300!!

I have had a few goals for a year or two now: 300 back squat, 400 deadlift, 225 clean, 200 snatch. I have power cleaned 225, but I don’t think I have squat cleaned it. I think I would like to add getting 250 overhead to my goals. I can’t forget a free standing handstand and a muscle-up, too. I am able to hold a free standing handstand for a brief second or two, but I really want to get up and hold it for a nice period of time.

Today I finally hit 300 back squat! Looking at my black book, in April of 2012 I started tracking my back squat and in April of 2012 my max was 185. I have added 115 pounds in just over 2 years. I think that is good? To be honest, I don’t know. What I do know is that if I had been actually TRAINING for more of those 2 years I bet I would have hit 300 sooner.

The 1st 50 pounds or so added to my BS was just doing CrossFit and doing weighted back squats – something I very rarely did prior to doing CrossFit. I did 3 separate Smolov Jr cycles, to varying success. Now, the last 3 months I have been doing OPT programming and that has put on about 20 pounds to my squat in about 3 months.

Either way, it is nice to finally hit 300!

No one should golf ever again, it’s too dangerous

I can safely say that after watching the video below that anyone who swings a golf club is a moron. It is too dangerous! I think all golf courses should be closed. If you like to hit white balls you should play baseball. It is much safer. Why is baseball safer? Because I say so.

Pay no mind that the vast majority of the fails in this video did not occur on the golf course, or even occur when really playing golf as intended, it is people swinging golf clubs at a ball of some sort. All golf is extremely dangerous!

I kid, of course. But it is no different then when a video like this is released I get emails, Facebook chats and other communications from family and friends telling me how dangerous CrossFit is because someone fell from a pullup bar hanging from the door jam of their bedroom.

Rich Froning AND Jason Khalipa?!

Call me what you will; CrossFit conspiracy theorist, nut job, guy-who-just-doesn’t-trust-Castro, whatever….but….

So we all know that Rich Froning has been saying 2014 was his last year competing as an individual. He has said he wants to spend time doing other things, like spending time with his new daughter. Maybe working out four or five times a day, seven days a week isn’t the most healthy thing? If he ever returns to competing individually in CrossFit, who knows.

But now Jason Khalipa is also retiring from competing as an individual? The guy who says he trains the way he does simply because he loves it. I haven’t read anywhere that his daughters would keep him from his garage for a late night WOD. His first daughter didn’t stop him, but now his second will? Or whatever his reasoning.

I applaud anyone who puts his or her family first. I can’t hate on either of these guys for that (if this is Khalipa’s reasoning). But I can’t help think that Dave Castro wants to do whatever he can to absolutely squash the National Pro Grid League (I can’t even type that without wondering what in the F a “grid league” is…and I know what it is – worst. name. ever.). The NPGL is team based and it is poaching highly recognizable CrossFit athletes. Valenzuela, Ben Smith, Sidelle, Hackenbruck, the list goes on and on.

Castro’s ego cost him relationships with Greg Everett and Robb Wolf and any guys who has to change t-shirts every time he makes an appearance, even if those appearances are just an hour apart, and seemingly puts entirely too much emphasis on his hair – rubs me the wrong way. His ego is very large and since the CrossFit community has glossed him “THE Dave Castro” he just cannot bear to lose any of his spotlight. Spotlight that may be stolen by the NPGL.

Enter Froning and Khalipa and possibly super-mega-CrossFit Games teams. I can’t recall where I saw it or read it, but someone asked Froning if he would invite some of the best female athletes in the world to workout at his box in Tennessee to get around the rules to form a super team for the CrossFit Games season – he said he would without a doubt.

Enter my conspiracy theory: Castro has asked both Froning and Khalipa to go team and form super teams. I wouldn’t be surprised to see one more big name athlete go team in 2015 and have a team with three, four or maybe even six individual Games athletes on it. Start publicizing that immediately. Along with the US vs Europe competition there will be other team based CrossFit competitions. Maybe not the same format as the NPGL has with their grid, but team based CrossFit competitions. The same team in each event. Khalipa has a West coast team, Froning is Central or East coast. Maybe Camille starts a Canadian team. These are all the biggest of big names in CrossFit who haven’t signed with the NPGL and they all happen to be buddies with Castro and CrossFit HQ.

Put together a few super CrossFit teams, put a few matches of some sort on the internet and try to squash the NPGL before it takes off. Just like how the UFC started putting out free fights the same night as Strikeforce had pay-per view events. Strikeforce was just starting to embark on UFC territory and the Dana White made sure that didn’t happen by offering free fights on Spike TV the same time Strikeforce had fights on PPV. And the UFC didn’t put up no-names, it put its biggest fighters on TV – for free! Will we see Team Froning vs Team Khalipa aired on the internet the same time the NPGL has matches?

I guess this conspiracy theorist thinks so.

My 2014 CrossFit Games Thoughts

Because I know the four people who have looked at my blog in the past month care what I think, here are my random thoughts about the CrossFit Games this year. (Not all are related to actual fitness.)

  • Seeing Dave Castro wearing a Miranda Oldroyd t-shirt/jersey when announcing the final events this year rubs me wrong. For a “sport” that says that it is unkown and unknowable this, to me, screams the possibility that some athletes may know what the workouts will be prior to everyone else. There are rumors on various sites that claim they have definitive evidence and/or knowledge that some athletes know what the Open, Regional or Games events will be prior to everyone else. That isn’t fair.
  • And speaking of this, some of the judges are Level 1 CrossFit instructors. What is wrong with that? Many of the athletes competing are also Level 1 CrossFit instructors. They spend weekends together, travel together and spend quite a bit of time together. Wouldn’t it seem somewhat plausible that these judges might look the other way or give the benefit of the doubt if they are judging someone they work with 10 or 12 (or more) weekends a year? Someone they know really well and like.
  • I don’t like the scoring. I think it needs a complete overhaul. Why is the scoring at the Games different than Regionals or the Open? Make it the same.
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