Go Check Out FOOD, INC!

Jun 22nd, 2009

Go Check Out FOOD, INC!


I’m happy to announce that Food, INC is now playing at theaters in the Bay Area. Although I haven’t seen it, it’s gotten great reviews from foodies and athletes alike. The movie takes a closer look at where our food comes from, along with the role the government plays in protecting huge food conglomerates. I don’t think it will stay in the theaters long, so be sure to check it out soon. Below is a synopsis of the movie from the website.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

Check out the official website. Movie times in Oakland.

Tomorrow’s Workout:

From CrossFit.com

For time:
50 Wall-ball shots (20#/14#)
50 Pull-ups
35 Wall-ball shots
35 Pull-ups
20 Wall-ball shots
20 Pull-ups

Since we have yet to mark the official 10ft. target in the new space, please use your best judgment. No monkey business.

Anyone interested in watching the film? Perhaps we could make it a CFO field trip. Post to comments.

DISCUSSION 40 Comments

  1. Jonathan Heuer June 22, 2009 at 3:43 am

    hello all. hope everyone’s doing well up in Oaktown. I have a question for any of you who are or have avoided gluten. I’ve been battling with chronic tendinitis for the past year or so. Some of you (Nicole, Lau, Connie…) mentioned that gluten may have something to do with it. So I cut out gluten from my diet. It’s been almost a month now and I feel no difference at all. Should I try it longer? Also, if I accidentally screw up and take in some gluten now and then, does that negate all the other days I’ve been gluten free? Thanks.

  2. SteveD June 22, 2009 at 4:14 am

    As long as we aren’t following the main site WOD, any chance of getting the full 3-day cycle set of workouts in advance?

    A few days ago there was a similar request to facilitate doing the CFO WODs while doing additional strength training. People who are working on weaknesses would probably want to avoid doing so in a finisher if the next day’s WOD included that exercise.

    Or take the case of today where Davey concocted a finisher that involved multiple sets of pull-ups to failure and recruited four of us to partake. So tomorrow’s workout will be problematic or require subititution. Had we known tomorrow’s workout we would have done a different finisher.

  3. Michael B. Johnson June 22, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I also humbly beg that if we’re not going to do the main site WODs that they (a) at least line up with them (we’re one day off) and (b) have them get posted earlier (3 day chunks would be awesome).

    see ya at 6AM.

  4. Lau June 22, 2009 at 4:54 am

    SteveD this video is for you

    This is SteveD, he wants to know what the wods are in advance…


  5. Tamara June 22, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Good luck with that “estimated” 10ft target.

  6. TomC June 22, 2009 at 5:15 am

    I am going to break up my postings to avoid the spam filter.

    Jonathan, you are missed up here in Oakland, my friend. I may be making a trip to Southern California in the coming months. If I do, I will stop by and visit you to check on your metallic and athletic accomplishments.

    > So I cut out gluten from my diet. It’s been almost
    > a month now and I feel no difference at all.

    I think you’ve answered your own question, bro. Diet’s effect on the body varies tremendously between individuals. Chronic tendonitis/tendonosis is not inflammatory in the same way acute tendonitis is. Some people make the argument that tendonosis is not inflammatory at all, hence its persistence. No inflammation = no inflammatory response and concomitant healing. If gluten’s potential inflammatory effects are the reason for avoiding it, then perhaps therein lies the rub. However, my advice is free and worth every penny.

  7. MattC June 22, 2009 at 5:20 am


    That video was…spot on.

  8. TomC June 22, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Here are my thoughts about the workouts and how they are conveyed:

    Firstly, I really like Mike’s programming. He has shown himself to be an artful sadist. Secondly. whether we are synchronized with the main site or not is something of an irrelevancy. Their schedule is arbtrary, as is ours. Matching their schedule will make not a bit of difference at all in anyone’s fitness.

    Finishers, if they are done, should not be workouts in and of themselves. Wasn’t there a link to a post on SFCF yesterday about that? Davey’s finisher was not prescribed by Mike or any of the other coaches, nor was it advocated by them. Therefore, it should not have to be considered in Mike’s programming decisions. Would having three days worth of workouts in advance have made things better? Perhaps. However, voluntarily participating in a finisher, or two or three workouts a day is something for the individual athlete to decide. Sometimes, we make the wrong decisions.

  9. Mike Minium June 22, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Here are the results of the Nasty Nine:

    Men’s Results

    Women’s Results

    Disclaimer: These results are unofficial. I’m missing workout data for a few of you for workouts here and there, so please let me know if I either missed you or got a workout score wrong.

  10. Papa Brad June 22, 2009 at 5:37 am

    How hard is it to draw/tape a freaking X on the wall? Oh, wait, the job was probably given to Mini, and it’s on his list right after publishing the Nasty Nine results.

    Great video, Lau. I’m going to start using that.

  11. Papa Brad June 22, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Oh, man, what timing.

  12. TomC June 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Part 3 of 3:

    The main site does not tell you what the plan is days in advance. This is no different. Que es el problema? Things have always been set up this way and it was not a problem up until now. Honestly, I don’t have a dog in this fight. Whether or not the workouts are announced in advance is not very important to me. I kinda like getting a surprise every day, so I would say I prefer the one-a-day plan.

    In closing, I think a group sharing session where we can discuss how the workouts make us feel as human beings and as entities connected to the greater cosmos may be in order. I volunteer to lead these sessions before every workout. Every sharing session will begin with a viewing of Lau’s video followed by Nabil’s Killin Montage.

  13. Papa Brad June 22, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Mike: Just looking at the results of the first WOD, the numbers make no sense. Daniel, Lance, and I all had 24, yet our scores are 155, 104, and 140 respectively. Or Jacques and Manwell who had 25 and have 86 and 110 for scores. Am I missing something?

    Either way, it’s looking like I owe you a chicken sandwich, Lance.

  14. Lara & Michael June 22, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Another interesting one is The Future of Food (it has been out for a little bit now), but quite good and very scary as it were. We just watched King Corn and it too was interesting whether you care about corn products or not. CFO’s will love the lady from the Corn Refiners Association.

  15. megan June 22, 2009 at 5:52 am

    The movie sounds very interesting, as long as there are no Faces of Death scenes of animal torture. I can’t handle that stuff.

  16. lance June 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Papa Brad, please don’t forget the strawberry short cake.

  17. Joe P June 22, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I’m in for the movie.

    I don’t want to know 3 WODs at a time.

    I don’t believe in paragraphs.

  18. Leigh June 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm


    Thanks for the throwdown results.


    Can’t we go see Hangover instead?

  19. Leigh June 22, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Also, knowing 3 workouts ahead of time does not seem in keeping with the spirit of Crossfit.

  20. SteveD June 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    In general: I feel the CFO love; specifically Lau: great video but I guess I didn’t watch it long enough to see what tomorrow’s workout is.

    Let me try again: if a) doing the same or very similar exercise two days in a row is generally a bad idea, b) working on a weakness as a finisher is a good idea, c) one wants to participate in the WODS RX what is one to do? Maybe a special CFO-p**** mailing list telling us the workouts in advance until we toughen-the-f*** up?

  21. TomC June 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I see Steve’s point and I want to apologize if my comments were out of line. I don’t know that I agree that doing a finisher to work on weaknesses is always a good idea, especially after a hard workout. Doing workouts as prescribed is the main goal, but some skills or movements require more time. Trying to get better at everything at once is a prescription for injury. I still can’t do muscleups or more than one or two hand stand pushups despite being 2 years into my CrossFit training. I work on them, but I have to be careful about it. Lots of muscleup practice is hard on my elbows and shoulders. After most WODs, I don’t have much left to devote to any more exercise.

  22. bad brad June 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Lau – you funny.

    Thing about CFO that I think people forget is that Mike and Nicole are running a business. Part of running the business, providing the service, is working with clients on their specific needs. While WOD in advance doesn’t mean much to me, it obviously does to SteveD and MJJ. It’s a pretty fair request.

  23. Mike Minium June 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    As Brad pointed out, I made a major copy, paste, and sort error for WOD 1. I’m gonna re-post results later today or tonight.

  24. Nabil June 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    For the record, the tone of this comment is meant to be happy, jovial, informative, but obviously opinionated. Not trying to attack anyone, just throwing in my 2 cents… I just feel like I should put out this disclaimer b/c tone is sometimes misunderstood when a message is read, instead of a face to face conversation.

    You aren’t going to know 3 days, 3 hours, or even 3 minutes in advance if a lion is about to chase you, nor will you know in advance if you are about to be put in a gang assualt type situation. I firmly believe Mike should move in the other direction, and NOT post the workouts the night before. I came to the 4pm class on Saturday and saw very few names on the board when the workout was Overhead Squats. Compared to days like Cindy when the board is loaded with names. Fact is most people suck, real bad, at overhead squats and if they have a choice, choose not to do them… thus increasing their level of suckiness (i’ll leave the highly intellectual verbage to TomC and Brandon) Honestly, I think Mike should throw in the occasional “Who’s Your Daddy” workout format, or something similar that can be administerd to a group. Trust me people, your fitness will thank you.

  25. leigh June 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I couldn’t agree with Nabil more. It’s axiomatic in Crossfit that we are required to do things under less than ideal conditions because that’s how life is.

    In fact, I’m not even going to warm up anymore because, in the inimitable words of my hero, Jack LaLanne:

    “Warming up is the biggest bunch of horse%@$# I’ve ever heard in my life. Fifteen minutes to warm up! Does a lion warm up when he’s hungry? ‘Uh-oh, here comes an antelope. Better warm up.’ No! He just goes out and eats the sucker. You gotta get the blood circulating, but does the lion cool down? No, he eats the sucker and goes to sleep. And that is the truth.”

  26. Brandon B. June 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Anybody want to do yesterday’s wod with me at 4:30ish? It should only take about twelve minutes.

    MJJ, you’re more than welcome to come and spectate.

  27. Papa Brad June 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I agree with Nabil, too…but Leigh (and I know you’re being sarcastic), that lion probably hadn’t been sitting on his ass in front of a computer all day, either. And when he got old enough that jumping up and chasing an antelope gave him back spasms, he probably stopped catching many antelopes and soon died.

  28. leka June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    one of the things i love about crossfit is the continual variation and surprise of the wod. just show up and you are guaranteed to be challenged. now that cfo is not following the main site its even more exciting. enough in life is planned too far ahead!

  29. Robyn June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Steve, I don’t think Mike’s programming has anything to do with how tough we are (or any female body parts), I believe he is trying to make us more fit.

    Crossfit is: Constantly Varied, Functional Movements performed at High Intensity.

    The fact that you did a pull-up finisher the day before a pull-up heavy WOD falls under the umbrella of Constantly Varied. I submit that it will ultimately add to your overall fitness, not detract from it.

    I also completely agree with Nabil’s (why does Nabil always show on the one day I don’t come in…?) and Leigh’s posts. It might make it “easier” to know what the WOD is going to be in advance, but it does not make us more fit or better at life. It would also be “easier” to go back to the days when my WOD was sitting on an exercise bike reading magazines and watching CNN, but I now know where that road leads and I never want to go back to the “easy” way.

    Btw, Mike, I vow to never again try to weasel the WOD from you in advance just so I can plan what to wear 😉

  30. Leigh June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm


    “Back spasms”? Next you’ll be using words like “spry” and “bifocal.”

    But that’s exactly the point: Going after antelopes on the fly keeps you young. As does pushing yourself as hard as you can in every workout, which I don’t think you do if you are thinking “uh-oh, deadlifts tomorrow, better hold some back.”

    Also, I do sit in front of a computer most of the day but I regularly prowl the halls growling at co-workers. Which really helps. I recommend it.

  31. jp June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    You also never know when you’re going to have to play 14hrs of Little Big Planet on PS3.

    Perhaps the CFO Lion shirt idea needs to be resurrected…?

  32. steven June 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Jack endorses his grand nephew… and I am sure he advocates a warm up before all of his classes.

    good thing we weren’t born lions

  33. Lydia June 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    On a completely unrelated note, I found a fat picture of myself and I would love to share it with all of you because I think it’s hilarious and also it’s a good testament to how eating “bags of cookies” can make you fat but then doing Crossfit can get you fit 😉

    Do I need to save them somewhere online and copy the link or can I just drop the attachment into the comment box?

  34. Joe P June 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    i had antelope for lunch, then took a nap.

  35. TomC June 23, 2009 at 12:15 am

    > Perhaps the CFO Lion shirt idea needs to be resurrected…?

    I agree.

  36. Nicole Okumu June 23, 2009 at 12:25 am


    Send me the photo and we’ll do a “before and after” post….

  37. lance June 23, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Lydia, for bennie’s sake, will you include in your before and after spread the dance you do on youtube. Everyone should see it.

  38. Allen June 23, 2009 at 1:44 am

    The proverbial Lion has returned! awesome.

    Every time I’ve seen a lion kill an antelope, there was a period of walking around, looking for antelope, then a period of stalking the antelope that immediately preceded the sprint/takedown/kill. I guess that’s enough of a warm-up if you’re a lion, and I’d imagine it’s often a lot more than 15 minutes long. Oh, and they seem to lay in the sun a lot too, I’m sure that doesn’t hurt.

  39. Papa Brad June 23, 2009 at 2:55 am

    So, did Brandon manage to beat MJJ’s time? Inquiring minds want to know.

  40. Nabil June 23, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I agree, bring back the lion. TomC is seriously a man with many talents. One of them happens to be drawing a lion that looks somewhere between mildly aggressive, to down right timid.

    Rise from your grave oh fierce lion. For the Yellow Brick Road misses you.