Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wednesday's WOD

For time:

Run 800
100 burpees
100 tire flips
100 squats
100 double unders
Run 800




















APRIL FOOLS!!

5 Rounds for time of:

Run 400
10 front squats (men: 135# / women: 95#)

Monday's WOD Results

Sorry for the late post. Not being able to post from work sucks!

Name / Weight = Time
Matt / 225 = 20:24
Alicia / 65 = 16:53
Maria / 65 = 18:56
Kenneth / 155 = 16:16
Jennifer / 135 = 16:44
Leslie / 155 = 22:30
William / 95 = 26:32
Julio / 115 = 14:25
Mike / 155 = 13:27
Joe / 145 = 16:19
Reagan / 135 = 18:54
Joel / 225 = 14:49
Don / 225 = 14:18

Have a great workout tomorrow.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Great Job!

Great job everyone! Also, thanks for all the help setting up and tearing down - you guys rock!

Joel has the results and should post them tomorrow; he's flying tonight. Wednesday's WOD will require about the same number of Olympic bars and we'll have some instruction on form prior to the WOD.

Try to join Beyond the White Board - the link is over on the right hand side of the page. You can enter your WOD data there and it graphs everything for you. You can also enter your weight and BF composition, if so inclined. Just request to join Centurion CrossFit and I'll click your approval.

Also, you should be maintaining your own log. That way you can track your WODs and know what your previous weight was and whether to go up next time or not. I checked into getting some logs printed for us but they would not do less than 50 and at $10 a pop, that was a little cost prohibitive for me. If you are interested in a log, let me know. They would only be $10 as we would sell them for cost and if there is enough interest, I might be able to cover the remainder of the required 50 logs or maybe I could convince them to do a run of less than 50.

Big props to Leslie and Matt for doing the WOD as rx'd!! I have another killer deadlift WOD up my sleeve but we'll give it a couple of weeks. I promise you will enjoy Wednesday's WOD just as much as today's!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


I am sure you all have heard the recent coverage of the study saying red meat reduced your lifespan. Here is an excellent post by Dr. Eades regarding the study http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/fast-food/meat-and-mortality/#more-2770 - bottom line: keep eating your red meat!


*******Look below this post for Monday's WOD*******

The news is abuzz with reports of the latest study to come out showing that eating meat, especially red meat, kills us off before our time. (You can read some of the reporting here, here, here and here.) Google shows 547 new articles about this study.


Although this study is totally worthless from a causality perspective because it is an observational study, it does serve to confirm the biases of those non-critical thinkers who have already bought into the idea that meat is bad. To give you an example of such a soft thinker, here is the second comment on the blog post about this study in the New York Times.


I could have told you that 30 years ago. I been a vegetarian for 47 years and I have never seen vegetarians die from heart disease or cancer. They died from basic infectious diseases and malnutrition. Make no mistake it is harder to be a vegetarian than a carnivour but your body does not expel everying [sic] that is in the meat especially red meat.


Red meat is the major culprin [sic] in colon cancer. I actually know people who have colon cancer gene that only eat a no red meat diet and have no issues with their colon. Of course they also do not smoke or drink too much alcohol.


Red meat lobby is very powerful in America - Let them pay for this!


Ah, yes, an enlightened cogitator indeed.


The study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (free full text here) is a typical epidemiological or observational study. The reports have it tarted up with a lot of fancy clothes, but it is really nothing but an observational study. And, as we’ve gone over ad nauseum in these pages, observational studies can’t be used to prove causation.


Even if they could, this study would be questionable at best because the relative risk (RR) is slightly over 1.0. Because of the nature of the difficulty in doing these kinds of studies with any kind of accuracy it takes a RR of over at least 2.0 to get the serious attention of anyone who doesn’t have a built-in bias.


What I found more interesting than this study (which isn’t interesting or important at all) was the press coverage of it. And I found especially interesting that which the press didn’t report.
Scientific journals have a couple of ways of getting their articles out there ahead of publication, so that the press can do stories on them. If it works out right, the reports all hit the media on the same day that the article itself is published. Doctors who read the journal often find out in their morning newspaper about a new paper before they even get their journal in the mail later that same day. Many of the larger journals, Archives of Internal Medicine, for example, will issue press releases the week before on those papers coming out that the editors feel are important. These press releases go to anyone with press credentials (I even get them), and are embargoed until the date of publication of the journal. Reporters get advanced copies of the papers and get the editor’s (and maybe even the author’s) take on the paper. Journalists can then write their stories to be timed with publication of the paper.


Another way followed by a number of journals is to publish papers online in advance of their actual publication date. Reporters troll these advanced online articles looking for material for stories and often write them up for publication before the paper in question makes it into actual publication in the journal.


At the same time that this paper appeared, showing increased red meat consumption to be tied to a slight increased risk of death (and showing that those subjects eating white meat had less risk), a couple of other papers came out in the online pre-publication section of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), arguably the world’s most prestigious nutritional scientific journal. These two AJCN papers saw the light of day at around the same time as this highly-publicized study on meat and mortality, but demonstrated the opposite results. They got no press coverage whatsoever. Which proves what I’ve been saying all along: the press is biased against meat in general, and especially against red meat. Knowing this, careful readers should take anything negative thing the media reports about red meat with an enormous grain of salt.
Let’s look at the other two studies published in AJCN.


The first is titled Meta-analysis of animal fat or animal protein intake and colorectal cancer. One of the constant themes anti meat people like to hammer out is that meat intake, especially red meat intake, causes colon or colorectal cancer. This is heard so often that most people take it for granted, assuming that there must be a ton of research backing it up. As this paper points out, there isn’t.


The association between total dietary fat, including fat constituents such as saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and cholesterol, and risk of colorectal cancer has been evaluated in numerous epidemiologic [observational] studies. Results from these analytic investigations have generally been mixed. Whereas some studies have reported positive associations, several studies have observed null and inverse associations. In a pooled analysis of data from 13 case-controlled studies, risk of colorectal cancer was found to increase significantly with increasing categories of total daily energy intake. In the same analysis, and after adjustment for total energy intake, the authors observed no evidence of an energy-independent effect of total dietary fat or specific fat components other than cholesterol. In fact, many of the associations among men and women were in the inverse direction [i.e., more animal fat equals greater longevity].


Animal foods and meat products contain both saturated and unsaturated fats; however, similar to analyses of total fat intake, several studies have not observed any consistent epidemiologic evidence of an association between saturated fat or polyunsaturated fat intake and risk of colorectal cancer. Although some studies reported positive associations for consumption of saturated fat, nonsignificant associations at or near the null value [no association] or inverse associations have been observed in numerous cohort studies and case-control studies.
This paper goes on to discuss how the hypothesis that fat and meat intake are a bad thing healthwise got kicked off way back in the 1960s from a presentation at a symposium. In shades of Ancel Keys and his discredited Seven Countries Study, a researcher named Ernst Wynder used the international food and cancer mortality data to demonstrate an increase in colorectal cancer as a correlate of increasing oil and fat consumption. The hypothesis, although never proven, has been with us since. The authors of this paper set out to study it once again.
Here is what they did:


To clarify the potential association between animal fat intake and colorectal cancer, we conducted a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies in which data for animal fat were available. In addition, we identified case-control studies that reported results for animal fat intake and combined data from these studies with the prospective cohort data in separate analyses. Because the primary macronutrients in the consumption of animals include protein and fat, we also conducted a separate meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies in which data categorized as animal protein or meat were available.


After sifting through all this data, what did the authors find? Absolutely nothing. No correlation between meat and/or fat intake and colorectal cancer.


In this meta-analysis, no consistent evidence of a positive association between consumption of animal fat and colorectal cancer was observed. Specifically, we found no association between the highest animal fat intake category and colorectal cancer. Furthermore, none of the subgroup analysis (i.e., sex, anatomic tumor site, and study design) indicated positive patterns of associations.


And their conclusion:


On the basis of the results of this quantitative assessment, the available epidemiologic evidence does not appear to support an independent association between animal fat intake or animal protein intake and colorectal cancer.


Like the study above showing the slight correlation between red meat intake and decreased longevity, this study is an observational study, and, as such, doesn’t demonstrate any kind of definitive proof. But what I find galling is that the meat and mortality study hit all the airwaves and this study - made available to the media at the same time - received zero press.


Yet another study in the advanced online section of AJCN titled Mortality in British vegetarians: results from the European Prospective Investigation in Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Oxford) shows that things ain’t always as they seem. Yet the press refuses to pick up and report this man-bites-dog story.


If you ask the man on the street (who has been fed a load of bunkum over the years by the press) if vegetarians or non-vegetarians are healthier and live longer, you will almost assuredly be told that vegetarians are the healthiest. Most people believe this, but they just don’t want to make the sacrifice to follow the vegetarian lifestyle. They are willing to give up a couple of years of life to not have to live on a steady diet of beans, tofu, vegetables, fruits and dry bread. You would think that if a study came out from a prestigious institution (Oxford) published in a top-line scientific journal showing that vegetarians don’t live any longer than non-vegetarians and actually have a higher incidence of some particularly nasty cancers (but slightly lower rates of death from heart disease) it would be newsworthy. But the press has totally ignored this study just like they did the last one.


This vegetarian study was interesting on a couple of levels. Not only did it not show a difference in longevity between vegetarians and nonvegetarians, it showed major increases in longevity just from being in the study. Not long ago I wrote a post about a statin study in which I discussed the adherer verses the non-adherer effect. A number of studies have shown that subjects who take all their medicines as directed - even the placebos - live longer and/or do better than those who takes their medications irregularly. There is something about people who go the extra mile that makes them live longer than those who don’t.


In this Oxford University vegetarian study, vegetarian subjects were recruited by all sorts of methods. Those in the study cast out their nets for other vegetarians and recruitment was done through all kinds of advertising venues. Those accepted into the study -both vegetarians and non vegetarians - had to jump through a fair number of hoops to get accepted and stay in the study. And to stay in the study for the ten plus years that it went on. After the study period, the numbers of deaths in the two groups was tallied, and it was found that vegetarians didn’t live any longer than non-vegetarians. As a percentage, the number of deaths in each group was the same.


What’s more interesting to me, however, is the difference between the rate of deaths in both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian subjects as compared to their neighbors who weren’t in the study. The researchers calculated the standard mortality ratios (SMRs) for vegetarians and non-vegetarians from deaths before the age of 90 years old as compared to the mortality rate for non-study subjects living in the same area.


The SMR is the ratio of the observed number of deaths to the number of deaths expected from the national rates, standardized for sex and age, and expressed as a percentage.
In other words, if the observed number of deaths in the study group had been three quarters of that expected in a similar population from the area, the SMR would have been 75 percent. And would have been a striking finding to boot. It would have meant that just being in the study reduced one’s risk of death.


When all the data was tallied, the SMR for all causes of death among study subjects was only 52 percent, and was identical in vegetarians and nonvegetarians! It didn’t matter if you were a vegetarian or a nonvegetarian, as long as you were in this study you were about half as likely to die as your neighbor who wasn’t in the study. Now that’s an adherer effect in spades. And I would think pretty newsworthy. But, like the study above on meat and colorectal cancer, it was completely ignored by the press.


The point of this post is that you shouldn’t get wound up about a study that gets reported throughout the media because there are more than likely other studies that are just as well done and just as important showing exactly the opposite findings that the press chooses to ignore. You’re not seeing the science as it is, you’re seeing the science as the press wants you to see it, which, typically, is the way that confirms the bias of members of the press.


As a journalist friend of ours once remarked: what is news? News is whatever the reporter decides it is. In my opinion, they decided wrongly in this case.

Monday's WOD

Here ya go Leslie - this one's for you!

For time:
Deadlift, 21 reps (men 225# / women 155#)
Run 800 meters
Deadlift, 15 reps
Run 800 meters
Deadlift, 9 reps
Run 800 meters

Deadlift demo: http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_DeadliftIntro.wmv

OK, I will be on a tight timeline Monday but Joel should be there too. We will cover some instruction on the deadlift and I will need everyone's assistance in getting set up and tearing down after the WOD.

Have a good weekend and I'll see you Monday!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Courage


A little late due to my traveling but it MUST be mentioned...

Courage Matters
Joseph Kinney | March 25, 2009

Those who have been there never forget. The shadow of death looms large, blanketing friend and foe alike in a nervous panic. Sweat pours down Marine faces, a trickle that becomes a torrent as the hour of attack nears. In death's darkness, senses evolve and truth is reworked as the war's roar ensues. Noise gives its own precious signal as our warriors fight house-to-house or storm a beach against a heavily fortified enemy. Adversaries have promised a killing field of piled American corpses stacked like cordwood for the world to see. Little do these enemies know about the soul of a the American Warrior. As battle nears, they drop a knee and declare allegiance to God and country. As the fight passes, the sounds of war are eternally ingrained, just as it was for their fathers and fathers' fathers in the taking of Iwo Jima and in the storming of Normandy. Combat's hell evokes sensations. Ears hear all. In war's rumble, our eyes betray us, seeing what the mind wants to believe. For a bloodied Marine, knowing and wanting are two different things. Knowing can save your life, wanting can kill you. Ears hear the man next to you falling, bullets whistling past your face, or the cries of someone ten feet away who is about to breathe his last breath.

March 25 has been set aside to celebrate the Medal of Honor. Only two years old, this special day could pass into oblivion unless veterans and citizens undertake the responsibility to ensure that courage matters. We desperately need to find ways to honor those who have demonstrated enormous courage. I invite veterans' organizations to join with me to develop a program in the Sand hills that will educate our citizens, especially school age children who think the only heroes in our lives are action heroes, gang bangers, or drugged-up NFL stars.

As I write these words, I know that there is a grandfather someplace somewhere is this great nation bouncing a baby girl on his knee because of the action that our heroes took one day in total selflessness. It this free spirit why we have a great nation.

Courage is infectious. Truly remarkable courage is remarkably infectious. Winston Churchill said: "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others." It is guts that are the essence of this nation, the building block for remaining virtues. While examples of courage are found everywhere and everyday, a nation's history is defined by courage demonstrated on the battlefield. Reflect on the import of Sergeant York and Audie Murphy. Whose story will parents of young children share to explain to them the American Character when challenged by terrorism and radical fundamentalism?

Since 1863, American servicemen have been rewarded medals for exceptional courage above and beyond the call of duty. That said, no living soldier or Marine has been awarded the Medal of Honor since the days of Vietnam. In fact, only one member of our armed forces, Gordon Ray Roberts, now serving at Walter Read Army Hospital, holds this precious medal today, which he earned 40 years ago in Vietnam. For Vietnam, we awarded 247 Medals of Honor.

The Pentagon is stealing the Medal of Honor from our bold warriors. Dozens of servicemen merit the Medal but have been denied. Rather than honoring the bravest, those involved in the process have invented ways to deprive our warriors who have revealed great fortitude. In one case, a pathologist postulated that a Marine was shot too many times in critical places to do what was claimed (falling on a grenade). The pathologist's "theory" flew into the face of eyewitness testimony who were overruled. Little does this doctor know about our young warriors. Rumors fly that "character" issues hold some back. According to the law, nothing is to be weighed save the valor "above and beyond the call of duty." Paradoxically, the Pentagon has distributed other medals by the truckload disregarding traditional standards.

In the halls of the Pentagon, the grunt has few advocates. That is because most senior officers do not have individual combat awards nor have they cradled a dying warrior taking their last breadth. The acknowledgement of the most daring men and women is losing its urgency. Based purely on statistics, one might surmise that there isn't much of a war going on even though almost 5,000 men and women have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ultimately, the decision to award the Medal of Honor is the President's who, in turn, is dependent upon the Pentagon's advice. Whatever one wants to say about the last President, it is clear that he did very little to change the situation. In one case, alluded to earlier, the White House evidently buried the Secretary of Navy's request for a Medal of Honor for Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta. This man's mother was promised that her son was in line for the Medal before the pathologist intervened to author his assessment.

There is a deeper issue—the matter of fairness in honoring the courageous, making America once again the home of the brave. When you boil all the fat away, this is really a matter of justice in continuing tradition and building upon the legend and folklore that future generations will hold precious. The living MOH winners will tell you that they wear it not only for themselves, but also for their faithful brothers.

The Pentagon shows no awareness of its failure. The top officers believe that nothing is amiss. Not awarding the Medal means that they cannot make a mistake! This has a cost. The Medal's impact permeates our culture, which desperately needs heroes. Military mythology has long been a part of our ethos. We looked to our early military heroes for political leadership. In fact, all but six presidents have served in the military. No one can claim to speak for the brave. While I am no hero, I did spill blood in combat as a Marine rifleman in Vietnam. For two years I volunteered every Saturday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on more than one occasion I went home in tears. For forty years I have often reflected about those who gave it all while asking for nothing in return.

As I enter the autumn of life, I see the legacy of heroes slowly eroding in our lives. The hands at the heart of this process are military hands and it is they who are stealing the acknowledgement that is owed to so many who have deeply honored this country in Afghanistan and Iraq. If the Pentagon is allowed to fail them this nation will be cheated and future history denied. That is precisely why a "Medal of Honor" Day is necessary—to remind the Pentagon of its duty.

The protagonist in warrior folklore is an individual who has marched into the shadow of death not knowing if they would come out on the other side. As we move into the 21st century, the idea of "hero" is rapidly losing its significance, a tragic loss to our history. Our secular culture is repressing all things military as if those who fulfill their duty are less worthy for their service. History is fragile, subject to the whims of the times. Yet, the argument for heroes can be made if only to inspire the ranks that follow that spawn the hero. It is those who carry out inconceivable feats in the face of overwhelming adversity that give our way of life perspective and depth. By their courage, heroes raise standards and deepen our sense of the possible. It takes an uncommon person to take matters into their own hands. We are a nation that is blessed by its heroes. Let us not forget.

Friday's WOD

I don't know if Don or I will be there so here is the workout (you did it recently so compare your times).

4 rounds:
400 meters
50 squats

If you are new with us, scale it to 200 meters and 25 squats or just do two rounds.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The McGovern Report

Great post on Robb Wolf's site - if you are interested in nutrition, I cannot recommend his site enough. The USDA food pyramid is incorrect. If you want wellness and ultimately, fitness, talk to your trainer about how you should be eating!



In the video we see Dr. Robert Olson make a plea for more data before sweeping recommendations are made to the American public and beyond. We also see Sen. George Mcgovern make the point that “…we need to do SOMETHING” about heart disease. We picked the wrong path and billions of dollars and millions of lives have subsequently been squandered.

Fast forward to today, we still have the hand-wringing Malthusiast’s who are convinced we are all on a collision course with disaster unless we bocome low-fat vegetarians and export this lifestyle to everyone else on the planet. Much todo is made that a more meat based diet is unsustainable…but then again, modern farming practices rely on non-renewable fossil fuels, and as such plant based diets are apparently unsustainable also! Somehow the study authors find that a lacto-ovo diet is superior to alternative approaches…I’d like to dig through that study and see what they are using for numbers, but it just does not sit well. Interestingly, no one looks at the picture when we are talking grassfeeding and a more paleo type diet.

Perhpas counter intuitively, a meat, fruit and vegetables diet appears to kill FEWER animals than a vegetarian, grain based diet…this throwing the least harm notion on it’s head. Also, small scale grassfed meat production appears to not only be sustainable, but also highly profitable. Most of the energy production of meat is tied up in grain production. Shift to grassfed meat and you remove this expensive and dirty process from the equation while also increasing the health of meat consumers.

Can we feed everyone like this? Will global warming kill us all? The best way to control ALL these problems is some kind of population control and ironically, the best population control is prosperity. Rich nations have fewer children. The counter salvo from the Malthusiasts is that rich nations require a lot of energy…true, but we are only seeing the beginning of green, sustainable energy, and the main driving force here is an open market. India and China are bypassing decades of development the US went through and are comparitively much cleaner than we were. Speaking of sustainability…the US is headed for a serious problem with health/healthcare and the answer being bantied about is state funded healthcare…whcih has been a stunning failure everywhere else it’s been instituted, but we seem bent on this path…because in the words of Sen. Mcgovern “We must do something”.

My main point here is that we need to tackle these issues ONE AT A TIME. When the vegetarians start shifting arguments mid-stream this is BS and it obscures the topic at hand. This is also the classic ploy of someone who is loosing an argument. My secondary point is that the “sustainability” issue is anything but clear and history has shown that markets and innovation trump doomsayers…no matter how badly they want the end-days to be at hand.

"100 Burpees" Results

Jennifer - 11:21
Reagan - 8:31
Leslie - 9:58
Maria - 13:40
Matt - 7:52
Joel - 9:54
Earnest - 9:52
Andy - 14:07
Wayne - 7:50
William - 19:18

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

100 Burpees

Your legs should be nice and sore but your chest should feel good -- therefore, you can "loosen" your legs and work out your chest by doing another benchmark WOD:

100 Burpees, for time.

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Karen" results

Great job everyone -- you should be sore today and especially tomorrow!

Name/Time/Weight (DB - Dumbells; WB - Wallball)
Jennifer/ 8:07 / WB - 16
Matt / 14:01 / WB - 20
Andy / 15:04 / WB - 20
Maria / 10:51 / DB - 10
Leslie / 11:24 / DB - 20
Reagan / 11:45 / DB - 20
Joel / 8:07 / WB - 10
Megan / 7:50 / DB - 5
Josh / 9:03 / DB - 15, then 5
William / 11:23 / DB - 5

Great work. Eat right, hydrate, and rest!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

"Karen"

We will do the same WOD as on http://www.crossfit.com/:

"Karen"
For time: 150 Wallball shots, 20 pound ball

Fort Benning

Hey guys hope things are going well. I have made it through my first week in Airborne school and im still alive. My Stick has gone from 30 some people the 1st day to 22 now. Some people cant keep up. I never run other than Crossfit's short runs and i can make these runs with out even breathing hard. As for WODs of my own i have only done some this past weekend. But i have to say the new gym here is nice. The have a GHD, 3 Rowers and KB from 5 lbs to 55 lbs. Today a did a rower and KB swing WOD. It was awsome. Well see you guys in april
Dave

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday's WOD results

What beautiful weather to do a smoker! Thanks Valerie for watching all the kids.

I'm not posting weights because I didn't track what you were doing for KB swings and Wall Balls. However, you know what you did so keep track for the next time.

Tina - 23:01
Charlene - 18:58
Leslie - 19:11
Alicia - 20:11
Maria - 23:24
Megan -1 round, great job!
Jennifer - 20:28
Reagan - 19:31
Joel - 19:24 (because of my shoulder, I only did 10# WBs and 35# KB swings, which is why my time was even that fast [but not as fast as some of you "studdetts"]).

A big congratulations to Reagan for doing her first kipping pull-ups today!

Make sure you read the Rhabdo articles! Have a good weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Working on our tan/beach bodies, part II

Since it is supposed to be in the mid-70's, let's stay outdoors for the warm-up and work-out. We'll meet near the pull-up bars next to the gym on the corner of Battalion Avenue and 74th Street. Stand at the back steps (leading into the gym) facing the parking lot and look to your right front (1 o'clock position). If you don't know where it is, we'll have someone there directing you over.
This is going to be a little longer, but a beauty.

200 meters, 5 Pull-ups
100 meters, 10 Burpees
100 meters, 15 KB swings
100 meters, 20 Squats
100 meters, 25 Wall Balls
100 meters, 30 Sit-ups
200 meters, 30 Sit-ups
100 meters, 25 Wall balls
100 meters, 20 Squats
100 meters, 15 KB swings
100 meters, 10 Burpees
100 meters, 5 Pull-ups
200 meters

Total running distance: 1 mile
Body parts worked: All

On a serious note, I need all of you to read these CrossFit Journal articles (we have had one of them posted all along on the right by the picture of "Pukie"). Here are the links:

http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/33_05_killer_workouts.pdf
http://www.crossfit.com/journal/library/38_05_cf_rhabdo.pdf

Rhabdomyolysis (mostly known as Rhabdo) is a dead serious subject and we'll talk about it before the workout because it hit close to home. I know we try to push each other to our limits to improve, but we must remain vigilant and aware of not only our bodies, but each other so none of us overdue it -- don't fall into the trap thinking that it can't happen to you. More to follow.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Jack Bauer Results

Great job today. You guys pushed hard to beat your old times and weights -- most of you crushed your old time, went up in weight, or did both! You should feel proud of how far you've improved in just a couple months!

Name / Weight / Time
Matt / 52 / 11:35
Earnest / 50 / 10:59
Reagan / 44 / 11:15
Leslie / 35 / 9:37
Alicia / 35 / 12:34
Trevor / 30 / 13:27
Maria / 26 / 8:16
Megan / 15 / 9:52

I'll post a WOD tomorrow for Friday. Reagan and I will most likely be here and leave after the workout on our mini-vacation (priorities!).

WED's WOD - Jack Bauer

Sorry this is such a late post, but I flew back in town late last night.
We did this workout (brought to you by Don from CrossFit BWI) on 11 FEB.

Beat your time or weight from the last iteration.

RX'd: Men - 1.5 pood (54 pounds); Women - 1 pood (36 pounds)

24
21 Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) +
3 Kettlebell Swings (KB)
18 SDHP + 6 KB
15 SDHP + 9 KB
12 SDHP + 12 KB
9 SDHP + 15 KB
6 SDHP + 18 KB
3 SDHP + 21 KB

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Monday's WOD

As you know, Don returns from Korea on 27 March and then begins another 12-hour/day exercise on the 28th. Dave won't be back for three weeks and I'm out of town at least thru Tuesday night, so be patient as you will do more WODs without us.

Lately we're doing some of the same WODs so you can see how you are improving and be encouraged for your hard work.

Monday is supposed to be 79 degrees, so you'll be able to enjoy the weather with one that Don made us do on 9 January:

For time, 400-meters of lunges

Crush your old time!

For the newbies, this doesn't sound like a lot, but stay focused on good form: back knee "kisses" the ground each time; lumbar curve/back straight; don't use your hands to push off your leg; front leg should do most of work; extend out as far as you can; and, push through the pain!

Either someone can jot down everyone's times and post them in the comments or you can each post your times in the comments. I'll try to see if I can find a track in Arizona to do this with you.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday's Results

Great job to everyone on Friday -- you should be sore all over this weekend!

Here are the results:

Name Time @
Lunge weight/DB swing weight

Pule - 13:10 @ 30/45
Leslie - 12:38 @ 35/35
Valerie - 12:47 @ 25/25
Ken - 13:29 @ 30/30
Maria - 12:29 @ 15/25
Reagan - 12:39 @ 35/35
Alicia - 12:24 @ 20/30
Charlene - 11:43 @ 25/25
Matt - 15:30 @ 50/50 (great work!)
Jennifer - 12:40 @ 20/45

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday's WOD

We'll do a main site WOD:

Dumbbell Walking Lunges, Dumbbell Swings

5 rounds:
50# DB walking lunges - 10 alternating steps
50# DB swings - 15 reps

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Results

Great WOD
Hope everyone is smoked.
Here are the results
50 lbs (Men RXd)
Steve - 4
Bule- 2
Dave - 5 + 2 Thrusters

30 lbs (women RXd)
Matt - 6 + 7 Thrusters
Ken - 4 + 8 Burpees
Leslie - 4 + 4 Thrusters

25 lbs
Tina - 4 + 4 Burpees
Jennifer - 4rds

20 lbs
Valerie - 3 + 3 Burpees

15lbs
Alica - 5 + 6 Thrusters
Charlene - 5rds

10lbs
Scott - 4 + 10 Thrusters
Maria - 4 + 8 Burpees
LaCandice - 4 + 3 Burpees

LaCandice I picked up your sweatshirt and put it in with the Tshirts if Joel gets the shirts before i leave he will have it if not ill be back in 3 weeks
Hope you guys have fun for the next 3 weeks. Ill be jumping out of planes while you doing WODs

Change 1

OK I'm a dumbass and didnt look at the weather. So here is an updated WOD for today. I have also changed it on the White board
This is one we have done before, so here is the first chance to compare your new times with your old

AMRAP 20 Min
10 Dumbell Thrusters (Men 50lbs/Women 30 lbs)
20 Burpees

Compare to 14 Jan 2009

Last time I completed 4 rds + 8 burpees as Rxd

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hump Day WOD

Here is a Hump Day WOD
I will be there and try and be on time. If i am late start the warm up without me
5 rds
run 400m
SDLHP x 21
Thruster x 21

Men - 75lbs
Women - 50lbs

Tabata Results

Great job today and welcome to some more newbies! We continue to grow and it is definitely starting to get crowded (but it is a good problem to have).

As we discussed today -- you don't need an expensive gym membership or any equipment to get a solid butt kicking workout in less than 15 minutes...

Here are the results ya'll gave:
Pule - 6/9/9
Lacandice - 7/9/13
Jennifer - 8/12/12
Joe - 4/7/6
Reagan - 10/9/16
Leslie - 12/10/15
Charlene - 5/16/12
Alicia - 7/9/11
Ken - 5/6/7
Steve - 8/12/16
Tina - 6/10/12
Valerie - 7/9/10
Maria - 4/6/10
Matt -9/7/10

I won't be there Wednesday but Dave said he'll make it before heading off to have "fun" at Benning (where he'll no longer be a Dirty Nasty Leg!).

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday's WOD

Tabata This!

We will perform three exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, and squats) doing Tabata Intervals (i.e. 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times) with a one minute rotation break between exercises.

Each exercise is scored by the weakest number of reps in each of the eight intervals. During the one minute rotation time allowed, the clock is not stopped but kept running. The score is the total of the scores from the three exercises.

Some performance insights and a scoring example from Mark Twight:
- Lying down between exercises lowers HR faster than standing, sitting or walking, indicating better recovery in the short 60 second rest.
- Alternating upright exercise (squat, pull-up) with prone or seated exercises produces lower heart rates, and allows greater overall level of work
- Improvement happens really fast when the workout is done consistently (bimonthly).
- High number of reps may be maintained for greater number of sets as fitness improves. Rep totals do not necessarily improve per set, but now I can do 6 sets of 7 pull-ups rather than doing 11, 8, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, etc. which suggests that local area endurance and lactic acid tolerance improve with this protocol.

Scoring Example: A total score of 37 is determined by adding up the lowest number of reps in any set of each exercise.
6 push-up
13 sit-up
18 squats
This score is a 37.

I'll explain it in more detail before we execute it. I have a briefing I must attend at 1300, so we have to get through the warm-up and work-out without delay.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fridays WOD

OK guys the week is almost over and your still going with little help. Great Work
Next week Joel should be back and i will try and make a session but our range is at NFH so i can't make promises

Here is Fridays WOD

Every Min for 30 min
5 push ups
10 sit ups
15 squats

Ok this means that you start a clock, the 1st min you do the set, wait till the clock says 2 and then do it again. so on and so forth until you either fail to complete the required work in a min or you reach 30 min

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Good job everybody!

Way to hang in there and hit the WODs on your own! Karen asked that I set up an RSS feed for the blog so I have done that. If you look to the left of the webpage, you'll see the link to subscribe. I also fixed the problem with not being able to see the blog posts on the main page - sometimes blogger just decides to crap out on me.

A cert at Hood would definitely rock! I know a lot of you guys would like to go and it would definitely help deepen our pool of trainers and ensure someone was always available - especially with all the kit coming in and us about to have a proper CrossFit box.

Thanks for all your patience while Dave, Joel and I are tied up. FYI - Dave is working on a hopper competition for later this summer that we intend to host. Once I get back, I'll start working with the garrison command and III Corps to get full support. More to follow but I expect it to be a big event!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hump Day WOD

Hey guys, Im still in class and this week is starting to get real hard. Its only lunch and im smoked already. Not sure if ill make it tomorrow or not, but here is a WOD that you can do there or at home. Joel may make it back for friday, but he will be there next week for sure. Also just to let you know there is more and more intrest growing on post. Troop schools is intrested and 20th ENG is trying to set up a cert here at Fort Hood for those of you intersted. We also got word that the equipment is ordered and on its way

Well Here is the WOD it s hero one from the main site

Griff
Run 800m
Run 400m backward
Run 800m
Run 400m backward

It will be on the white board sometime today

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Monday WOD

On your own
There will be no trainer there Monday.
This doesn't require any equipment so you can meet and do it or just knock it out on your own

AMRAP in 20 Min
10 Step Walking Lunge
20 Push Ups
40 Sit ups
Count your rounds post them on here