Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ramble Series: Part 1

     Great day people. It is a great day, because its raining... and that's nothing something I've seen much of this year. Today is part one of a three part series, I hope to get these in a row (kinda a 3 on 1 off type of deal)... but if it happens, it happens. Caution aside, let's get to the ramble!

     So, we all do or have heard of the CrossFit (esle you wouldn't read these). Why do we do it? What makes us come back to a program that makes our hands look like hamburger, gasp for air like we're paying for each breath and understand what pood means? Well, simple... it's effective.

      Today I just want to speak about conditioning, specifically physical conditioning (more on the others later). We know that CrossFit combines disciplines of different sports and training ideas. Olympic Weightlifitng, Powerlifting, Kettlebells, Gymnastics, Parkour, etc, etc. With proper training (listen to your coach) CF is an efective tool for creating fitter human beings. Look at other sports. Many MMA fighters swear by CF (or CrossPit), entire professional baseball teams use it, as well as college campus' around the globe.

      Why?! How did this grass-roots "functional movement" become the catalyst for change in the fitness industry? Once again, effective!!! "Bicep Days" are a thing of the past. Now, we think about different systems we train, our one-rep maxes, proper form on movement (MWOD anyone?). We run faster, lift heavier, and look like Marky Mark in the mirror (well, maybe not me).

     Our physical conditioning from CF is a big keeper. People we know ask us what we do, and tell us how much we've changed. But, it seems once we've really drank the koolaid looking good naked is an ancillary goal... it's all about performance now.

      Lastly, what I believe sets CF apart from the rest is what is required of us directly links with everyday life. A cop doesn't chase down a perp, catch is his breath and then take him down. No, he/she chases that punk down and takes him to the thunderdome. Isn't that a lot like CrossFit? Have you ever got off a rower and then have to lift something above or near someone's bodyweight? My guess is yes. CrossFit trains us for the real world, making us prepared whatever comes our way.

      So, what do you think about all of this? Is anything making sense, or am I just making noise? Finally, what do you think? What about CrossFit's physical conditioning is different than anything else? Post thoughts, comments and questions below, and stay tuned for tomorrow. Train hard, train smart... and do burpees!

THE SETUP from Pao Sanchez on Vimeo.

3,2,1 GO!

Yesterday's Training:

Rest Day

I must note that I got my behind kicked by my wife the other day... I think the koolaid is starting to tasee better


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