Workout of the Day:
7 rounds for time of:
3 x Power Cleans (as heavy as you can)
Wall-to-Wall Suicide Runs
(Inspired by K-Star at San Francisco CrossFit)
Confessions of a Fitness Whore
Written by C.J. Martin
I am a fitness whore. You should be too.
I am a true believer in CrossFit and its benefits for individuals of all fitness levels. I have seen kids, elderly persons, and top-level athletes thrive on CrossFit programming. But CrossFit is not the only domain from which I learn movements, coaching cues and methods. Strength and conditioning coaches like Mike Roberston, Eric Cressey, Mike Boyle, Mark Verstegen, Gray Cook, Stuart McGill and Gary Gray, to mention a few, have had a profound impact on the fitness industry and have informed much of what we do at CrossFit Invictus. The aforementioned coaches specialize in or delve deeply into areas not frequently explored or expanded upon in CrossFit certifications or publications. Their concepts on diagnosing dysfunction and restoring mobility have been immensely helpful, and these topics should be paramount concerns of any strength and conditioning coach. In my mind, I would be doing my clients a disservice if I didn’t study these coaches and utilize their best methods.
Does that make me a whore? Maybe. Does it make me disloyal to CrossFit? Absolutely not. In fact, I would respectively suggest that any CrossFit trainer out there who is not studying these individuals (or other similarly significant strength and conditioning coaches) is actively stifling CrossFit’s advancement and growth. The CrossFit community was built around the open-source model. Playing with ideas, adopting what works and throwing out what doesn’t is the very heart of the CrossFit way. Does it matter that Mike Boyle has criticized some of CrossFit’s methods? Nope. I don’t have to agree with everything the guy says to respect what he does well. My job is to provide the members of my community with the best coaching possible. To do that I need to have an awareness and a critical eye for any methods that will elicit the fitness results we are looking to obtain. In short, I need to get around and not just sleep with my CrossFit Journal.
So here is my advice to CrossFit coaches, read the following resources religiously: the CrossFit Journal, CrossFit Kids Journal, the Performance Menu, San Francisco CrossFit Blog, Robb Wolf’s Blog, CrossFit NorCal’s Blog, CrossFit Balboa’s Blog and the Affiliate Blog. But don’t stop there! Also read the blogs and publications of the coaches mentioned above and any other you see referenced in respectable articles. You can never have too much information.
With that said, I need more resources. I gave you my short list above, but who am I omitting that provides great content? Tell me who you read.