Friday 081310 – Pot luck

We’re coming up on the last week of the Paleo Challenge – from my count at least 33 of our original 39 competitors are still going strong!  How’s everybody doing?  Tell us how things are going and your plans for the last week in comments!

Our good friend Will's moving away - Will is an Army CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Pilot and he's moving to Georgia to join Special Operations Command. Good luck Will, stay safe and thanks for your service; stop in whenever you're in town!

Make-up CrossFit Total, OR:

Make-up Cindy, OR if you did both of these benchmarks this week:

AMRAP in 20 Minutes of: 30 Box Jumps, 30 Double-unders, 10 Ring Dips

CrossFit total has the highest priority, then Cindy.

The below text is an excerpt from CrossFit founder Greg Glassman explaining this thoughts on CrossFit’s relationship with sport specific training on the CrossFit message board, great stuff! (note-GPP stands for General Physical Preparedness):

For the record: If you want to get at snowboarding, you’ll have to snowboard. If you want to get good at tennis, you’ll have to play tennis. If you want to get good at Jiu-jitsu, you’ll have to do jiu-jitsu. If you want to get good at baseball you’ll have to play baseball. If you want to get good at swimming, you’ll have to swim. If you want to be good at playing the violin, you’ll have to play the violin. If you want to get good at chess, you’ll have to play chess. If you want to get good at physics, you’ll have to do physics. If you want to get good at X, you’ll have to do X. I sincerely hope a pattern has emerged here that the likes of Poliquin can wrap themselves around.

Here’s what we know about CrossFit, GPP, sport training, and athletic development:

• GPP is the most underdeveloped and neglected aspect of athletic training, especially in elite athletes.

• CrossFit produces an unmatched GPP in novice, intermediate, and advanced athletes regardless of their prior training and sport.

• Every athlete we’ve worked with, from Olympic medalists, to UFC legends, has some glaring chink in his/her GPP, and it takes, at most two hours, two sessions, on average to find these chinks.

• Fixing these chinks, these deficiencies, has immediate benefit within your sport and very often in ways not quite obvious mechanically and perhaps metabolically. For instance, more pull-ups makes for better skiing and skiers. Upper body pushing-movements makes for better rowing and rowers. Anaerobic training is a boon to endurance athletes.

• There’s greater margin for improving performance in elite athletes, where the margins of victory are very tight, improving GPP with CrossFit than can be garnered through additional sport specific training.

• “CrossFit produces a “ready-state” from which more advanced or sport specific training becomes very efficient.” – Mark Twight

• CrossFit, will for many sports reduce the total training volume, reduce training injuries, and allow more time for vital sport specific skills and drills.

• CrossFit is more fun and seems more athletic to experienced athletes than does traditional GPP.

• CrossFit has athletes improving their fitness for years beyond, to levels significantly beyond, traditional GPP.

• Sport training and physiology are not so well understood that highly specialized strength and conditioning routines are optimally effective.

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