By Max Lewin
New Men’s & Women’s Push-Jerk Records at CFO
Both the Men’s and Women’s Push-Jerk Records at CrossFit Oakland fell today. You will have to watch to video to find out who generated the most power.
Also on the table is the Bodyweight Push-Jerk record. So far Justin has it at 1x bodyweight (183), but a certain super-hero like CF’r can probably beat it…
Healthy competition is a hallmark of well-rounded athletes. If you can wrap your mind around the concept of being goal-oriented without attachment to results you will be most of the way there. You can compete in many sectors: against yourself, against others, against others in your age group, against the clock, against a fraction of a world record (for example can you get within 1.5x of the world record for the mile; about 5:50?), etc.
Competition is important because it shows us what is possible: before Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1946 it was thought to be “impossible”. Once he broke it the record only stood for 26 days! Admittedly there is a bit of hype in this example, but the logic is sound. There are many other examples of this type of athletic achievement being inspired by competition.
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Interesting article on gender differences in competitive urge: