Wednesday, July 20, 2011


  1. jdchristopher | July 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

    yesterday i had never done a handstand before, let alone a handstand pushup. today i did almost 40. that was freakin’ awesome. i was high on my achievement when i saw this:

    WHAT THE EVERLIVING F?! I only did 7 more than a 4 year old? Is this the secret of bad euro-techno music? and why is he winking at me before getting on the bar? to further my humiliation? it feels so… wrong.

    this video left me with far more questions than answers… felt the need to share.

    • mike | July 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Hilarious. This guy’s gonna be a ladykiller by age 6, a baby-daddy by 7, and star on a reality show before he’s 10.

    • Rob | July 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

      He needs to work on his range of motion

      • T | July 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

        Oddly, this is the second time that I have come across this kid on the internet. Today.

        • mike | July 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

          T, you should have kept that one to yourself.

        • jdchristopher | July 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm

          Did the first video you see involve him chain smoking and/or re-enacting the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs? …because that’s the only way this kid could disturb me more.

  2. Ryan D. | July 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    OTB: 60 each leg in 3 rounds in hotel room (in a rush)

  3. T | July 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

    back squat


    It’s a good thing I’m coming home soon. My WOD performance has been deteriorating rapidly the last few weeks.

    • coach | July 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm


      I’m anxiously awaiting your return—don’t worry, I’ll get you back on track and then some.


      • T | July 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm


        I look forward to it. Sort of. Mostly. Wait – was that a threat?


  4. No Doubt | July 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Big ups to Sid for quietly killing it today.

    • coach | July 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      Agreed, E. Sid’s massive, 30-pound PR was impressive.

      But, given her recent affinity for trash-talking, she’s not doing anything quietly…


      • sidc | July 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

        The other day I was merely pointing out an inconsistency between my performance and another’s after she commented that she was “coming for me”. I look at it as trying to motivate a fellow athlete.

        Thanks E for the shout out.

        • T | July 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          It’s too late to play innocent, Sid. I’m on to your dark side.

      • T | July 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

        And here I thought I was the only one she’d been trash-talking lately…

        • sidc | July 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

          T, I have no need to trash talk anyone else since you and I do it so well. I look forward to your return.

  5. b-kay | July 20, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Borja G.: 185-195-205-x-x-lbs.
    Robbie S.: 150-165-175-x-x-lbs.
    Larry B.: 140-155-155-x-x-lbs.
    Jeff T.: 115-125-135-x-x-lbs.
    Michael F.: 175-185-195-205-215x-lbs.
    Alex H.: 165-175x-165x-155-155-lbs.
    Jon H.: 115-125-135-145-155-lbs.
    Kris C.: 105-115-125-115-x-lbs.
    Christine S.: 105-115-125-115-x-lbs.
    Jessy C.: 85-95-105-105-x-lbs.
    Aaron B.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Allison F.: 85-75-75-75-75-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Laurie W.: 65-65-65-65-65-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5
    Jen O.: 75-85-85-85-85-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Jason C.: 37 (sub: max prom hspu, 1, 25-lb. plate; 25′ amrap)
    Rob K.: 165-175-185-195-x-lbs.
    David O.: 165-145-145-145-x-lbs.
    Glenn C.: 140-155-155-155-x-lbs.
    Matt H.: 105-115-115-115-x-lbs.
    Erez Y.: 165-175-185-185-x-lbs.
    Bill G.: 160-185-205-225-245-lbs.
    Sidra C.: 140-155-165-175-185-lbs.
    Josh M.: 130-150-135-135-x-lbs.
    Kaisa A.: 85-95-95-105-115-lbs.
    Alissa G.: 85-95-95-95-85-lbs.
    Keena S.: 85-95-95-95-85-lbs.
    Christy P.: 135-135-145-145-155-lbs.
    Mayra C.: 75-85-85-85-85-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Vinny L.: 65-65-65-65-65-lb. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Katie M.: 65-65-65-55-55-lbs. (sub: prom front squat)
    Julie G.: 65-65-65-55-55-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Mike S.: 185-205-225-185-x-lbs.
    Steve M.: 160-170-180x-165-x-lbs.
    Drew P.: 140-155-170-180x-x-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 165-175-175-175-x-lbs.
    Ivy F.: 160-170x-145-135-x-lbs.
    Ralph B.: 115-125-125-125-x-lbs.
    Cristian D.: 140-155-165-x-x-lbs.
    Teal B.: 140-155-165x-145-x-lbs.
    Brian J.: 115-125-135-145-x-lbs.
    Livia S.: 75-85-95x-x-x-lbs.
    James H.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Keith H.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Terry H.: 85-95-105-115-115-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Dave R.: 255-280-287-x-x-lbs.
    Josh O.: 225-185-185-185-x-lbs.
    Marco M.: 195-215x-190x-195-x-lbs.
    Brian T.: 160-170-175x-x-x-lbs.
    David S.: 150-160-175-165-x-lbs.
    Ysbrant M.: 135-135-115-115-x-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Lisa C.: 85-95-95-95-95-lbs.
    Alexis P.: 95-105-105-95-95-lbs. (5-5-5-5-5)
    Sean F.: 125-135-135-125-x-lbs.
    Chris C.: 145-155-165-180-200-lbs.
    Keith W.: 130-140-140-140-x-lbs. (5-5-5-5-5)
    John M.: 95-115-125-125-105-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Ben T.: 115-115-120-x-x-lbs.
    Brad R.: 95-95-105-115-95-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Thomas M.: 95-95-75-75-75-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Neil A.: 135-135-135-135-135-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Thomas B.: 105-105-105-105-105-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Kristen P.: 85-85-85-85-75-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Terry M.: 45-65-65-75-75-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Kathleen K.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Wesley T.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Jenn J.: 60-65-65x-55-x-lbs. (sub: shoulder press; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Malcolm F.: 75-75-65-65-65-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Charlie S.: 95-105x-85-85-x-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Katherine S.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    JC L.: 95-95-95-75-x-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Ryan S.: 175-190-215-215-x-lbs. (5-5-5-5-5)
    Scott T.: 115-95-95-95-95-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Leigh T.: 110-110-110-95-95-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Chris T.: 125-125-125-x-x-lbs.
    Ryan M.: 85-95-95-95-95-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Jim D.: 85-95-95-95-95-lbs. (sub: prom front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Ricky B.: 135-115-115-115-x-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Mark Co.: 45-65-75-85-85-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Jerry C.: 155-175-185-195-x-lbs.
    Holmes H.: 125-130-120-x-x-lbs.
    Arvin G.: 55-65-70-45-45-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Valentina F.: 55-60-65-70-70-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Set S.: 55-55-45-45-x-lbs. (sub: front squat)
    Sonal M.: 45-45-50-55-55-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)
    Katherine C.: 55-55-55-55-55-lbs. (sub: front squat; 5-5-5-5-5)

  6. jwood30 | July 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Nice job Bill!

  7. Rob | July 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Recent article on the Times about diet and calories:

  8. mike | July 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Rob — I mean nothing personal by the rant this about to follow, because I know you’re a huge Paleo-head, but I feel compelled to throw my 0.02 into the ring on this one.

    This article is pure nonsense. It lists red meat among the big “weight gain causing foods” and heralds whole grains as one causing little to no weight gain. Problem is, all the researchers did was have test subjects fill out a questionnaire listing what they ate and how much weight they gained or lost over time. Of course, whole grains are marketed as “healthy,” so people who eat them (and not, say, doughnuts or french fries) typically exercise a lot and implement some form of portion control. Thus it’s no surprise that the whole-grain eaters didn’t gain any weight. Likewise, the red meat eaters include in their ranks not just CrossFitters and other Paleo-lovers, but also the meat-and-potatoes-and Budweiser crowd, a crowd that has no problem putting on weight over time.

    Reading this article compels me to make two points. First, correlation is not causation. I can eat a king size Snickers bar every day and probably not gain any weight, given my activity level. This does not mean Snickers bars do not cause weight gain. Second, looking at foods in a vacuum, instead of a cluster of foods as part of a “diet,” gets you vacuum-like results. I’m sure there is a diet on which you can eat pure lard and not gain weight, but you might also lose muscle and and probably miss out on vital nutrients.

    I think the big problem here is America’s obsession with weight. An examination of the relationship between diet and weight will always generate these ridiculous results. A better question might be the relationship between diet and health. As CrossFitters, we relate diet and power output, because CrossFit equates with “health” an individual’s prowess in the 10 general physical domains, most notably, power output. And that relationship says much more about which foods are good and which are bad.

    To this point: About 4 weeks ago I cut gluten from my diet entirely, meaning, I don’t even cheat with it — no bread, no cookies, and no beer. I cut it out because I have a mild gluten allergy, and I was tired of feeling run down every time I had a sandwich (double meat!) on whole grain bread. Since cutting this “magic food that does not cause weight gain,” I have felt better than ever, and I recover from our workouts probably twice as fast as I used to. I’m actually not sore right now, 32 hours after doing 145 handstand pushups and strict pullups. On the other hand, I’ve been hungrier since cutting gluten (it’s high in calories after all) and I’ve largely replaced it with fat — even cooking with coconut oil and butter instead of the venerable olive oil. Guess what? I think I’ve lost a pound or two of fat.

    That brings me to my last point. If you are focused on “weight” instead of “health” — get real about what that focus means. You’re really focused on appearance. And there is nothing wrong with that — my dad always says that vanity will keep you alive an extra 20 years. But check this out: correlating diet with appearance will have you eating butter and avoiding whole grains in no time.


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