SPARTAN PERFORMANCE CROSSFIT SUFFOLK
4 rounds for time of:
400 meter run
15 kettlebell swings
Observations On The Health and Fitness Scene
By George Demetriou
One athlete was asked how she was staying in shape. "I do something called CrossFit", our athlete replied.
Other woman: "Oh I've heard of that–I was thinking of doing that or Lucille Roberts. Do they have nice treadmills?"
Our athlete: "Ugh no…no they don't. They have barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, ropes, rings and pull-up bars."
Other woman: "Oh…oh…umm I'll try Lucille Roberts."
One of our athletes recently spent some time in Atlantic City. While there, he figured he'd visit the local Bally's to get a quick workout. The crossfitter looked across the vast space filled with all types of machines and asked the employee behind the counter where the free weights were located? The Bally's employee looked at the crossfitter as if he asked what the average rainfall is during the winter season in the Amazon?
"Ughgggg…free weights? There's a small corner in the back with some stuff. You have to stay in that corner though."
The corner was about 100 square feet with a single bench, an olympic bar, some dumbbells and some metal plates. The floor was covered with the typical rubber flooring made for gym use.
The crossfitter decided to do a workout that contained deadlifts. Shortly after the crossfitter began his workout the Bally's employee frantically ran up to him.
Bally's DB (DB can mean a couple of things–use the one that best works for you): "Hey, hey, you can't do that."
CrossFitter: "Do what?"
Bally's DB: "That thing you're doing there—smashing the bar into the floor."
CrossFitter: "You mean deadlift."
Bally's DB: "Yes. You'll damage the floor."
CrossFitter: "I'll damage the rubber floor?"
Bally's DB: "Yes. You can't do that here."
Comment: Imagine a "gym" where the deadlift is unheard of and can't be performed? Scary, futuristic stuff that nightmares are made of actually happening right in Atalntic City. Next thing you know someone will come along and institute big box gyms that offer candy, use escalators or install alarms for grunting, dropping weights or the greatest threat to modern society–judging! Scary, but too far-fetched to actually happen.
One athlete/ real kettlebell-trainer happened to be in a fitness club watching another trainer teach the kettlebell swing. The gym member asked the trainer teaching the swing, "What muscles does this work?"
"The front delts", was the reply.
No mention of the core at all. No abs, lower back, hip flexors, glutes or hamstrings. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Some gyms buy kettlebells to look the part and don't hire trainers that have kettlebell experience or certification. This is dumb and dangerous.
One of our athletes went for a follow up visit to the doctor monitoring her gestational diabetes, post partum. The visit included a consultation by the office's registered dietician. When the crossfitter walked through the door of the dietician's office she observed a woman, roughly 5'2", with a waist size of approximately 45". The crossfitter was conservative with her measurement guess. What really stood out in our athlete's mind was how the fat of the dietician's ankles seem to gather up around the top of the foot and how the fat of her feet were spilling over the sides of her shoes. The dietician, according to our athlete was probably in her 50s, but she looked like she was in her 60's. She reminded her of the late Anne Ramsey, the actor from Throw Momma From The Train. The dietician was shorter and heavier though.
The dietician didin't appear to have a neck, just a large piece of fat, under her chin. Furthermore, the dietician reeked of cigarette smoke. As she imparted her dietary wisdom, the dietician weazed and tried to get more oxygen. She was apparently out of breath from walking about 30 feet.
Comment: You don't have to be young and beautiful to offer good diet advice, but it would be nice if an attempt was made to look like you should be taken seriously. There's so much info regarding diet and nutrition, why doesn't the medical community take a look? How can doctors not keep up with the latest research? How can a doctor who is grotesquely out of shape and cigarrette smoking seriously offer any health advice? If you follow your own nutritional advice shouldn't you be in decent shape? If you're not in decent shape should you be offering health advice to anyone?
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