Oct 17th, 2005

10/16/05 WOD

4 Rounds for time:
50 Squats
45-lb dumbbell push press, 15 reps

Back in action today; my time: 19:14. Can anyone out there break the 10-minute mark?

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Dr. Uffe Ravnskov’s The Cholesterol Myths.

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Oct 15th, 2005

10/15/05

Rest Day

I’ll be back in action tomorrow. Check back for tomorrow’s workout.

In the meantime, I came across the following quote that sprinter Maurice Greene uses for inspiration in his pursuit of athletic greatness:

“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running.”

While I completely agree with the sentiment, I’d like the quote even more if we were to substitute the word “move” for the word “run”. For above all else, it’s functional movement that we’re after here (yes, we need variance and intensity as well). Running is certainly one of the irreducible functional movements that we love, but it ain’t the only game in town.

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Oct 14th, 2005

10/14/05 WOD

5 Rounds for time:
Row 500m
Rope climb, 2 ascents
45-lb Dumbbell thruster, 21 reps

While Jim took Team 6 and Team 7 on a running workout, I subjected myself to the above workout. I’ve let my metabolic conditioning slide a bit and really felt the metabolic cost of this workout. The rope climbs on the heels of the 500m rows were my undoing!

My final time: 29:06. Ouch! I know there are athletes out there far fitter than I, so have at it. Is there anyone who can do it in half my time?

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Looking for a link between exercise, diet, and evolutionary theory? Check out Art DeVany’s blog. His views on variety, intermittency, and intensity, as it relates to exercise, are perfectly compatible with what we’re doing here at CrossFit Oakland.

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Oct 13th, 2005

10/13/05 WOD

4 Rounds for time:
Run 400m
20 Push-ups
30 Jumping pull-ups

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Today we introduced Team 6 and Team 7 to the wonders of the jumping pull-up. The jumping pull-up is not only a tremendous gateway exercise for developing the pull-up, it’s incredibly functional, as evidenced by its core-to-extremity motor recruitment pattern, and as an added bonus, it packs a metabolic wallop.

So have you started CrossFitting yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Courtesy of the NorCal S&C crew in Chico, CA, Exercise is not Optional.

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Oct 12th, 2005

New Pull-up Bar at CrossFit Oakland

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Now that the pull-up bar has been installed at CrossFit Oakland, the possible permutations for CrossFit programming are nearly limitless, and incredibly robust to boot.

The value of the pull-up, whether on its own or in combination with other functional movements, cannot be overstated. Not surpisingly, then, the pull-up is a staple of our programming here at CrossFit Oakland.

CrossFit is spreading! Even Men’s Journal knows about CrossFit (see entry #4 on their list).

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Oct 3rd, 2005

Quoted

“There is NO better fitness program for fire fighters or law enforcement.”

- Mike Bender, 10-time winner of the “Toughest Cop Alive” competition

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