Saturday, January 2, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Jenn J., one of our most dedicated athletes and ardent supporters, grabbed a little press this morning on the front page of The Washington Post’s Style section. The article is: “Hunter- gatherer gourmet”. MPH gets a mention as well—thanks, Jenny!

for time:
15x handstand pushup
1x “L” pull-up
13x handstand pushup
3x “L” pull-up
11x handstand pushup
5x “L” pull-up
9x handstand pushup
7x “L” pull-up
7x handstand pushup
9x “L” pull-up
5x handstand pushup
11x “L” pull-up
3x handstand pushup
13x “L” pull-up
1x handstand pushup
15x “L” pull-up

workout courtesy of


  1. Rob | January 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Great article in the Post! I think this workout was a good example of the “very prehistoric movements” that one can normally find here at MPH. 🙂

  2. voidwhichbinds | January 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    OMG check out Jen in the washpost!

  3. StuLu | January 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Great job Jenn! You look fantastic…and the pancakes had my mouth watering.

    Just one thing: You should all go to the Forum section for this article and read the posts. It is one of the most commented on articles today. A great deal of naysaying however – many not so nice. I have posted my thoughts and criticism of some of the criticism. It might be good to get a few more MPH athletes in there to voice their opinion as well in that this is not a “diet”, nor a “cult”, and that the Crossfit and Paleo lifestyle is not some holier than thou elitist group of fanatics.


  4. StuLu | January 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Here is one of the posts on the article comments section….just to get you motivated to pop over there and respond:

    -“Ugh, I have a friend who is mainly paleo, also a crossfit instructor, but took the weekend off in NYC a few weeks back. I’m eating a salad as she munches on fries and God knows what else as she begins her preaching. Did I know that grains and potatoes are actually a toxin to the body and that grains cause autoimmune diseases? This is junk science taught by trainers in gyms – not educated experts. Of course eating healthy is good for the body, but the bizarre cult mumbo jumbo is creepy. Recruiting for diet plans? What is Crossfit selling?”

  5. ashacooper | January 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Great article.

  6. coach | January 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Adam C.: 24:49 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Alex M.: 21:12 (sub: atomic pushup, strict pull-up)
    David O.: 35:13 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 45-lb. plate + 1 x 35-lb. plate, strict pull-up)
    Rob K.: 29:09 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Ivy F.: 28:27 (sub: 65-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Lisa C.: 29:39 (sub: 55-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Jessica H.: 36:55 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Jeff W.: 27:39 (sub: atomic pushup, strict pull-up)
    Jen M.: 29:46 (sub: 60-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Ralph A.: 17:16 (sub: 75-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
    Kris C.: 18:22 (sub: atomic pushup, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Sean M.: 22:45 (sub: 85-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
    Joe P.: 36:21 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 45-lb. plate, strict pull-up)
    Linda K.: 22:30 (sub: pushup, 1x bodyrow)
    Jason H.: 18:30 (sub: 75-lb. shoulder press, strict pull-up)
    Neil A.: 23:22 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 45-lb. plate + 1 x 25-lb. plate)
    Mayra C.: 25:11 (sub: 55-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
    Spencer P.: 38:15 (sub: prom hspu, 1 x 45-lb. plate)
    Thomas M.: 21:50 (sub: atomic pushup, strict pull-up)
    Jeremy N.: 13:56 (sub: atomic pushup, jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue)
    Teal B.: 29:09 (sub: 55-lb. shoulder press, jump-stretch strict pull-up, green)
    Erin H.: 27:05 (sub: 45-lb. shoulder press, strict pull-up)
    StuLu: 26:24 (sub: atomic pushup)
    Koji H.: 25:00 (sub: 65-lb. shoulder press, strict pull-up)

  7. cjsiegel | January 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    5K 25:12

    today= 15:12 ( hspu plank progression, no pullup bar (wtf) so 20lb DBs shoulder press and V ups. )

  8. Mrs. Finkenstadt | January 2, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Congratulations Jen J! (And you look gorgeous in the photo!) I’ll take StuLu’s suggestion and post in the comments on WP Online. I find that I get a lot of flack for Paleo (and to a degree for Crossfitting), but most of that is based in other people’s insecurities about their own health habits.

  9. Jenny J. | January 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks everyone for the kind words about the article. I’m especially pleased that it directed positive attention towards crossfit, our facility and eating paleo. And really, the credit goes to John, Melody, BK and everyone at crossfitMPH for being so supportive. My goal has always been to strive for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. I struggle with that goal, often, but MPH is always there to encourage me and help me get back on track. I like to think of all of us as works in progress. That we should always strive to be stronger, faster, have better form and achieve better health and nutrition is what will keep me doing what we do everyday for (hopefully) the rest of my life.

    I’m so proud of what the MPH community has achieved in 2009. It was a big year for all of us. So, here’s to an even bigger year in 2010!

    jenny j


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