Bragging Rights

Mar 29th, 2008

Bragging Rights

Forget humility. Which CF movement do you feel you have mastered or at least become so proficient at that you use it frequently as a party trick while in mixed company? Which of the “moves” do you aspire to execute with grace and power?

Commit hubris to comments.

DISCUSSION 20 Comments

  1. Mike Minium March 29, 2008 at 4:22 am

    I’ve mastered none.

    But if I could carry around a speed rope in my pocket, I might be inclined to bust out a quick 50 double-unders as a party trick. I have no shame like that.

  2. Jonathan March 29, 2008 at 4:29 am

    i’ve been guilty of doing a quick pistol or two in mixed company. kettlebell juggling is sort of a guilty pleasure as well, although that opportunity rarely presents itself. i wish I could do freestanding handstand pushups. that would be rad.

  3. Allen March 29, 2008 at 5:01 am

    Muscleups are always fun, if there happen to be rings at the party…which happens like all the time. I would love to be able to do handstand pushups on the rings but that is a long way off.

  4. Allen March 29, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I used to think Jackie Chan was totally rad. After watching that video, I think he’s an amazing athlete and performer, but crazy/stupid to actually do some of those stunts. Some of that stuff is Evil Knievel crazy or worse. I can understand the ones that are calculated risks, like jumping to the helicopter and hanging on for dear life as it flies around. But the ones where he is pretty much guaranteed to get seriously injured, i just don’t get it. I would be very surprised if he does not live with major chronic pain every day of his life as a result of those injuries.

  5. anonymous March 29, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Allen – I too just watched the video. Fricking amazing. The helicopter one scared the heck out of me. He lets go, he dies.

    Amazing body control, m-ups, pull-ups….

    I’ve never seen one of his movies, but I think I need to.

  6. brad gilliatt March 29, 2008 at 5:51 am

    I never leave home without my concept 2 rower.

    Okay, about a month ago, I was absolutely whacked. All day bender. I did handstands, held for over a minute at a bar in Montclair.

    Earned a free round of drinks and $60 from my 3 buddies. Later that nite, I lost the $60 when I couldn’t do 5 pull-ups at a local playground.

    I think those body control, gymnastic moves are super cool. I want to be able to do something I saw Loren do. L-sit to a handstand on the paralettes.

  7. Tamara March 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Since I am master of none I would like to list the great achievements of others :)

    Nabil- Consistent form and integrity in all his workouts, even when tired.

    Daniel- Master of handstand push-ups

    Mike- Muscle-ups, L-pullups, Squat cleans, but your double-unders suck and should not be seen outside of CFO!

    Candace- Master of the “F.U.P.A” bounce pushup. Highly suspect by CFO standards but still difficult to duplicate for extended periods.

    Audge- Best attitude in spite of being repeatedly yelled at and constantly objectified in your LULU’s.

    Patrick- Best nickname “P-Hole”

    Angela……Best Snatch hands down!!!!!!!!!

  8. Tamara March 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    For all those I left out, don’t worry more to come later :)

  9. Mike Minium March 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm


    Best post ever.

  10. wyatt March 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I have mastered the art of the beginner’s upward curve. Barbara was workout #2 at CFO for me, and I knocked 5 minutes off that time on Thursday. I’m still slow, but a little bit less so than before.

  11. Nabil March 29, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Sun Salutations! I do these quite frequently at dinner parties whenever I feel the topic of conversation moving away from anything about me, my uber levels of fitness, or products and techniques I use for shaving my arms and legs. When I perform the Sun Salutations in a petite pair of semi-transparent mesh boy shorts its also a great way to end any typical dinner party topics of discussion that I feel inadequate to contribute to, such as, the similar nuances of a cabernet sauvignon w/ hints of tobacco and a farmyard Pinot Noir with a tinge of violets, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or indie films and music.

    Basically they are a great way to bring the attention back to the most important thing. Me.

  12. Brad Greenlee March 29, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    The CF movement that I display most often in public is putting my hands to my lower back, trying to stand up straight, and groaning.

  13. TomC March 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I think Nabil’s post claims the title of “best pot ever.” The subtleties of his comedic wit are truly outstanding. I am still laughing as I write this.

    I have honed my repetitive posting skills in the comment section to a fine point. Nabil’s posts are much better, but I take the cake for stupidity and redundancy.

  14. brad gilliatt March 29, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Related to yesterday’s post – beginners kit.

    Per Lau and Michael A’s suggestion, I finally went to Longs for the callus remover. First time ever in the “Cosmetics” section. That place is awesome!

    Not only did I buy the callus remover, but I also bought nose-hair tweezers, blackhead remover, cuticle cutter, eyebrow shaper, and concealer.

    Beauty treatment later today!

    Thanks guys!

  15. Jonathan March 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Brad – TMI

    ahh, Nabil’s post is genius. I think I might pay to see someone just start doing sun salutations at a really uptight dinner party. Another good one to just start doing at a party would be tabata squats, but you would have to have a partner yelling at you the whole time to go faster and get one more rep. Then return to conversation like nothing happened.

  16. mojo rising March 30, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Alright, all you comedians…so, I think Tamara’s post is the donkey’s bollocks, and therefore would like to jump on that train.
    First, and foremost…
    Sierra’s pushups – she should challenge any petulant customer to a pushup throwdown (double the tip!)
    Journey’s running skillz – fast as a jacked-up cracker running away from a cop
    Laura B – She’s just cool, ‘nough said.

    As for me, my brute strength is the thing I most proudly display. My mother, when seeing me attempt to move a large television at the protest of my aunt, she said “don’t worry Judy, Mary Jo doesn’t need any help.” Oh the pride….

  17. TomC March 30, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I’ve gotten good at arrving 3 to 5 minutes late to every workout. I’m pretty proud of that. I also have some spectacular wrecks on the rings while trying to get muscle ups.

    Riding my bike home after fight gone bad felt really good. I mean really good. I wasn’t convinced that I was gonna die, or anything. I was so full of energy that I barely knew what to do with myself.

  18. LB March 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    MJ–You are very strong–but that is in no way your best party skill! In fact, we need to go out again soon! You know how to have fun anywhere!!

  19. angela March 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm


    Thanks for the props on my snatch. I thought that JP and LB were the only ones into my snatch.

    I am ceding my position as biggest Jerk to you! Good job!


  20. Maximus @ CF East Bay March 31, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Well, of course the muscle-up is cool if there happens to be something to do it on.

    I have recently mastered the behind-the-back clapping push-up. Might not be the best drunken party trick.