We will occasionally hear comments like this from people who are new to CrossFit, and there’s a reason for that. Almost all Circuit, Toning, Body for Life programs come out of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is built around lengthy isolation workouts with the goal of achieving a particular look. There is nothing wrong with this, if you want to be a bodybuilder. When we say lengthy, we are talking about 15 hours and more A WEEK of work outs that by design do not help you move better, become faster or more flexible, or gain any real functional advantage. With CrossFit you are working maybe 4 hours a week, and NEVER doing any isolation movements. CrossFit is all about training functional movements that will allow you to get faster, stronger, leaner, more flexible and balanced. CrossFit is based on seemingly random exercise choices, and with that you may have weeks where you are doing a ton of pull ups, and weeks where you will do none. This keeps you in a place where your body never adapts, so it keeps getting better and better. So if you think you know what WOD will be your next, based on your last, think again.
I was watching some YouTube video’s on nutrition, and I came across a guy by the name of Paul Chek. The video series I watched was 2 hours, but worth every minute. If you want to check it out for yourself, here’s the link – YouTube Videos
Here are some interesting tidbits I took from the videos.
“I’m a drug user. I take drugs like carrots, tomatoes and chicken. All are readily available at your local supermarket.”
“There are 4369 books on dieting in the US. I’ve never seen a fat lion and they never read a diet book. You never seen an animal in its natural environment that have all the problems that humans have, and none of them know how to read.”
“Billions of dollars are spent on cancer research. In 1900, your risk of cancer was 1 in 30. In 1980, it was 1 in 5. In 1995, it was 1 in 3. And today, in 2008, where our medical science and technology are at an all time high, your chances of dying from cancer are greater than 1 in 2.”
“Grain that is too high in micro toxins to sell for human consumption is given to animals as feed. Then, we eat the animals.”
“At a school in New Zealand, researchers took a typical tray of food from a cafeteria and took it back to their lab. They studied it for harmful toxins and found 19 pesticides that were greater in quantity than the weekly safe limit. By the way, New Zealand has more strict pesticide and food control than other developed countries.”
“In the United States, $14 million is spent PER MINUTE on health care (#1 in the world). However, they rank between 19th and 37th on almost every category of public health.”
Three rounds, 21-15- and 9 reps, for time of:
Remember, we can scale this workout to anyone’s fitness level, so don’t be scared.
“It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit. And keep moving forward.” – Rocky
That quote came to mind after seeing everyone do Fran tonight. I feel so lucky to have witnessed a tremendous degree of perseverance. Fran threw so much at all of you, trying to beat you down, but you looked her in the eye and kept fighting. Ed, with his bloody hands, Jeanette with a huge fall and those dreaded thrusters trying to bring you to your knees…you all persevered. You’re all a great example that if your mind can conceive, it will achieve! Thank you for letting me see that tonight!
Today turned out to be a nice day. The clouds covered us for the warmup and while we worked on medicine ball cleans and wall balls. Then the bright, hot sun came out just in time for our “Modified Annie” WOD.
50-40-30-20-10 of Box Jumps and Situps
As soon as we finished, the sun hid behind the clouds again. Perfect timing!
Everybody kept the intensity high throughout this workout, and it showed in the resulting times. Great job everyone!! See you on Tuesday.
There’s been a few questions regarding the rain. “What if it rains during the workout?” My answer…”We’ll get wet”. If there is lightning tomorrow at 11am, that would be the only thing that cancels it. Well, maybe an earthquake too, but I don’t see that happening.
Start by drawing the top card and do that many reps of the suit. Example, if you draw the 9 of Hearts, you’re doing 9 burpees. Face cards are all worth 10! The goal is to get through the whole deck as fast as you can.
All those pullups will do amazing things to your hands 🙂
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What a HOT evening! We had 8 brave souls come out tonight and battle a great workout in the blistering heat. Luckily, we found some shade to take cover.
We worked on proper squat form for some time. Everybody’s squatting improved tremendously in the short amount of time we practiced. I was very impressed!
The workout: Tabata squats, situps and pushups. (Tabata is 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest…for 8 rounds. The round with the lowest amount of reps is your final score for each exercise.) Again, very impressed with everyone’s effort!
The CrossFit Games in Aromas, California are complete and the results are in.
Top female CrossFitters – First Place: Caity Matter, Second place: Tanya Wagner, Third Place: Gillian Mounsey
Top male CrossFitters – First Place: Jason Khalipa, Second place: Josh Everett, Third place: Jeremy Thiel
Jason Khalipa had an amazing come-from-behind victory!
I’d like to congratulate Anthony and Jodi Bainbridge from CrossFit Fredericton for showing the world that us New Brunswicker’s are tough shit. Anthony placed 16th overall, and Jodi came in 35th overall. You are both extremely talented athletes. Congratulations!!!
Thank you very much to everyone that came out to support CrossFit Moncton!!!
CrossFit Moncton’s Kick-off was a huge success with 20 participants in a gruesome workout. We threw a pile of exercises into a bin, shook it up, and drew them out. Here’s what went on:
-Run 200m forward
-50 Medicine ball cleans
-40 Wall balls
-30 Dumbbell swings
-20 Box jumps
-Run 400m backwards
It was a killer leg workout, but awesome nonetheless. I believe Daniel Doiron had the winning time of 11:30min. Everyone did amazing!!!
I’d like to thank Jeanette for helping me out today. Krista, for her awesome photography. Mom and Dad for helping with the setup and taking care of the BBQ. And everyone else that came out for support.
Hope you all make it back again! Bring a friend too!
Drawing the exercises
50 MedBall Cleans and 40 Wall balls are nothing to smile about
Saturday, July 5th ! Mark it on your calendar. CrossFit Moncton will be kicking off the summer in true CrossFit style.
The crowd will be gathering at 11am at Queen Elizabeth School playground, socializing, filling out waivers and all that jazz. Directions can be found under the “Location” link at the top. The Workout of the Day (WOD) will start at 12 noon. It will be a ‘Hopper’-style workout. For those of you that are unaware of what that means, I’ll put a bunch of exercises into a bin, shake it up, pull some out, and then we do them. Completely random, which is one of the main principles of CrossFit.
If you would like to participate in this WOD, please contact me ASAP. There is no charge. Free. Gratuit. Come try it out, see what CrossFit Moncton is all about. We are “everything you hated in gym class”!
Even if you’re not participating, come check us out anyway!! There’s going to be a BBQ and CAKE!!!