Workout of the day for Saturday 08/12/12:
15 foot Rope climb, 4 ascents or (20 Pullups)
15 foot Rope climb, 3 ascents or (15 Pullups)
15 foot Rope climb, 2 ascents or (10 Pullups)
15 foot Rope climb, 1 ascents or (5 Pullups)
Excerpt: CrossFit: Redefining Fitness Inside and Outside the Box
from: Huffington Post
“What if the night before the Olympics, Michael Phelps traded his swim goggles for a bike helmet, gymnast Gabby Douglas handed over the uneven bars to Serena Williams, and sprinter Allyson Felix had to compete in a triathlon? While this scenario may sound absurd, just one month earlier, elite athletes at the2012 Reebok CrossFit Games embraced this sort of versatility in the name of being crowned “Fittest on Earth.” Preparing for the unknown and the unknowableis a central tenet of CrossFit, on display recently at the 5th annual CrossFit Games in Carson, CA. This competition comprised 14 workouts, including a surprise triathlon over treacherous terrain at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton.
In almost every way, CrossFit has turned the conventional wisdom of fitness on its head. This is largely because the big picture in CrossFit is overall well-being, achieved through nutrition and fitness, coupled with a philosophy of incremental improvement and sense of community.
With its prescribed method of “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement“, CrossFit’s approach is not to specialize, but to improve each person’s competency at all physical activities. This is achieved through carefully programmed Workouts of the Day or “WODs” that combine Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics (rings, pull-ups), and running, rowing, biking and swimming — performed in a high intensity sprint that lasts anywhere from an excruciating five minutes to an agonizing 30 minutes. Especially grueling “Hero WODs” are held periodically to honor fallen heroes and remind CrossFitters to think beyond themselves.
Workouts are held at no-frills warehouses called “boxes,” low on charm but rich in community spirit, personalized coaching, and palpable camaraderie. Unlike “Globo gyms,” CrossFit affiliates are owned and run by coaches themselves, giving them a vested interest in each client’s progress. CrossFit can be scaled and adapted to anyone, from fitness novice to advanced athlete.
Founder and CEO of CrossFit Greg Glassman describes the philosophy of CrossFit as “the belief in the improvability of ourselves and each other.”
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