2 “CrossFit” Jargon Pet Peeves

Some pet peeves of mine that I see when reading CrossFit workouts from gyms. I was just reading a bunch of the “12 Days of Christmas” WODs posted to the CrossFit Facebook page and saw one comment that wasn’t even in a 12 Days of Christmas format (it was just a long grueling workout) and another post who asked “if other gyms make you go back and do each day over like the song”? If you are doing a “12 Days of Christmas” workout you better have something like 1 wall walk, 2 burpees, 3 handstand push ups, etc, etc and the pattern should be 1 wall walk followed by 2 burpees and 1 wall walk, followed by 3 HSPU, 2 burpees and 1 wall walk, etc. If it varies from that in anyway, it’s not a 12 Days of Christmas workout.  (Not saying you have to use those movements for those days, those are just examples of movements one might select.)

So, in reading some comments here are some things I saw:

Referring to the “Bear Complex” and meaning power clean + front squat + push press + back squat + behind the neck push press – without putting the bar down. This is not a Bear complex, this is ONE SEVENTH of a Bear complex. I suppose this is nitpicking, but it drives me crazy when people think the Bear complex is just one time through those movements. It is supposed to be those movements SEVEN times WITHOUT PUTTING THE BAR DOWN. If you go through that complex one time, it’s just a complex. Educate yourself:

Nice jean shorts, bro. Love the old videos before every CrossFit video you watch is covered in Reebok and Rogue logos. Just regular people doing CrossFit in regular clothes. Ya, I still wear basketball shorts to the gym. Sue me.

Next up…

Seeing the words “squat” and “snatch” used together or “squat” and “clean”. Look, there is a snatch and a clean and jerk. There are variations of those movements in whether or not you break parallel in the catch of either. There are variations in where the bar starts, but there is no such thing as a squat snatch or a squat clean. That’s like saying a dunk in basketball is a jump shot dunk. Of course you have to jump to dunk the ball. Of course you have to squat to perform a snatch or a clean. The only people that want to know if a clean is a “squat clean” are those not mobile enough or capable of performing a clean. Watch any national weightlifting event and no one will utter the words squat snatch. It doesn’t exist.  I often feel that I failed as a coach when someone in my class asks what the difference is between a snatch and a power snatch. A little piece of me dies inside. Then someone takes the hot poker and twists it into my heart when someone else speaks up and says that a power snatch starts at your knees and a snatch starts from the ground. Lord help me!!

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Do you have anything that is either routinely misinterpreted or or redundant (think “Sport SUV”…what? That vehicle is a Sport Sport Utility Vehicle?!).

WOD – 12.19.2012

What a pistol should look like. Notice the knee is not traveling past the toes.

Did a little bit of everything today. Felt good. One of those days when you just want to do everything.

Warmup
500m row
Squat hold
20 lunges
Push press with just the bar
1-5 pushup inch worms (1st inch worm do 1 pushup at the bottom, 2nd do 2, etc)

WOD(s)
Bear complex

EMOTM 3 squat cleans for 12 minutes

12 min AMRAP of:
10 push press
10 OHS
10 pistols

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