Anything – ANYTHING – that goes wrong around any gym equipment is a “CrossFit Fail”

Look, I’m all for laughing at moronic CrossFitters that do stupid things, but generalizing ALL accidents that occur in a gym, garage, park or otherwise as “CrossFit” is head-banging-on-the-desk-annoying.

Here is the video:

If you Olympic lift in any fashion it is a “CrossFit Fail”.

  • First video is in some dudes garage and those pictures on the wall all are weightlifters, who generally do not like CrossFit. But, it is a fail of sorts and there is a barbell in the video, so it must be CrossFit.
  • The secnod video very well be in a CrossFit gym, but does that make it a CrossFit fail? (It is funny, either way.)
  • The clean fail at the :31 mark is clearly in a power lifting gym and not CrossFit in anyway, shape or form. But, hey, someone failed at an Olympic lift so it MUST be CrossFit.
  • Guy doing a snatch in a globo-gym at 3:11. What CrossFit gym have you been to that has that many pulley machines? CrossFit doesn’t use machines, it makes machines.

If you max height box jump in any fashion it is a “CrossFit Fail”. Continue reading

Today is day 1 of another Whole 30

Quick thoughts about starting my 3rd Whole 30 today.

  • My eating isn’t bad, I wouldn’t say, but it isn’t great. I have allowed myself to eat a cookie now and again – maybe a few a week when I pick up my kids at my parents house, for example.
  • I have become way too comfortable drinking diet soda….again…
  • I have become really relaxed on not eating gluten. Not that I eat it everyday, but I have allowed myself to consume a bit of it once or twice a week. For example, we like Five Guys burgers and while I get mine in a lettuce wrap I don’t even hesitate to finish my two year olds burger if she doesn’t, bun and all. The other night we went to Chili’s solely because I had a coupon for free chips – and a ate a bunch of them.
  • I don’t drink beef often, maybe once a week, but I often wonder what would happen to my mid section of I cut it out altogether. This will never happen because I love beer and don’t want to deprive myself, but for a month let’s see.
  • This will not be a true Whole 30. I have a bachelors party I am going to on June 14th that is in Fort Collins and the groom wants to go to various micro-breweries. While I have survived other family get-togethers and other parties while on a Whole 30 I am going to break for that day to enjoy the day and enjoy some beer.
  • I have thought in the past about doing a modified Whole 30 (I know, I know, it is either a Whole 30 or it isn’t). My modification would allow myself diet soda. I am dreading tomorrow because I will be back at work and am cutting out diet soda. Walking to the corner store while at work to get a pop has become not only a fix to my addiction, but it gets me out of the office for a walk. I will need to continue to get out and walk, but not go to the corner store.
  • Today (I am writing this on Monday the 26th) I bought donuts. What the hell, right? I know I am starting a Whole 30 tomorrow and I haven’t purchased donuts in probably 10 years. No kidding. Even before Paleo I always struggled with my weight. Sure, I ate donuts when someone else bought them, but I never bought them myself. Since I bought donuts now I HAVE to start tomorrow.

Wish me good luck, I am going to need it. My body needs it. I will create another food log tomorrow (Tuesday) or the day after to track what I consume for the month. Let’s hope it is clean. My wife is doing one, too, also her third and we will chat every night to support each other and keep on track. With both of us doing it it becomes much easier because when we go out to eat we will pick a place that is Whole 30 compliant (as far as we know) like Chipotle.

First the Fittest Woman and now the second fittest…

Last week Sam Briggs failed to even quality for the CrossFit Games in Carson, California, much less win her second CrossFit Games in a row. This week the lady who finished second in 2013 failed to advance out of her region as Lindsey Valenzuela failed to advance out of the Southern California region. She was bested by Valerie Voboril (finished third in the 2013 CrossFit Games), Becca Voigt (advancing to her seventh CrossFit Games) and Lauren Fisher (20 yeard old phenom who was recently featured on the cover of USAW magazine).

The difference between Valenzuela and Briggs was that Valenzuela didn’t have one really bad event like Briggs did, she just didn’t do really well in any event. Last weekend Briggs won three events, but finished 26th in the handstand walk event. This weekend Valenzuela had two second place finishes (including the snatch event, which many would think she would win, easily), two sixth place finished, one seventh and two eighth place finishes. She didn’t do really poorly in any event, but consistently finished behind the three ladies who are going to Carson. She just plain got beat. It wasn’t a butt kicking as Fisher finished only nine points ahead of her, but when Fisher destroyed Valenzuela in the pullup/OHS event it was a resounding “I’m here” moment for Fisher.

Fisher had been coming for years, including going to the Games last year on one of the Invictus teams and being a highly accomplished junior weightlifter. Valenzuela did OK in the Open, finishing seventh, but apparently her and Sam had a few holes in their training. Well, I can’t say that for Sam – her loss came in a one try only event of a highly specific skill. Valenzuela just didn’t have enough gas, or fitness, to advance. In almost every event she never even looked to dominate with the exception of the 50’s event in which she finished second. Even in that event, however, she charged out off of the rings first and headed back to the wall balls to only be passed by Voigt, who never looked back to take first in the event. Continue reading

Why I chose OPT – and am loving the decision so far

Today another trainer at the box I workout at (and coach at) asked my why I chose OPT programming to follow over my own boxes programming or Outlaw or CrossFit.com or any of the numerous other programs available to follow for free. I think this is a damn good question and I wrote entirely too much in response to him on Facebook so I figured I couldn’t let that jumbled mess go to waste on Facebook – sounds like enough of a reason for a blog post to me!

Unfortunately I couldn’t give him a short answer as I have become really enamored with programming. From checking multiple websites everyday to see what they program for no reason other than curiosity, to trying to program for myself for a period of time. The idea of helping someone simply by giving them work intrigues me. The idea of putting together mesocycles with perfection hits the correct part of my brain and makes me want to open an Excel spreadsheet and get to it. This is mostly why I have jumped around so much – too much – in recent months. I find it so interesting and so fun I always want to try something new. I want to find that one program that will not only prevent me from getting fat (most of them are good at this), but will also help me build strength as it just kills me how little I can squat (this is where most fall apart). Continue reading

The 2013 Fittest Woman in the World is not one of the three fittest ladies in Europe in 2014

Those handstand walks. The f’ing handstand walks. They are killing some really good athletes. As I wrote last week, if it wasn’t for the handstand walks Stacy Tovar would be headed back to Carson this year, but there are handstand walks and she sucked at them, so she isn’t.

This week the handstand walks killed Sam Briggs chances of repeating as the Fittest Woman on Earth as she couldn’t even advance out of the European Regional due to her inability to walk on her hands.

That sounds odd, doesn’t it? Briggs isn’t one of the top three fittest ladies in Europe because she can’t walk on her hands as far as others. Not that she CAN’T walk on her hands in general, but that she couldn’t walk on her hands for a few hundred feet. Briggs only – only – walked on her hands for 65 feet while the top ladies were getting well over 200 – seven ladies scored over 200 feet. She murdered everything else, but can’t walk on her hands, so she isn’t the fittest.

However, remember back to 2010 when Graham Holmberg won the Games, he won it because Rich Froning couldn’t climb a rope. Froning had the Games in his hands, but since he couldn’t get up the rope he is a three time champ, instead of four time. Also, this year there were many athletes who struggled with a single movement – overhead squats, ring dips, legless rope climbs or muscle-ups, that may have cost them a chance to advance to Carson. Alyssa Ritchey, in particular, in Central East lost out on the games due to one no-rep on her final overhead squat in the final event on Sunday. Had she nailed that rep she would have advanced and Michelle Kinney would not have (also due to a poor showing in the handstand walk event). Continue reading