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Congratulations to David Saporito, Athlete of the Summer, 2017

See his feature editorial here.


Entries in odd objects (2)

Army Workout Recap

Earlier this morning we brought back the Summer 2014 Army Theme Workout with a few twists in the mix. First, we had an even group of 12, so we did teams of 4 instead of 5. As such, we took out the ring dip station in an attempt to keep the rotations even. Next we took out the partner deadlift because Coach T's monster sandbags are not here any more and added a bar swing in place, we subbed a medicine ball run for the double unders, and last but not least, Binno came up big for us and brought some 60-lb. logs from his house we could use for the cleans in conjunction with the tire flips.

After people got the hang of it, it seemed to go pretty smoothly.  The playlist was also very interesting; Binno managed to find an Army Cadence station on Spotify, which sounded exactly like you would imagine. The winning team consisted of Elizabeth, Murley, Saporito, and Ricky. You can see the full results here. And I managed to snap a few pictures that can be seen in the August '17 Daily WODs photo gallery.

Great job to everyone today, good looks to Elizabeth for bugging me over and over to bring this one back, and I think we might have room for one more theme workout between now and Harry Potter. So be on the lookout.

Calling Odd Objects

If you have been keeping up with the Campus Improv section, you'll notice that I always post an "odd object" version of the workout. This calls for the athlete to do the weighted portion of the workout with something other than the conventional barbell/dumbbell/medicine ball equipment we see in the gym.

Using an odd object can tell us a lot about our athleticism, positions, and technique. For instance, if we are thruster-ing a backpack we will most likely need to have the extreme corners of the squat position at our disposal in order to compensate for the lack of rack position we are forced to adopt.

From an athletic standpoint, it is easy for those of you not named Mama V to have good Power clean technique with an equally loaded and balanced barbell. But how will that technique translate over to Power cleaning a stone? Can you keep the fundamental movement pattern the same and just modify the poses?

What about doing pull-ups from a tree branch? In the weight room, there are very specific movement standards we use because of the purpose we have when training and they are based on keeping a stable position based on the thousands of repetitions you'll be doing (hook grip, elbows in, stable midline). But in the outside environment, the purposes might change. The standard for a clean would be to take something from the ground to your shoulders in the easiest way possible. The standard for a pull-up might be grip the thing as best you can then get your chin over the object. If you notice, this sounds a lot like the public standards CrossFit has for their movements - and that is because they are trying to build a connection between the movements in the gym and how they will appear in real life.

For the remainder of this week, the Campus Improv section will only feature Odd Object. No bodyweight. No dumbbells. Go explore and be creative!