Nerding out

Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:

15 foot rope climb, one ascent

10 Ring dips

20 Wall ball shots, 20 lb ball

Two times for Santa Monica College Track tonight!  6:30 and 7:30 pm!

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Martina, Frank, and Diso Hawaiian shot!

It is impossible to thrive in CrossFit and not have the rest of your life significantly impacted.  From work performance to accomplishing daily tasks to surprising yourself in unknown ways, every facet of your life outside the gym experiences some sort of upward change.  Some people are able to stay focused longer at work (or want to take naps earlier), while some experience increased capacity/strength/cardio in their given sport, and in ways that do not make sense mechanically or metabolically.

Some of you may know that before I came to CrossFit, I was a competitive rope climber and self taught Olympic Lifter.  You haven’t heard about it because it’s an old dying sport, but still a great test of upper body speed and strength.  The rules in rope climbing were:  20 foot height, start with butt and feet on the ground, no legs, Go.  My best time before CrossFit was 6.6 seconds (world class times were 2.9 to 3.1 seconds).  But when I had to leave for school, I couldn’t do CF and rope climbing at the same time and I had to make a choice.  So I left rope climbing and decided to see what, if any effect CF would have on my time.  After about 5 months of CrossFit, with no rope climbing outside of the WOD, I came back and tried again with regulation rules.  My time, with crappier technique (is ‘crappier’ a word?) was a faster 5.7 seconds.  CrossFit worldwide has thousands of these stories.  We would love to hear yours.

Also, because I get curious once in a while, what books are you guys reading, and why?  I’m on “Deep Survival” by Laurence Gonzales and re-reading the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.  It never occured to me that what lies beneath who lives or dies could be so rich with study, and I find Mr. Asimovs fictional science of psycho history fascinating.

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