In 2014, nearly 210,000 people signed up for the CrossFit Games Open – an event that only began in 2011 – almost six times as many that signed up for the Boston Marathon. On March 26th, people paid $20 a pop for one of the 4,000 seats at Kezar Pavillion in San Francisco to watch other people exercise. It was workout 14.5 of the Open and featured five CrossFit Games champs going head to head. Now, really think about that a moment. That is a powerful testament to the newly minted sport of fitness, and if I have to start the slow clap I gladly will.“—Chris Shugart,  



If you were to walk the aisles of your local supplement retailer, you’d see dozens of different brands of protein. But if you were to see the actual manufacturers of the protein itself (the people all of those brands are buying it from), you’d see far fewer companies. There are probably ten major players in the field of powdered protein, and that’s being generous. They’re not just huge; they own other companies that we think are huge.”—Anthony Roberts for Breaking Muscle


Workout of the Day
5×1 Overhead Squat

For time:

20 Front Rack Lunges (10 each leg) 95/65#
30 OHS 95/65#
20 OHS 95/65#
10 OHS 95/65#
20 Front Rack Lunges (10 each leg) 95/65#

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4 Responses

  1. Al C

    George: interesting articles as always. Although I have to admit that I found the Tnation article passive agressive with some interesting back handed compliments. He seems to position Crossfit as a great gimick to introduce people to fitness so they can later on down the road evolve to true fitness by learning from real experts such as himself. He like so many others claims he was doing Crossfit before there was Crossfit. Big deal so was every college wrestling program in America. Isn’t he missing the point that what Crossfit has done that is revolutionary is define fitness and test it in a way that is measurable, observable, and repeatable( a.k.a made it scientific). Of course he attacks crossfiters form. Why is everyone on the internet so obsessed with kipping and crossfiters form? Perfect form is difficult and takes time to master. I like to see him do something outside his confort zone and have perfect form immediately. Ever take a swimming lesson? I thought I was a good swimmer until I took a proper lesson; and Rich Froning really looked bad in that pool but I don’t see Michael Phelps posting on the internet about it. Anyway sorry for the long post. I’m a teacher and have way to much free time this week .

    1. George Demetriou

      Al–I was reading TNation long before I was doing CrossFit. It has been and continues to be educational and entertaining. Chris Shugart is one of my favorite writers from TNation. The article you referred to did have the passive-aggressive undertone to it, but that was the best article Shugart ever wrote about CrossFit!

      Your points were excellent! Not every single athlete from every strength and conditioning gym has good form, especially upon first learning a new skill. CrossFit is no different.

      There are plenty of other 2 day certification courses in existence that when passed allow the certificate holder to be employed by a gym or open a training facility. Some are good an some not so much. I completed another personal trainer course that was excellent, but we did about 6 minutes of “hands on” work in 3 days. I’ve met college-educated strength coaches I thought were excellent and I’ve met some that made me question how they are able to tie their shoes. The CrossFit Level 1 Certification test was the most difficult test I’ve ever taken! I was glad it was hard because it lent credibility to CrossFit. I know quite a few people who failed the test several times. Does getting a Level 1 certification make you an instant genius and an Olympic caliber athlete? No, but what certification or degree does? I always hear about “bad coaches”, but I have yet to meet one in the CrossFit community. I’m not suggesting that they don’t exist. I’m merely stating that I have met coaches from several states and have yet to find one I thought was doing a disservice to his/her members.

      Another major reason for the CrossFit bashing is to piggy-back on CrossFit’s popularity. Bash CrossFit on a blog or article and get plenty of Google hits–like the physical therapist who published a paper on CrossFit and Rhabdo. What a “great” way to get your name out there.

      I used to be upset by the CrossFit bashing. Now I’m amused. Some of the criticism is understandable, but much of it is nonsense. I’ve met Greg Glassman and have spoken with him on 3 occasions and he’s always been a professional and a gentleman. He is also highly intelligent. Is he perfect? I don’t believe so, but who is? Do I care if he can get through a CrossFit WOD? No. That’s like asking if it bothers me that boxing trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t fight Manny Pacquiao. Many people don’t know that Glassman had a catastrophic leg injury when he was a gymnast. Glassman was smart enough to learn from various subject matter experts and have them teach CrossFit trainers. He also surrounded himself with people who are good coaches and good business people.

      If CrossFit truly sucked nobody would criticize it because no one would care.

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