Tuesday, November 22, 2011


  1. Rob | November 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

    This has started to make the rounds in Crossfit circles, but I thought this was very interesting. “Biggest Loser” Jillian Michaels tries a Crossfit workout. One, it’s a very easy WOD, not too far off from some of our warm-ups. A real WOD with this combo of exercises would go multiple rounds. Two, she has terrible form. Three, most everyone in our box could put up more reps than Jillian, who is gassed by the end.


    • Mrs. F | November 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

      However, Rob, did you see this?


      To be fair, I don’t think I would have wanted my first CrossFit workout to be on film in front of a studio audience. Let’s stay positive and hope that she gets curious and wants to find out more about CrossFit!

      • Rob | November 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        Thanks Ivy. I was posting for perhaps different reasons than laid out in this article. I agree that everyone should be supportive of any new athlete coming to a box, but Jillian is not a new athlete, she has made her living telling other people how to get fit – and often not in a nice manner. The article makes a good point that it’s unfair to expect good form on SDHPs the first time one is performing that movement, but I don’t think it’s unfair to expect – given her very public (and sometimes nasty towards others) persona – that she should be able to do a 2 minute workout. She has created a lucrative brand for herself based on a perception of her own fitness level, which can be seen in her website:


        So for me, it wasn’t related to Crossfit per se, but more a marketing perception vs. reality issue.

        • Mrs. F | November 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm

          I agree with that, but I also think it’s very very common for people who are already in good to even above average shape to be taken by surprise by crossfit, and I think that’s the point. I think that was part of the point of Bob Harper having Jillian do the short demo.CF wouldn’t be as seductive/addictive/effective and a host of other -ives if anyone could come in and throw down at an elite level from day one. Everyone gets tested by it.

          • mike | November 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

            While I am confounded by the blog comments about JM’s crossfit performance (this is good press, in a way!) — I definitely get Rob’s point. What exactly does it mean to be “in good to even above average shape” if you are “taken by surprise by [a series of natural, functional movements performed at high intensity].” That’s what’s at the core of Rob’s comment.

            Everyone does get tested by CF, but it is rather telling that a so-called fitness guru was tested by a 2 minute wod with no significant loading or ROM.

    • coach | November 22, 2011 at 11:43 am


      Today’s moment of strength…


  2. b-kay | November 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Dave R.: 175-195-210-215x-210x-210-200-lbs.
    Christy P.: 135-135-150-157-145-150-150-lbs.
    Brandon W.: 80-90x-85-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Syed Q.: 45-55-55-65-65-65-65-lbs. (sub: 4x mid-hang squat clean)
    Claire H.: 95-110-110-110-120-127-x-lbs.
    Derek B.: 95-115-130-140-150-155x-155-lbs.
    Alex H.: 95-115-130-140-150-150-x-lbs.
    Kris C.: 65-75-85-90-95-80-85-lbs.
    Aaron B.: 65-75-85-85-85-95-x-lbs. (sub: 2x hang power clean + 2x power clean)
    Jen O.: 65-75-85-95x-90-95-95-lbs.
    Keena S.: 65-75-75-85-90-95x-85-lbs.
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    James H.: 75-95-105-105-105-105-105-lbs. (sub: 2x hang power clean + 2x power clean)
    Ty C.: 85-100-120x-100-100-110-110-lbs.
    Bill M.: 65-65-65-65-75-80-80-lbs.
    Christine S.: 75-80-85-85-75-75-75-lbs.
    Kevin M.: 65-75-75-75-85-85-85-lbs. (sub: 4x mid-hang power clean)
    Keith H.: 95-115-115-125-135-145-125-lbs.
    Jeff W.: 95-110-120-125-130-135x-110-lbs.
    JC L.: 75-85-95-85-85-85-85-lbs.
    Yoshi S.: 75-85-95-95-100-lbs., 3:30, 2:00, 1:39 (sub: max plank hold)
    Candida M.: 55-60-60-45-55-55-55-lbs.
    Jenn J.: 1:49 (sub: 5x jump-stretch strict pull-up, blue + max bar hang; 7 rounds)
    Marco M.: 150-160x-160-170-175-175-lbs.
    Ben T.: 110x-95-95-100x-95-95-100-lbs.
    Sean F.: 120-125-130-135-140-135-135-lbs.
    Brad R.: 95-115-120-125-130-130-135-lbs.
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    Steve D.: 115-135-155-175-185-185-190x-lbs.
    Erez Y.: 135-145-160-165-167-x-x-lbs.
    Ivy F.: 105-110-110-110-115-120x-110-lbs.
    Brian T.: 125-130-135-140-150x-145-150-lbs.
    David S.: 125-130x-130-135-140-143x-135-lbs.
    John G.: 115-125-135-140-140-140-140-lbs.
    Wayne C.: 115-130-135-140-145-145-135-lbs.
    Chris C.: 115-130-140-140-150-155x-155-lbs.
    Brian J.: 115-125-130-135-130x-120-120-lbs.
    Ryan S.: 135-140-145-150-155-160x-160-lbs.
    Tamra F.: 115-120x-117-120-122-120x-113-lbs.
    Mark Co.: 105-105-110-115-115-115-115-lbs.
    John B.: 125-140-150-160-165-170-150-lbs.
    Michael F.: 140-150-160-170-180x-180x-180x-lbs.
    Set S.: 65-75-85x-75-80-80-85-lbs.
    Alissa G.: 75-85-90-95-100x-100x-97x-lbs.
    Jeremy M.: 55-55-55-55-55-55-55-lbs. (sub: 2x hang power clean + 2x power clean)
    Valentina F.: 55-55-55-55-55-55-55-lbs. (sub: 2x hang power clean + 2x power clean)
    Arvin G.: 65-75-75-85-85-85-x-lbs.
    Kristen D.: 55-55-55-65-65-65-65-lbs.

  3. Ryan D. | November 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    “Deck of cards workout” (go through full deck of cards, 4 suits = squats, push-ups, sit-ups, and alternating strict supported pull-ups and 25-lb hang squat cleans, jack through ace = 11-14x). Did with a work colleague who suggested it, a bit silly but fun.

    23 minutes


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