SPARTAN PERFORMANCE                                             CROSSFIT SUFFOLK


Perform the following tests:

L-sit for time.
Handstand walk for distance.
Chest to bar weighted pull-up for load.
Snatch 1 rep for load.





Congratulations to the 2011 CrossFit Games winners, Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir!  Congratulations to our local competitors, Dan Tyminski of CrossFit Lindy-25th place and Scott De Tore of CrossFit Kryptonite, 1st place for Men's Masters-Ages 45-49!  We caught much of the events as they were streamed live on the internet.  This year's Games were the best yet!  You can catch the archived events by clicking: 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Stream Archives.


The Paleo-Diet: Caveman Cure-All Or Unhealthy Fad?  "After hearing one too many first-person accounts of startling and positive changes in people's lives after going Paleo (and despite Michael Pollan's warnings about fad diets), I had to give it a shot. And you know what? It's been pretty great. After a few weeks, I've lost weight, I feel better, and the two-hour-plus sluggish period that used to follow lunch just about every day is gone. That's while eating sort of like a pig—meat, vegetables, nuts, eggs, fish, all cooked with butter and scarfed down with gleeful self-contentment. I get hungry less often, and when I do it's a different sort of hunger; not nagging and brain-debilitating, but more natural-feeling and subtle, almost healthy."Alesh Houdek, The Atlantic

The above article brings up two issues that most mainstream media Paleo articles mention much to our annoyance:

1)  The Paleo Diet is a re-packaged Atkins Diet and (2) Paleolithic man lived a short life.

I'm no authority on the Atkins Diet, but I do know that it was a very low-carb diet.  The Atkins Diet, in the beginning stages, requires one to keep carb intake at about 25 grams.  The Paleo Diet has no such requirement and focuses on what carbs to eat rather than how much to eat.  The Paleo Diet is in no way, shape or form a  low-carb diet.  The confusion seems to come from the belief that "carbs" means bread and pasta.  Somehow fruit and vegetables get left out of the carb equation.  We don't know why this is.  Take home lesson:  Grain–pasta, bread and rice are carbs to be avoided while most fruit and vegetables are carbs to be consumed.

Cavemen had a shorter life span because of the lack of technology and advancements in emergency care.  Infections and injuries were life threatening back in the days of cavemen.  There was no neo-natal care as well.  If you weren't born strong and healthy you probably weren't sticking around very long. Cavemen were food for other predators.  Unless you are on safari in deep Africa you probably don't have this problem today. This shouldn't be too difficult to figure out.  Cavemen weren't checking out from heart disease, diabetes, and other "modern" diseases that are associated with poor dietary habits, smoking cigarettes, excessive drinking of alcohol and lack of being mobile (read: lack of exercise, manual labor, play, hunting, foraging, traveling and sitting excessively).George


A Way To Save America's Bees: Buy Free-Range Beef   "About one-third of the value of California's agricultural production—$11.7 billion annually—requires pollination. Of that, the new study estimates, wild pollinators residing in California's natural habitats, chiefly rangelands, provide between 35 and 39 percent of all pollination services to the state's crops—the first calculation of the percentage of crop pollinators that are wild and free-living, and of the economic value of their pollination services. Thus, the report concludes, California's wild pollinators add somewhere between $937 million to $2.4 billion every year to the state's agricultural economy."Nicolette Hahn Niman, The Atlantic

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