This is my first blog so bear with me. Just a quick little intro about how I came to Crossfit Strong.. I suppose my story is similar to a lot of people that find their way to CFS. Since I had graduated from college ( about 20 yrs ago); I thought Globo-gym was the only way to exercise. I ran during college, probably logging 25 miles a week. My first date with my wife (Cat) was a 6 mile run. After college, running came to a halt, literally.
Cat was always encouraging me to “try out CFS, you’ll be good at it”; or “ Gale will look out for you”, or “ do it and if you don’t like it, then at least you tried”. That went on for about 2 years. The first people I ever met with CFS was at one of the socials. First came Witte, then Kyle, Landan, and then Gale. See where I’m headed. Basically, the team that Cat had first gone to competition with. So my intimidation factor was high. I had it in my head that everyone who worked out at CFS had the physical prowess of all those guys and all the girls were probably ball-busters like Cat. There was no way in hell I was stepping in there just to humiliate myself.
While the Team and Individual competitors threw down on the Track and the Stadium, 7 teams of CrossFit teens from across the country gathered in Lot 17 for 4 workouts over 3 days.
The teens, who are all high school age, were on a mission to show the community that CrossFit Kids is not just for little kids. The workouts showcased their conditioning, skill, and strength. Event 1 on Friday was an AMRAP in 12 minutes of 50 power cleans (135/95 lb.), 50 box jumps (30/24 inches) and 150 double-unders, with one team member working at a time. This was followed by a 1-rep-max front squat for each member.
From: CrossFit 203
You’re asked in a job interview, what your strengths and weaknesses are and you reply “my Fran time is strong but I need work on my double unders.”
You tell an attractive woman after the workout, “You’re a freaking beast!”, and she wholeheartly says “Thank you!”
You don’t own a tractor but you own tractor tires.
Every time you go to Lowe’s/Home Depot, you are looking for the exercise potential of equipment rather than stuff for your home.
Your shins have more scrapes than a twelve year old boy.
You know better than to say, “That looks easy”.
You’ve spent HOURS watching videos of other people working out (who does that?).
CrossFit t-shirts dominate your wardrobe.
When you travel, your first concern is if there is a local affiliate close by.
You know that a 70%+ dark chocolate bar can sub as 3 blocks carbs.
You must WOD with loud obnoxious music, but never hear a word of it.
You don’t bite your nails, you pick your callouses
You talk about WODS, Snatches, Thrusters, and Jerking, and know that these all have nothing to do with sex
You consider other CrossFitter’s family.
You believe the world would be a better place if everyone was a CrossFitter.
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I read this post from Rehoboth Crossfit (copied below) and thought it really captured the difference between the gym chains around here and CrossFit. The question I hear a lot from people looking into CrossFit is what’s the difference to make it worth it? Read on….
I visited a Crossfit affiliate for the first time ever this weekend. Allow me to compare and contrast a first-time Crossfit visit vs. a first-time Globo gym visit. Globo first:
- Enter gym. Notice front desk employee sitting in front of a computer. Wait about 15-20 seconds for them to stop playing solitaire or Facebook.
- “Hi, I’m Brian. This is my first time here.” “Oh, let me get a “trainer” to show you around.”
- Walk through the gym. Trainer shows you the “cardio areas”, which consist of rows upon rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes.
- Next, you are shown the “machines areas”. Various contraptions with diagrams that highlight whatever muscle group the thing is supposed to isolate. If you’re lucky, they’ll have Hammer Strength stuff!! You may get a line like “This machine is designed to work you exactly like free weights.” You think to yourself, “Hmmm, well why not just do free weights, then?” You also note that at least 2 of the four walls in every area are made up entirely of mirrors. And people are standing and looking at themselves in them.
- The tour continues: “Here we have the free weight area. You can use this if you want to get hyoooge.” This typically equates to the square footage of a walk-in closet. Work boots, little tank-tops, and multiple shakers full of supplements abound.
- Now, the all-important retreat into a tiny office where you get the used-car sale. Something like, “Well, typically our memberships are $59/mo, plus a $269 sign-up fee. We’ll waive the fee and set you up on a tiered payment plan where every year the fee will drop 11.59043% until you reach year 4, at which point…” blah blah blah. You counter with, “Well my friend pays $20/mo with no sign-up fee.” They respond, “I’ll have to get my manager.” The dance continues. You threaten to walk out. At this point, you may or may not get the “super secret pricing deal”. You realize you’ve lost a little bit of your soul. They throw in free tanning.
- You are now a member. You work out for 2 years. You see the same people every day. You never talk to them. After 2 years you notice that they all look exactly the same as the first day you ever saw them, despite the fact that they spend at least an hour a day on the elliptical while reading a magazine or talking on their cell phones.
OK, the Crossfit gym first-time experience:
- The first thing you notice is that there really isn’t a front door – it’s a garage door. Or two. Did this place used to be an auto shop?
- The next thing you notice are people on the floor gasping for air. You can see this clearly as the whole place is one open room and the garage doors are open.
- You walk in. At first, you’re not quite sure who works there and who works out there – they all look about the same. Eventually, a trainer or owner finds you and greets you enthusiastically.
- You’re invited to take part in a workout. As you wait for the current group to finish up, you take notice of your surroundings.
- No air conditioning. No mirrors. Not a single treadmill. Rowers – uh oh.
- Ropes and gymnastics rings hanging from the ceiling. Kettlebells. Weight racks. Weird rubber weights. Lots and lots and lots of places to do pull-ups. Instead of mirrors, the walls are covered with dry-erase boards. And peoples names are listed under various workouts that have girls’ names as the titles. Obviously people compete over everything here. As people finish the workout and peel themselves off the floor, you notice that they all seem to be friends.
- OK, time for the workout. A trainer takes you and whoever else is there for a first-time visit and you do some stretches, and then they actually teach you how to do whatever you’re going to be doing that day. Real instruction (with PVC pipe), and the guy (or girl) actually sounds like they know what they’re talking about.
- Workout time. 3-2-1-go. 1 minute into the workout you realize that you actually might die before it’s done. You regret eating whatever it was you ate for breakfast, because you’re pretty sure everybody is going to see it coming out of your mouth. 7 minutes later you’re finished, and soaked with sweat on a pile on the floor. You think to yourself that you did more work in 7 minutes than most people at your old globo did in a month.
- After the workout, you’re told you can hang around and ask questions or go home and ice yourself down. No pitch.
Now, which one sounds better? I’m pretty sure I have not exaggerated anything here – these are my actual experiences. I’m also joining the Crossfit gym.
originally posted on livefitandsore.com
Coaches Jerry and Conan will be judging at the CrossFit Games-Mid Atlantic Regional this weekend. Stop by and see some fire breathers in action!
The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Mid Atlantic Regional Qualifier takes places in Fairfax, Virginia at the George Mason University Field House Complex. This 100,000 sq. ft. sports facility has hosted everything from track & field events, basketball tournaments, to antique shows. The GMU Field House has a 200M indoor track, huge male and female locker rooms, and plenty of bleacher seating. There are many hotels within 10 minutes of the Field House. Parking is available for over 600 vehicles.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional will be full of fire-breathing, badass CrossFitters. We have several individual male and female competitors at the top of the Reebok CF Games Leaderboard. Though this will be as exciting and competitive as any sports event you will attend this year, we cannot have ANY alcohol or pets in the Field House or on the Field House Grounds.
I loved this post. Ideals of what is considered beauty and healthy change all the time. I look at these pics of ‘pudgy stockton’ and think — no way would that be pudgy. That’s a strong, lean person.
Since becoming involved in Strength Training through CROSSFIT, I have gained a new profound perspective on what is beautiful. I used to want to be “skinny” and thought that by just getting down to a size 2 that I’d be thoroughly content and “beautiful”. Well, thanks to lifting iron, I have changed that belief entirely. Now, I choose to be strong. Strength for me is beautiful. It’s empowering. Women shy away from heavy lifting because they believe it will bulk them up and make them appear too masculine, but of course this is all a farce. Strength training, especially for a person like me who was a medically fragile and sedentary child, has caused this emergence of POWER that I never thought possible. I fully understand Henry Rollin’s ode to the iron now more then ever. Better than any anti-depressant, better than starving myself to be a weakly size 2, better than diet pills, diet plans, etc.
Along with my obsession and admiration of Rosie the Riveter, Frida Kahlo, and others, I have recently added the legendary PUDGY STOCKTON to my list of inspirational and powerful women.
Pudgy was a professional strongwoman in the 1940s. She was sexy, beautiful, feminine, and STRONG! She was athletically built and definitely had curves to envy!
Lanky Supermodels just don’t cut it for me anymore. I rather be PUDGY.
originally posted on livefitandsore.com
I find this post humorous – it’s something to think about — cheating on your reps.
In recent weeks we here at Life AsRx have been discussing the subject of people cheating during their workouts. Although we would like to think this doesn’t happen in CrossFit we all know that occasionally certain individuals do shave reps to have a better score on the board. The question is, who is responsible (if anyone) for calling them out and how should it be done.