First NPGL match has happened

Hyperbole. Patting yourselves on the back a little too hard.

Hyperbole. Patting yourselves on the back a little too hard.

I tried to watch the NPGL match last night between the New York and Los Angeles teams. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t get interested.

I follow all of the teams on Twitter and a few of them on Facebook. I have watched videos of them marketing themselves by spontaneously breaking into a WOD in Central Park. I have really been curious how the athletes will continue to participate in the NPGL and CrossFit sanctioned activities or if soon one entity will ask that they strictly perform for that said entity. I see some of the athletes are particpating in large national competitions like the Granite Games – how does that interfere with their team practices or matches? What about that some of the athletes live hundreds or thousands of miles from where the team is located? Is that really being a professional? During football or baseball season the players don’t live somewhere other than where their team is located and they certainly don’t participate in other competitive football or baseball competitions or games outside of their league. Could you imagine players in the NFL playing Arena Football, too?

Just doesn’t feel like a pro league. But, hey, it is still only year one, right? This could all change in five or 10 years.

What I think needs to change:

  1. They need a main lineup that is used 95% of the time. All the rotating makes it seem so much less impressive. What makes the CrossFit Games so impressive is that the same guy that can clean 350# can also walk on his hands for 50 yards or meters at a time. In the NPGL “players” (aka exercisers) are rotating so often it just doesn’t seem as impressive.
  2. And to dovetail on #1 – what’s the point of a “starting lineup” when you rotate between people so often?
  3. If #1 is not on the table to change – how about limiting the number of substitutions per inning or round or whatever they are calling each five minute race. Using 10 people (that’s what it feels like) to complete a WOD that typically is completed by one CrossFit athlete takes away a lot of the challenge.
  4. If the scoreboard is going to show a team in blue and a team in red, don’t let the team represented on the scoreboard by the color blue wear red shirts. God damn that was confusing. For all the thought supposedly put into the fan experience that was a huge whiff.
  5. And, finally, the biggest thing they need to change is the Grid itself. It is such a limiting factor to what they can test. Rope climbs, handstand pushups, Olympic lifting, bar work, ring work….then what? Sure other sports have a defined playing field, but this isn’t really a sport yet, is it? It feels like that at some point this limited set of movements will be mastered and just cannot be performed faster/better. There has to be a ceiling of sorts, right? If they have 10 people per team they could have one person that can fly through HSPU, strict, deficit, free standing, whatever. In other sports you are directly competing with someone else and they can PREVENT you from doing whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. Maybe in the NPGL needs some sort of defensive option? Maybe the other team can shoot their opponents with water guns to make them slip off of bars or loose their balance/concentration with other work? I guess this is why they moved from the Pro Fitness League as it really isn’t testing fitness in any way. It’s which team can perfect the movements limited to the GRID.

Number five is the main reason why I don’t think this is going to catch on, in my opinion. Then again, I don’t like soccer and that is doing pretty well, ain’t it? Maybe this does take off. Maybe this is just the first year and there will be some serious changes and it will get better. I love watching CrossFit competition – local or national. I love watching team competitions more than individual, but I just can’t get into the NPGL. Again, I think the size of the team and the frequent substitutions makes it so much less impressive. Cut the roster to five or six and now maybe we have something I will watch.

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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.