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Sep 10th, 2012

Calling All Cooks!


Just a few members of the knee-high club of CFO

Just a friendly reminder to submit your recipes for the CFO Cookbook, which I first wrote about a few weeks ago. So far I’ve received a lot of excitement about the project but very few actual recipes. Tonight I’m posting a recipe for chocolate chia seed pudding to get the ball rolling and to inspire some of you to send me your kitchen creations! Remember, this doesn’t have to be your own recipe. I collected this one at the grand opening of a culinary/nutrition school in Berkeley.  

Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding
source: Kasey Caletti, Bauman College Natural Chef 

2 Tbs Chia Seeds
1 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
4 Dates
3 Tbs Raw Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt

1. Blend coconut milk, dates, and chia seeds in a blender until smooth.
2. Add cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to the blender and blend until smooth. 
3. Pour ingredients into glass bowl and garnish with fresh berries. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

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Sep 9th, 2012

80s Party Next Saturday Sep 15th!

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A lot of the time on this blog, we’re writing about things happening at CFO.  Tonight I thought I’d change it up and promote an event being put on by a fellow CFOer, Melissa Agocs, who many of the old-time CFOers know well.

Melissa recently embarked on a new career, and has started up a new business that incorporates many of her passions (dance events, photography, and nutrition, primarily).  To that end, she’s throwing an ’80s party next Saturday, September 15th, from 9:30pm to 1:30am.

I’ve heard some of the things that are being planned in regards to the ’80s theme and can’t wait to see it all go down there, especially since I grew up primarily in the ’80s (yes, I’m old).  Let’s support Melissa and have a blast at the same time.

Here are the details:

Day, Date, and Time:  Sat, Sept 15th, 9:30pm-1:30am
Where:  1924 Franklin St, 3rd floor, Oakland
Cover:  $12 in advance, $15 at door, to pre-pay, send $12 via PayPal to info@studio1924.com
FB invitation:  www.facebook.com/events/349379875146336/

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Sep 8th, 2012

Tracy Zimmer’s Incredible Squats

I felt pretty good about my squats this evening until I watched this.

Regular readers of this blog will recognize Ms. Tracy Zimmer from an article I posted about 10 months ago. In case you were wondering if she is still really damn strong, she is. Zimmer works with James Steel and is one of the Assistant Trainers at the University of Pennsylvania. Tipping the scales at just 152 pounds, Tracy squats 325 pounds for an easy set of 15. Yep. 325×15.

I would like to call the reader’s attention to a few things in the video. The first is the speed of the bar throughout the set. She is moving that heavy weight very quickly on almost every rep. Zimmer is doing a high bar squat which calls for an upright back angle. She maintains that back angle very well, even as she fatigues. Further, she buries each repetition. Every one of those squats is below parallel. Lastly, it is 325 pounds for 15 reps – well over twice Tracy’s bodyweight. That’s really impressive.

Apparently, Zimmer occasionally listens to Slayer while squatting. Not only is she frighteningly strong, she has excellent taste in music. If she likes dinosaurs, too, then I think I might need to move back to Pennsylvania. All kidding aside, enjoy the video. It’s okay if you cry a little. I did.

Good Luck to Our Competitors

Greg, Mune, and Lydia are all competing this weekend. Mune and Lydia are competing in a triathalon, which I believe is the Pacific Grove Triathlon down in Monterrey. If not, someone will correct me. Greg will be traveling to Grass Valley in the hopes of setting some more California State Records for the US Powerlifting Association. Stay tight, Harper. Good luck to all of you.

Strength Saturday

I have three openings for the Saturday lifting class this weekend (September 8). The time is from 4:00 until 6:30, or so. We sometimes go  a little longer. The cost is $25. Squats, presses, and deadlifts are on the menu. If you would like to attend, please send me an email at cfo.saturday@gmail.com. There will be no class next weekend, September 15.

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Sep 7th, 2012

Another Shoulder Mobility Exercise


If any of you have tried the banded bully mobility exercise (from the Mobility WOD poster series that we have hanging up in the gym) and have found it useful, give this one a try.  It’s like a double banded bully.

The easy way to set this up would be to set up an empty bar in one of the squat racks in then work through the range of motion under band tension, as Kelly demonstrates in the video.

Give it a try and incorporate it into your mobility routine.  It could be just one of several variations that you rotate through on a weekly basis.

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Sep 6th, 2012

Eat Clean/Train Dirty Challenge – Week 2

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Sweet Potato & Sausage Hash, the perfect post-WOD meal

From what I am hearing, most of you participants are doing fabulously well so far with this challenge, even with the holiday weekend.  If you have not sent in your before photos or paid your $$, it really is time.

Over the last two weeks, you might have had to explain your change in diet to your friends, family, co-workers, local grocery store clerk.  That can sometimes be challenging.  Check out this article that I shamelessly stole off Lau’s Facebook page.  It is actually the transcript of a podcast which you can download.  Here is an outline of what is covered by Mat LaLonde Ph.D in the discussion:

7:10 Invalid Inference 1: Our Paleolithic ancestors ate this way and they were free of disease
9:45 Invalid Inference 2: We haven’t evolved enough to thrive on modern agriculture
12:12 Invalid Inference 3: We should live like our ancestors because we’re still genetically the same
18:12 What is the best scientifically backed argument for Paleo?
22:21 Why typical claims about antinutrients are wrong
26:28 The misconceptions about phytic acid
35:46 What can molecules tell us about white potatoes
39:57 Are lectins really problematic?
44:30 The least problematic macronutrient in dairy
50:38 Is slow, low cooking the ultimate way to cook?
55:35 Gluten sensitivity and coffee cross-reactivity
59:41 The real story behind Pseudo grains like Quinoa

Pretty cool science stuff if you like to geek out and generally helps in combating the haters and mockers out there.

One more month. Keep up the good work!  And remember to share recipes, issues and any other experiences along the way via this blog post or FB.  

The Sweet Potato & Sausage Hash recipe shown above can be found here.  I add more spices like cinnamon and chili powder and skip the green salsa.  

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Sep 5th, 2012

Team CFO Wearing Blue for Crosstown Throwdown


Nate (far left) and Mariko (second from left) wearing the blue CFO t-shirt

As we initially wrote a couple weeks ago, our annual Crosstown Throwdown with CrossFit Sweatshop is coming up on October 6th, which is now just a month away!

We’ll be detailing the workouts again very soon (the first 17 were released already, which you can read about in the initial post above, and the final 10 will be released within the next day or so), but for now, there’s one rule that everyone has to be aware of:

Each gym has to wear a uniform.  For Sweatshop, it’s grey.  For CFO, it’s blue.  Guess that makes them the Confederacy and us the Union.

This means that if you plan on being a part of the competition, you need to represent us by wearing a blue CFO t-shirt or tank top.  If you already have one (like Nate and Mariko above), you’re set.  If you don’t have one, we need to hear from you ASAP.  We’ll be placing an order at the end of the week for any shirts we don’t have in stock already.

If you need to order a shirt, email us with the following information:

Style (either tee or tank)
Size (S, M, L, XL)
Gender (W, M)

If you’re a woman but are wearing a men’s t-shirt, make it clear in your email so that we don’t order you a women’s cut of the shirt.

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Sep 4th, 2012

NorCal Firebreather Competition


CFOers taking their crack at the CrossFit Total last December

In an effort to keep all of you with an interest in competing updated on CF competitions in the area, here’s a quick post on another CrossFit competition that’s coming up at the end of September.

The NorCal Firebreather Regional Open, an individual regional competition that leads to a national final competition, is taking place in Sacramento on September 29th and 30th, with two events each day.  First place winners take home $1000, with second- and third place taking home $400 and $300, respectively.  In addition, the top finishers get to move on to the finals, which take place in Denver, CO in January.

This competition doesn’t allow scaling, so this is more geared toward experienced CF competitors.  The workouts and movement standards will be released on September 16th, and registration closes on September 21st.

For more information, and to register, go to the NorCal page.

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Sep 1st, 2012

To Ice or Not to Ice

Handstand Walk

This picture has nothing to do with anything that follows.

Earlier this month, Kelly Starrett posted a blog entry and accompanying video entitled People, We’ve Got to Stop Icing. We Were Wrong, Sooo Wrong. suggesting that the use of ice to combat pain and inflammation after an injury would best be avoided. A brief sentence in the same entry suggested that the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is contraindicated in many circumstances as well.

Jonathan Sullivan, MD, an emergency room physician who also wrote Barbell Training is Big Medicine took issue with Starrett’s entry and penned a rather extensive rebuttal that is chock full of references. It is an engaging and lengthy read that looks at the mechanisms behind injury and inflammation and the state of the literature regarding icing and NSAIDs. Here’s a little sample:

Inflammation is the body’s natural-and therefore correct-response to injury. Your body knows what it’s doing, and interfering with the inflammatory response is therefore ill-considered.

This is the easiest argument to dispense with, because it’s just silly-not to mention selectively applied. For example, in the video it is made clear that ice and NSAIDs are bad because they interfere with inflammation, but compression, which suppresses post-inflammatory edema, is not. In any event, this argument proceeds from the assumption that pristine natural processes are always optimal to the realization of human ends, which is clearly not the case; and that the human body is a "perfect machine," which is just so much bullshit.

Here’s a reality check: Mother Nature doesn’t give a rat’s ass about your program, your WOD time, your 1RM bench press, or even your survival as an individual. She designed you to make new primate gene replicators, and then croak. Let’s not even talk about the design of the low back, the exquisite suicidal sensitivity of neural and cardiac tissue to brief ischemia, or the deplorable shortcomings of cartilage. Inflammation is not an ideal adaptation just because it’s the "natural" response to insult. Pain, scarring, functional impairment, tissue loss and cancer are also natural responses to insult-and all can result from inflammation. On the logic of the AAI (Anti-anti-inflamation) crowd, analgesia, wound repair by primary intention, tissue debridement, abscess drainage and tissue salvage are also bad ideas. If that’s what you really think, it’s unlikely we’re going to have a meeting of the minds. God help you if you ever get anaphylaxis or appendicitis.

I love well-placed profanity sprinkled amidst good scientific writing. Add in suggestions for the real purpose of reproduction a la Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene and my smile grows wider, indeed. Sullivan’s article is entitled Stopping the Spread of Misinflammation and it is well worth the time you would spend reading it. Few things are ever as straightforward as they may seem and this article is an excellent reminder of that. Enjoy.

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Aug 31st, 2012

Labor Day Schedule


Julian at a rock-solid bottom position in the squat (photo courtesy of TomC)

Just a quick heads-up on our Labor Day Monday schedule:  We’ll be running a weekend schedule on Monday, September 3, which means we’ll have classes at the following times:


We have a girl workout planned, and the top scores will go on our leaderboard, so bring your A game on Monday!

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