CrossFit Is Too Hard (Wed 9/22/10)

By September 21, 2010CFMC Blog Archives

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From now on at the gym, there will be no more coaching of any of the movements, no more telling anyone to get deeper in their squat or to throw the wallballs higher. I won’t be telling anyone to lock out their arms overhead or to pull their chins over the bar, and Danielle won’t be telling you to stay back on your heels or to get your chest all the way to the floor. We won’t be yelling for you to go faster or telling you to stop resting and keep moving. If you want a better Fran time or higher Fight Gone Bad score, just ask for it and I’ll give it to you. Danielle will tell everyone that she saw you deadlift [insert ridiculous amount of weight here] like it was nothing, that you can run a mile in less than 4 minutes and can row 2000m in under 6 minutes.

From this point forward, your experience at the gym will be centered around ease and comfort, and workouts that used to start with a loud BEEP and end in a sweating heap of panting and exhaustion will now begin with a calm breeze blowing through a wind chime and end with a nap in a La-Z-Boy.

Yep, it sounds ridiculous because it is. Walking around telling someone you have a 2:00 Fran time or a 600lb deadlift isn’t nearly as cool as actually having a 2:00 Fran time or a 600lb deadlift. And you don’t get either of those things by not squatting to full depth every time, not locking out overhead, or by shortcutting your way to bragging rights. The only way to get there is to do what your coach is telling you, bust your ass day in and day out, and demand more of yourself than anyone else ever would. And none of that happens while you’re asleep in the La-Z-Boy.


5 Heavy Turkish Get-ups (each hand)


3 Rounds for time of:

20 Kettlebell Thrusters (16kg/12kg)
25 Pullups
30 Double-Unders


10 Windmills (each hand)

  • daniel.zaudtke

    I have a 2-min Fran and a 600lb deadlift.

  • Oliver

    Time for double under glory!

  • Dave

    It sucks not being the best in the gym. It sucks even more when the best person is a girl.

  • daniel.zaudtke

    I just got better at Fran. I actually do it so fast, I go backwards in time.

  • ladybug724

    If you’re craving carbs, here’s a recipe for Paleo Spaghetti that is supposed to help. I’m going to try it later this week.

    Paleo Spaghetti

    Ingredients for sauce:
    1 lb ground beef
    1 small onion, chopped
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 T extra virgin olive oil
    1 14 oz can diced or crushed fire roasted tomatoes
    1 8 oz can tomato sauce
    2 tsp dried oregano
    pinch of dried rosemary, optional
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
    1 tsp sea salt
    Heat the olive oil and brown the ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium heat. Add all the remaining ingredients. Bring to a bubble, partially cover and simmer on low heat for 35 minutes.

    Ingredients for “noodles”:
    1 medium spaghetti squash
    Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Put in a microwave safe container, cover, and cook on high for 10 minutes in the microwave. Leave covered for 10 minutes. Remove squash and string with a fork.
    If you don’t want to use the microwave (this is one of the few things I actually microwave because it’s so much easier than the alternative), I would recommend steaming over roasting for this particular dish.