Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. It’s almost Friday. June gloom in Southern California appears to be over and there are 24 hours of sunlight in Iceland. All’s right in the world.
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Penalty Box…This is what happens when you leave equipment out at CrossFit Akureyri in Northern Iceland, you have to do 200 burpees with a 20 pound weight vest.
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Caitlin Byczko, a lawyer at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, uses CrossFit to get a mental and physical break from the rigors of working as a lawyer. “You can’t be focused on, ‘Did I make a typo in footnote seven on page eight of that brief I wrote?’” Byczko told her local Indiana paper.
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I have had many conversations with CrossFitters, and others, about the efficacy of CrossFit programming. As somebody who teaches about physical conditioning at the university level, I am interested in the unorthodox nature of CrossFit and the results it achieves. While the majority of trainers and athletes easily understand many aspects of CrossFit programming, there is a certain mystique (the infamous “black box”) regarding the metcon (metabolic conditioning) workouts.
We all know that a “Deadlift 1-1-1-1-1-1-1” WOD (Workout of the Day) is a strength workout and that “Run 10K” (everybody’s favorite!) is an aerobic workout. However, one of my favorite quotes from the CrossFit philosophy is Greg Glassman’s injunction to “strive to blur distinctions between ‘cardio’ and strength training. Nature has no regard for this distinction.”
But how does CrossFit blur this distinction given that strength/power training and cardiovascular training are at different ends of the power spectrum? More simply put, when you do “Grace” or “Fran” or “Angie” or even “Linda,” what kind of training are you doing? Is it power, strength, or cardio? Can they be combined? To what extent do they overlap? Obviously, they in fact do, and this is one of CrossFit’s huge contributions to fitness, but it flies in the face of much of the accepted knowledge in exercise science. How does it work? What are the mechanisms? These are complex questions and the answers depend on many factors.
Brought to You by Athlete Daily — You can never have enough good ab exercises in your repertoire, and like any other muscle group in the body it’s good to mix things up. Today’s tip comes in the form of a beautifully painful ab accessory workout you can easily do before or after class.
7/20 – 7/27: 2017 Senior Pan Ams (Miami, FL)
7/29: Unbroken Games Summer Slam (Waco, TX)
8/1: The CrossFit Games (Madison, WI)
9/8 – 9/10 – USA Functional Fitness National Championships (Colorado Springs, CO)