Monthly Archives: October 2008
Oct 31st, 2008

Kids Can CrossFit, Too!


Ben in action during the morning session last Saturday

On the heels of our post on our Super Seniors, we thought it would be appropriate to redirect a little of the spotlight onto our CrossFitters at the other end of the age spectrum.

Ben is one of a handful of kids who’ve made the jump into CF training, and now he trains right alongside everyone else in our group classes. He’s been a great addition to CFO and he, along with our other CF juniors (we’ll be profiling some of our other CF juniors in the near future), is making some great strides in his level of fitness.

Ben’s first CF workout was our FGB fundraiser workout; it doesn’t get any better than that!

Props to Ben in comments.

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Oct 30th, 2008

Senior Class Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11a.m.!

“The Regulars”

Our seniors class is the epitome of dedication! We’ve been meeting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11a.m. for the last few months with a core group of people who are seeing tremendous gains! Encourage your parents and grandparents to check the class out.

Props to our seniors in comments.

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Oct 29th, 2008

Dance, Dance, Dance!

Often times, a lot of the fun that happens at CFO goes on after the workouts are all finished.

This was the case after Tami finished Queen Kong (3 rounds of 1 deadlift @ 325#, 2 muscle-ups, 3 squat cleans @ 185#, and 4 handstand push-ups) last week. We kept the cameras rolling as Manwell, Lau, and MJJ paid tribute to Tami via the ancient art of dance (if that’s what you want to call what they’re doing).

Let the comments roll.

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Oct 28th, 2008

CrossFit Oakland Halloween Party!


We will be having a Halloween Night (Friday, October 31st) Party beginning at 8p.m. We have plenty of libations and a few nibblers; everyone is welcome and please bring some food to share. Best Costume gets a FREE month of training! There will be a men’s division and women’s division, with an unbiased panel of three judges.

Post a description of the BEST Halloween costume you’ve seen to comments.

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Oct 26th, 2008

Working the Kinks Out


A big thanks to Susie for coming in to CFO today and giving a talk and hands-on demo on massage therapy.


We’re holding a CFO Halloween party next Friday–don’t forget! The fun begins at 8pm.

We have a number of events planned, including a costume contest, the winner of which gets a month of training free.

Bring some food to share with others; we’ll take care of the alcohol.

And come in costume!

More details to follow during the week…

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Oct 24th, 2008

Trunk Strength


Let’s get a little Q & A going.

If you had to go about developing a strong trunk without the use of sit-ups, how would you do it?

Additionally, can you think of a good reason for trunk flexion?

Finally, how does a strong trunk contribute to functional movement? Or even more to the point, what are the best indicators of one’s trunk strength?

Post your thoughts and answers to comments.


We’re holding a free massage clinic beginning at 11am this Saturday–don’t miss out!

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Oct 23rd, 2008

Why Weightlifting Shoes?


If you don’t already own a pair of weightlifting shoes, we highly recommend that you consider purchasing a pair. Bud Charinga has an excellent article about the history of lifting shoes and the marriage of form and function that has developed over the last 100 years of the sport. Whether you have a pair or are considering getting some it’s worth a read. You can find it here:

You can order lifting shoes here:
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Post your podalic thoughts to comments.

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Oct 22nd, 2008

Brandon and Candace Doing Grace at CF Unlimited

Thanks to MJJ for filming Brandon and Candace doing Grace at this past weekend’s Big Girls Don’t Cry affiliate throwdown, and thanks to TomC for editing and publishing the video.

Brandon, Candace, Daniel, and Connor all tore it up. Brandon ended up taking second, Daniel third, and Candace finished first.

Props to the CFO crew for representing us so well.

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Oct 21st, 2008

Trigger Point Workshop: Saturday, November 8th at 11a.m.


>Saturday, November 9th 11a.m to 1p.m.

We will be holding a 2-hour educational workshops to learn how you can use the tools from Trigger Point Technologies combined with functional stretches and exercises to alleviate many joint dysfunctions by relieving tension within the muscles that affect that joint. To Register, log on here

To learn more about myofunction:
In case you haven’t noticed we are posting all upcoming CrossFit Oakland Events on the bulletin board in the back of the gym near the jump ropes. You will find information on all upcoming workshops, seminars, and community gatherings on the bulletin board along with sign-up sheets. We also send a CFO newsletter out via email every couple of months and want to update our files, so please leave your email address (if you haven’t yet received a newsletter and would like to) on the bulletin board.

Upcoming Workshops and Seminars

October 25th- Massage Clinic with Susie

November 5th-Seminar with Kelly Starett of CFSF on Shoulders and Hips

November 15-Nutrition Support Potluck Dinner

Post any clinics or seminars that you would like to see come through CFO to comments.

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Oct 19th, 2008

Snatching at the Olympic Lifting Seminar in Chico!


The CFO crew in action

Not much to report after day one (truth be told, it’s quite the opposite; we have too much to report, but it would make for a really long blog post!), other than the fact that we’ve learned a lot, and not only are we looking forward to applying what we’ve learned to our own game, but to sharing it with all of you when we get back as well.

Good luck to all of you participating in BGDC tomorrow. Our thoughts are with you way up here in Chico.

Post to comments the person who is in the strongest position to successfully execute a snatch from the pictures above. Give your reason(s) why.

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