How far has CrossFit come?

This video is amazing…amazing in that it shows how far CrossFit has come in just four years. Not only are the athletes struggling – STRUGGLING – with muscle-ups and what is considered a light snatch these days, but the announcers are even struggling calling the “squat snatch” a “squat clean”.

The muscle-up technique is terrible and I am sure all of these girls can complete Amanda in much less time today simply because they can “squat snatch” (I hate that term because it just a snatch…if I tell you to “snatch” I expect a squat) so much better and link together muscle-ups easily. In fact, here is Camille doing Amanda at the men’s weight just a month ago or so.

And watch the whole thing to watch Jason Khalipa just look awful snatching 135 pounds.

2014 CrossFit/exercise videos in review

Here are my favorite videos from 2014 related to exercising or CrossFit (mostly CrossFit).

…and a few golf videos. Hey, I like to golf! Be warned, I like to watch CrossFit videos so this COULD slow down your browser as all of them load.

First up is our humor category
Any of the Danny Broflex videos for sure. Here is the first one, you can find the rest yourself

Video from a local gym here in Denver with one of my original CrossFit coaches, Leo

This had me chuckling

Best inspirational video
Hands down was Barbell Shrugs video leading up to the 2014 CrossFit Open

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Another easy post thanks to McDonald’s

McDonald’s release another video trying to convince the general public that their food is OK to eat:

Let’s just start by saying that at no point in any of these videos do they take you to the FARM where these animals are raised. What are these animals fed? How are they treated? What kind of growth hormones are being given to the animals. And if they are being doped up, what other crap are they putting in them so they don’t die prematurely? I mentioned this same thing when McDonald’s put out the video on its McRibb sandwich.

What McDonald’s does with its food after the animal has been slaughtered is only telling half of the story.

But what this video does show is still not all that impressive.

Ingredients in chicken nuggets according to the McDonald’s website:

White Boneless Chicken, Water, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Seasoning (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavoring [Botanical Source], Safflower Oil, Dextrose, Citric Acid), Sodium Phosphates, Natural Flavor (Botanical Source). Battered and Breaded with: Water, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate), Spices, Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Corn Starch.

That’s 13 ingredients in the chicken and 20 in the breading for a whopping total of 33 ingredients in one little nugget. I count sugar and corn based products (highly likely to contain GMOs) twice each in the ingredients. And, if you’re like me and try your darndest to avoid gluten, there is plenty of wheat, yeast, etc in these puppies.

Who can have a nugget without some dipping sauce?

We will just look at the most popular sauce, or so I guess, BBQ:

High fructose corn syrup, water, tomato paste, grape vinegar, distilled vinegar, salt, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), food starch-modified, spices, dextrose, soybean oil, natural smoke flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, caramel color, garlic powder, cellulose gum, dried chili peppers, malic acid, natural flavor (fruit and vegetable source), onion powder, sodium benzoate (preservative), succinic acid.

Begins with HFC syrup and lists “soy” or some variety three times. No thank you.

OK, so it is just meat (and 12 other ingredients) that comprises just the middle of the nugget, but once you add the breading and the sauce you add in another 47 ingredients with plenty of sugar, soy, crap and even xanthan and cellulose gum for good measure. Gross.

Oh, and I stumbled upon this gem on their website. Thankfully we don’t shop at the “some grocery” stores that McDonald’s mentions in their answer.