Workout of the Day
30 Clean and Jerks (135/95lb)
Grace, or any of the high rep, olympic lift CrossFit conditioning workouts are often the unfortunate whipping boy of the CrossFit haters. The concept that we would rush any sort of complex lift is blasphemy, a recipe for injury and the relegation of hard earned engrams for the pursuit of “fitness” just doesn’t resonate with the purists.
The key to steering this discussion in your favor is the admission that we as CrossFit-doin-types don’t take any discipline of fitness as the purists do. We want to spend time on all manner of fitness endeavors, we exclude nothing (save bicep curls), and to spend too much time on any one thing — as the runner might encourage you to do, or olympic lifter — would be to ignore other elements of fitness and that simply won’t do.
This is not to say that we can’t get better at something like Olympic lifting simply by doing CrossFit. No sir.
Two years ago some fool posted on CrossFit.com’s message board that he believed none of the top level CrossFit athletes could total over 200kg in an olympic meet (best effort on the Snatch and C&J). He was wrong. Shortly after the post there was a CrossFit & Oly lifting hybrid event where CF athletes from around the World came to test their ability against the specialists. The numbers were impressive to say the least, even the pundits were surprised at the capability of some of our best athletes.
Here’s the point: most of the criticism is inflated. Are you leaning out? Getting stronger? Running faster? Looking good in your birthday suit? If so, then ignore all the BS.
Next Level Invitational 2012
Come out this Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 to Aliso Viejo High School (28000 Wolverine Way Aliso Viejo, CA 92656) to support our CFCM athletes in the last event of the Iron Will Series.