Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Purple Cobras

     Hey there everyone! Wonderful for you all to stop by the B-log (I realize I didn't shorten that word at all). I promise that this ramble will be much more worthy than yesterday's. I may have been late on a few, but I have yet to miss another blog... only missed 2 so far, and I'm shooting to only have it at that. So let's get to it!

     People, I just want to bring up a few things today. Mainly our view of fitness, and how we differ and are the same as the general public. You may have heard me and others refer to gyms other than CrossFit as Globo Gyms. This comes from the movie Dodgeball, where a giant corporation is trying to take over a small community gym (Average Joe's Gym). I'm not about to give you the synopsis, review, or most importantly ruin the movie for those who haven't seen it... I'm just telling you where the reference comes from.

     So first, let me just show you a difference... check these out:

Inside Gold's Gym
class at a CrossFit box
      So... do you see a difference? Up top I see a vast ocean of "strength" equipment, designed to isolate the muscle group. Down below I see a class working on perfecting their Overhead Squat for, most likely pre-WOD warm-up.

     Now ask yourself, where do you want to be? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you would chose the later. Fairly obvious, seeing as how you read this blog. I think in CrossFit we're fostering a tight and strong community of athletes. No mater what your level of skill and strength... all of you are athletes. What are you at a "Globo Gym"? ... income. Many commercial gym are banking on the fact that you will buy a membership and barely use it. When you stop coming to CrossFit it will be noticed, missed, and probably asked if you are still ok.

     Now, I'm not saying that working out at a conventional gym is a bad thing. People can still get their CrossFit on there. And far be it from me that I criticize anyone for going to a gym and trying to workout... at least they're off the couch.

     So, do you guys have any good stories from you Globo Gym days? Maybe trying to squat standing on a bosu ball (fail) or maybe doing bicep burls in the squat rack (you should be fined for that). I know there are some rants out there from someone beside me... I hope to hear them. So stay close, drive forward... and do burpees.

CrossFit Charlotte: Sam's Story from Boomer Alred on Vimeo.

3,2,1 GO!

Yesterday's Skills/Strength

Just was playing around with some moderately heavy lifts. Since I'm getting back into it after "the sickness" I just wanted to be conservative. Went up to 365 lbs. Could have pulled some more, but class was about to start.

Handstand Holds
I was working on doing a handstand hold on paralettes. It's a great feeling when you can actually stick that.

1 comment:

  1. So I have been a "globo gym" attendee for about two years now. I used to be one of those strength meat heads in there until the light of corssfit was dawned upon me. So now I am the one guy in there doing crossfit movements getting weird stares from all the other juice heads. Some say they stare in disgust, but I say they stare in pure jealousy for two reasons. 1, all my crossfit workouts are intense and are obviously great for the body and mind. And 2, all the pretty gym ladies come and talk to me about my crossfit workouts and not the meat heads who curl all day. In simple terms crossfit>strength machines.