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Old 01-08-2010, 05:50 AM   #41
Darryl Shaw
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But that's what CF sells; the dream of being a Spartan, and a methodology which manifestly seems to get people there. A methodology which works well enough with untrained populations to produce striking changes in short order - changes that are striking enough to convince CFers that if they themselves did have enough focus, grit, time, dedication etc., that they would be Spartans. And that not being that is a choice, more than a fact of genetics.
What did crossfitters want to be before 300 came out?
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:06 AM   #42
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_%28film%29 (wfs)
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Old 01-08-2010, 12:24 PM   #43
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Greg Amundson.
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:00 PM   #44
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Do the guys like Amundson get that way doing X-fit? My impression is that the icons of X-fit all did and still do considerably more than the WOD or its equivalent.
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:38 PM   #45
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I am not aware of any of well known CrossFit athletes (Speal, Everret, Amundson) who were not very conditioned athletes before doing CrossFit (I believe everyone of them participated in NCAA athletics, except Kalipa) Kalipa is the only one I know. OPT played national level soccer up north (or so I heard on CF Radio.)

But, said another way, no one currently at the top of the CF totem poll was a regular guy, before finding CF.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:43 AM   #46
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My question goes beyond what their backgrounds were when the showed up as X-fitters. It is, what do they now do to maintain strength and conditioning? My impression is that they rely on more that X-fits WODs, but I don't know. It seems that you don't get to be an elite X-fitter by simply doing X-fit.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:00 AM   #47
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You could search the internet for the training program on each athlete, I would bet less then 25% are following the dot com WOD. Most, I bet, are doing a mix of periodization of strength training, general metabolic conditioning and specific skill work in the "known CF moves, like muscle-up, wall balls, double unders, etc."

Greg Amundson has stated he does the dot com WOD for his training and continues to set PR's in the "benchmarks" after 8 years. This is based on info from the CF Journal. But, interpret this how you will, for me, this means that after 8 years of doing Fran....well you are better at Fran.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:03 AM   #48
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Got certs? The June 2009 - June 2010 Lv1 CrossFit Certification calendar:

I probably missed a few somewhere along the line, and there were a few that I never saw listed as sold out (though they might have done it by the time the date arrived), but the above list is pretty complete.
And yes, I'm actually holding that handstand. Get on my level.
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