Friday, March 5, 2010


  1. StuLu | March 5, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Kiss my ass!

    What is this: some kind of fucking conspiracy?

    Of all the things to shove in my face as the photo of the day: Meg – wearing that name, that number, that nightmare of an unfashionable outfit – here as I slave the lonely byways of America, alone and afraid, you choose this, this, this travesty of the great game of hockey. I am so furious I can’t even punctuate properly.

    O.K. John, you did it…I am lured in…no more Mr. Nice Guy – Dodgeball it is.

    I actually came to post a review of Paradiso Crossfit in Marina Del Rey, but the hell with it. It was a tasty review…as this was the Crossfit Box that would be John Main’s worst nightmare.

    No, I am far too upset right now.

    And, for the record, Cyndy Crosby is the biggest cry-baby, whiner, sweet little opportunist Canadian phony that ever skated on ice. A few more weeks Meg…you just wait…he will be crying in the corner while clutching his wussy gold medal as the Caps steamroll him back to Nova Scotia on the Poutine Express.

    I am shaking with anger. And I am seriously considering a trip to Bally’s tomorrow to do Bicep Curls in the mirror as a protest.

    StuLu – The Angry!

    • meghanmcnally | March 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

      correction: that’s fine, crosby will be hanging out in the corner with a gold medal AND a stanley cup…

      anyway, i wish the caps luck. this is going to be a fun post season!

    • swimdra | March 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

      As soon as I saw this picture I thought of you Stu. I’m glad I can count on you to come through and let people know exactly what is wrong with having that name displayed at MPH.

  2. Rob | March 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Don’t make StuLu angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry.

    And Stu’s right. This ain’t gonna be Crosby’s year. The Caps are just too good. Going to be at the game on Saturday – going to miss you Stu!

  3. mchofia | March 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

    That’s hit number two at the Kumbaya of MPH. If we don’t get it out on a dodgeball field soon all will be lost. Now I say we don’t need a gym, we’re MPH! We do this old school and find a playground, some rubber balls and get’er done.

  4. coach | March 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Rob K.: 295-315-325-325-325-lbs., 10:40 (135-lbs.)
    Mike D.: 155-155-175-175-175-lbs., 7:23 (85-lbs.)
    Erez Y.: 275-295x-275-275-275-lbs., 8:30 (95-lbs.)
    Ralph A.: 255-275x-255-255-255-lbs., 5:56 (sub: push press, 15x single-leg burpee/round)
    Borja G.: 275-285-285-285-285-lbs., 7:54 (115-lbs.)
    Tamra F.: 235-245-225-225-225-lbs., 13:59 (85-lbs.)
    Erin K.: 155-155-155-155-155-lbs., 8:32 (85-lbs.)
    Paul M.: 155-155-155-155-155-lbs., 6:30 (65-lbs.)
    Kris C.: 140-140-140-140-140-lbs., 8:39 (65-lbs.)
    Katie M.: 95-95-95-95-95-lbs., 8:03 (55-lbs.)
    Ted K.: 7:06 (sub: pushup, 400m row)
    Jeremy N.: 225-275-275-255-255-lbs., 8:19 (135-lbs.)
    David O.: 275-295-305-305-305-lbs., 9:28 (135-lbs.)
    Sean M.: 255-255-255-255-255-lbs., 8:35 (95-lbs.)
    Meghan M.: 205-225x-225-225-225-lbs., 7:16
    Sidra C.: 205-205-205-205-205-lbs., 10:22 (95-lbs.)
    Josh M.: 225-225-225-225-225-lbs., 7:02 (105-lbs.)
    Caitlin F.: 175-175-155-155-155-lbs., 8:52 (85-lbs.)
    Scott D.: 175-175-175-175-175-lbs., 7:41 (85-lbs.)
    Jessica H.: 165-175-175-175-175-lbs., 8:08 (75-lbs.)
    Jen M.: 145-155-155-155-155-lbs., 9:32 (75-lbs.)
    Kate S.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs., 9:15 (55-lbs.)
    Leota B.: 115-125x-125x-115-115-lbs., 11:17 (55-lbs.)
    Steve D.: 275-295-315-315-315-lbs., 8:56 (135-lbs.)
    Neil A.: 265-285-295-295-295-lbs., 13:29 (135-lbs.)
    Jeff W.: 225-245-245-245-245-lbs., 9:07 (105-lbs.)
    Robbie S.: 205-205-185-195-195-lbs., 9:11 (105-lbs.)
    Mike S.: 185-185-185-185-185-lbs., 11:53 (135-lbs.)
    Susanna B.: 155-165-175-165-l55-lbs., 14:16 (75-lbs.)
    David S.: 155-175-195x-195-195-lbs., 8:22 (75-lbs.; sub: push press)
    Bill G.: 175-175-195-195-195-lbs., 8:07 (85-lbs.)
    Jessy C.: 95-115-95-95-95-lbs., 8:47 (65-lbs.)
    Christine S.: 115-125-135-135-135-lbs., 8:37 (65-lbs.)
    Michelle C.: 115-125-115-115-115-lbs., 12:17 (55-lbs.)
    Shana S.: 115-125-125-125-125-lbs., 9:07 (55-lbs.)
    Alex M.: 205-205-225-225-225-lbs., 6:24 (85-lbs.)
    Jonathan H.: 225-235-235-235-235-lbs., 9:31 (95-lbs.)
    Dave R.: 265-295-315-295-295-lbs., 9:40
    Joanna L.: 135-145-145-145-145-lbs., 7:03 (55-lbs.)
    Antonio G.: 285-305-315-315-315-lbs., 7:38 (115-lbs.)
    Matt W.: 265-305-335-335-335x-lbs., 9:36 (115-lbs.)

  5. StuLu | March 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I thought I dreamt this so had to check again this morning. It is real. At closer examination of the photo a few things were revealed:

    1. So what…so Meg can simply stand in place with a bunch of weight on her back. I could actually squat that weight.

    2. Her form for this lift, the “one rep max of standing up straight with some weight on your back” is poor at best. And, it appears to me from the look of her arms that Meg is a closet Bicep Curler.

    3. The spotter on the left seems to be secretly giving Meg the finger. Obviously this person knows their hockey.

  6. adam1181 | March 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

    4. Meg looks better in her Harvard t-shirt.

    • meghanmcnally | March 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

      man, you guys are brutal… and jealous that i can back squat more than you 🙂
      go pens!

  7. jwood30 | March 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I am officially signed up for the Mudder Run! JW

  8. ellebee2 | March 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I just wanted to say thanks to the coaches and everyone in the 7am and 8 am classes for helping me finish those last seven reps. I really really didn’t think I could, but your support helped me through to the end.

    Oh and… Let’s go Caps! Rangers Suck! (Hopefully we can at least all agree on that).


    • b-kay | March 5, 2010 at 11:55 am

      LB!…welcome to the fray…

  9. TinkWants2GetStronger | March 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Tink is also signed up for the Mud Run! heaven help! 😀

    • Silence of the Chudy | March 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Hmmmmm- this is getting interesting. I’d like to do it but what would MPH God say given the high wig threshold of the Mud Run?

      • coach | March 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

        Silence of the Chudy. I love it. Chudible, good work.


      • TinkWants2GetStronger | March 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        high wig threshold…WIG? dang..what’s a high wigh threshold…will you be wearing a wig! 😀

        (John lights himself on fire!!)


  10. adam4282 | March 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I’m also signed up for the Mud Run

  11. jeremynurse | March 5, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Mud Run is on!!

  12. StuLu | March 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Now that I have calmed a bit from yesterday’s obvious attempt by the gods of MPH to incite me into Jihad I can post my review of Paradiso Crossfit in Marina Del Rey. I also worked out at Crossfit San Diego last night and will post a review of it at a later date.

    I can thank Ivy for her suggestion that I start to make an effort to find a box when traveling. Not only has it made my days much more tolerable on the road but has led me to a potential Crossfit accomplishment that will obviously far outweigh any Fran times I post. My goal is to be the person who has worked out at more Crossfit Boxes than anyone in the world. We will have a party when I hit the 100th. Perhaps I can even start a Zagat style website of reviews at

    So, as preparation I will from here on in be using a system of rating called the “Kettlebell.” One Kettlebell signifies a gym where people do pull-ups on rain gutters and the coach is a former Serbian Army Commander. Ten Kettlebells, well, it is to be the top honor to any box that even comes close to MPH. Then of course there is the in-between.

    Crossfit Paradiso – Marina Del Rey, CA (John Main’s Worst Nightmare)

    1. It is in a storage unit. This is not an embellishment. You walk into a complex of cement blocks with garage door fronts and lo-and-behold there is one unit with a Crossfit sign painted above the door. I never imagined that I would work-out in a storage unit at anytime in my life so it was quite exciting as experiences go.

    2. The box is the size of the entryway at MPH. O.K., that is a slight embellishment. You get the point though. It is small, really small. I could broad jump the entire gym in two moves. If I flexed my pectoral region I would probably knock somebody over.

    3. The owner Dave is one of the most genuine people I have met in a long-time. Young, enthusiastic, very welcoming. He takes me outside to introduce his wife who is standing by the door, this given that the two of us are inside and there is no room available for a third. He looked at my t-shirt and smiled; “Oh, we’re a bit different here, we actually do cuddle afterwards.” I could see this, the guy is so nice, so sweet, I felt like cuddling him right then myself. I was thinking that Dave should also open a Bed and Breakfast. Although not in a storage unit.

    4. One other person shows up for the 5:30 slot. I commented to Dave that it looked like a small group and he remarked that in fact 5 or 6 more would be eventually coming and that he welcomes people to straggle in whenever as “they like things to be a bit loose and easy for everyone.” Reason number one that this is John Main’s worst nightmare.

    5. The equipment appears to have come from the Dhaka, Bangladesh Gold’s Gym, circa 1968. My Kettlebell had a Vote for Eisenhower sticker on it. The racks are barely standing. He does have rowers from the last decade though, and also those glute rack things that we don’t. And the PVC’s appeared fresh and new.

    6. The warm-up was a 500-meter row and then three rounds of 10 empty bar push press, 10 pass-throughs, 10 “skin-the-cats”, and 10 push-ups. Yes, I know what you are wondering, the same as I, what the hell is a “skin the cat.” It sounded like one of Steve D’s goat recipes so I was a bit concerned. Dave showed me the move, basically described as holding onto rings as you do a mid-air somersault back to your feet and vomit. He helped me through the first two and then I actually did the rest on my own. They are not fun, and I was a bit nauseous as a conclusion. I am going to demonstrate the move the next time I teach the Gymnastic certification class at MPH.

    7. The WOD: 3,3,3,3,3,3,3 Shoulder Press and an optional (yes, optional) conditioning WOD of 8 minutes alternating between Knees to Elbows, 55lb Kettlebell Swings, and Burpees (start with one of each and continue up one rep after each round for eight minutes).

    8. By the time I finished the warm-up some more people came in…my first reaction was to start doing burpees as it was now 5:45. But everyone started hugging each other instead and tripping over Kettlebells and plates. I was assigned a bar with Big Schmitty. Everyone had nicknames (I was also introduced to Wiggles, MethMan, and Bob – whose real name was Carol). Big Schmitty was 6-7 and about 240 lbs. He warmed up with 100 reps on my maximum 3-rep shoulder-press weight. I felt small. I would compare it to experiencing erectile dysfunction in front of a naked Angelina Jolie.

    9. Shit was everywhere at this point. And really, I saw one-person face plant over a stray Kettlebell. The place is so small that Dave actually installed a pull-up bar outside so that some people could do their WOD in the parking lot in front of the storage unit. There was such chaos with stuff on the floor – and people in each other’s way – that I imagined John would completely lose it and burn the whole place down with us inside.

    10. Everyone chose his or her own weights to progress at. There were no predetermined amounts to reach. This was actually a recurring theme at all three boxes…nobody tells you how much…just to choose weights your comfortable at. Another reason why MPH is vastly superior…we don’t have to think…just do!

    11. Upon completing the Strength WOD Dave announced it was time for the conditioning. Now came something that we will never hear at MPH; “Let me know which of you want to do it.” Four of us opted in…how could I say no…it is a word that has been erased from my Crossfit DNA by John and Melody. Luckily Big Schmitty opted-out as I feared a report from the U.S. Geological Survey would have a strong earthquake being felt in Los Angeles if he started doing burpees. I took my position next to Wiggles and completed 7 rounds and 5 swings which was pretty much the same as the other three…not bad.

    12. Dave was a good coach, if a little laid back, he did yell at me though for lifting my hands off the floor when doing burpees. I told him, in between grunts, that I am not allowed to do otherwise and he looked at me in a confused state. A minute later he commented that he sees why now…it forces me to make complete contact with the floor. He also commented when watching my knees – to -elbows that I have an exceptionally strong mid-section, which did make me somewhat uncomfortable; was he undressing me with his eyes?

    13. Despite the laid-back Cali feel, antiquated equipment, and shoe-box size, I really loved this place. As Crossfit has become more and more a “business” it is great to see these little grass-root affiliates where the purity of the thing is still at the core. It felt more like home as well in that there was a spirit of cheering and care between each other. Well, it reminded me of what we used to have at home before John decided to make us hate each other.

    Rating: 6 Kettlebells.

  13. Tank | March 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Another amazing review! I can’t wait for the next one.


  14. roselenaramirez1 | March 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Laughlin still. Stulu, you should consider write a book about your crossfit adventures.

  15. train2live | March 5, 2010 at 8:14 pm


    Another excellent review from the road! Keep ’em coming!

    Dave O.

  16. aschneidau | March 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    StuLu, You’re awesome…I laughed out loud! Please, please wear uggs next time at MPH!


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