Scoopy Snatch

Sorry for the 2 cartoon posts this week…lack of creativity.

Thursday’s WOD
Scoopy Snatch Complex
30 rounds for time of:
Power Snatch
OHD Squat
Heaving Snatch Balance
Loading: Men-85 lb  Ladies-55 lb
A few post for you tonight. 
First: A great article on why women must ditch the popular Fitness magazine shit and just work hard!  This article brings up the discussion that often, women fear weightlifting due to the myth that they will get “big.”  Along these lines, we often get the statement that the olympic lifts are “too complex” or “too hard.”  Most of you have heard me say that as we get past the age of about 25 or so, we start losing functionality;  we lose range of motion, balance, coordination, etc..  The Olympic lifts ARE complex.  They DO require coordination.  They DO take practice, and they can be frustrating at times.  They are a LIFETIME PURSUIT and they teach us efficient movement, reinforce functionality, develop coordination, balance, accuracy, power and speed.  ATTACK these challenges.  “Our greatest growth comes in the Headlong pursuit of our deficiencies.” (thank for that one Coach and Andrew).  Some of the neatest events in our gym are seeing 40+ y/o athletes jump rope and say “i haven’t jumped rope since the 7th grade!”  They suck at first, but then they get better…and more confident…and more coordinated!  You will greatly miss coordination and balance if they are absent when you are 60.
Next  is from Robb Wolf and it addresses the post-holiday mental and physical lull many people feel
Next:  As if you don’t hear us harp on this enough–GO TO SLEEP!!!  OPT posts a great one
Next, from CrossFit Balboa:  this guy knows his stuff and this is a GREAT post discussing the links of vegetarian diets, low cholesterol and ….SUICIDE/Depression!
Finally, a great rant by Robb Wolf.  I love when he gets on a roll.  Read below (not for virgin eyes).  Robb is relating the attacks on CrossFit to attacks on the low-carb methodology.
There were some weak attempts to discredit the assertions that fitness is: “work capacity across braod time and modal domains” but as usual, no alternate definition is offered! Just a “I disagree…come up with something else…”
If you have an issue with a program or philosophy then offer something as an alternative. I can offer a counter point to vegetarianism that ranges from health, to resource allocation to morality (the least harm principle). Perhaps I’m wrong (I’m not) but if I’m going to go claim some group or philosophy is flawed, Im going to start with their foundations and work my way up to the relatively inconsequential minutia.
None of the “experts” are doing this. I think this is because none of these people have a fucking clue what Greg Glassman has cooked up: An open source approach to fitness that gives everything away…yet commands an ever greater market share. All built around a mathmatically precise defenition of fitness.
The vegetarian/high carb-low fat analogy is just too compelling to let go of. The Orthodoxy posited that fat was the cause of heart disease, cancer and nearly every other ill under the sun. The idea was very compelling…but wrong. When the Low carb researchers began countering the Orthodoxy the reposte was always a combo of “Low carb is dangerous…low carb is unscientific”.
Dangerous! Unscientific!
Scoobie! Get the the Mystery Machine out of here!
So the low-carb researchers would rebut the Orthodoxy…and the orthodoxy would change tact “did we say low carb was bad for your liver? No, we meant your pancreas.”
Low carb rebuttal
“Oh…did we say pancreas? We meant kidney”
And so it went. And so it goes.
The same story is playing out with CrossFit. Experts claim danger and a lack of science.  Rebuttals are offered, subsequently ignored, and the tac changes.
An open market determines who really has the goods. 80% of doctors, when asked how they would approach loosing weight said they would do a low carb diet. Most do not recommend this to their clients and the why is another interesting post. Crossfit grows because it’s doing SOMETHING right.
All this said, the best technology in the world does not guarantee that a practitioner is a good coach or worth a bucket of piss as a human being. I’m not saying that. But the “experts” seem to demand a level of understanding and competency they hold no other practitioners to. I guess I’d like to know “Why?”

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