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Old 03-22-2010, 07:41 PM   #11
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I'm at the tail end of recovering from pneumonia for time. Right now I'm the World Record Holder. Still no posting on this page yet.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:04 PM   #12
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Everything is CrossFit. Went for a jog today? CF. Tossed a baseball? CF. Heck, CF even invented the pushup.


Spealler is still cool in my book though.
For what it's worth, Spealler talked about his strength work (except for the back squat), as "constantly varied" and assuming he's doing it at a "high intensity" using "functional movements" that's basically the definition of CrossFit right there.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:29 PM   #13
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For what it's worth, Spealler talked about his strength work (except for the back squat), as "constantly varied" and assuming he's doing it at a "high intensity" using "functional movements" that's basically the definition of CrossFit right there.
So, by the all-inclusive definition of CF, then 5/3/1 is CF.

Functional movements, check.

High intensity, check.

Constantly varied? Well, since it is unlikely any final AMRAP set will be exactly like any other set (different reps), and the weights increase each week (different weight), every workout will be "different" than the one before it. Check.

CF's definition of fitness is about as useful as the Weider Principles.

I'll let you tell Wendler that 5/3/1 is CF. While you're at it, you should probably tell Louie Simmons he's doing CF too.
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:38 PM   #14
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Actually, I've decided to combine a couple of Weider Principles to make a new, revolutionary exercise program.

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ECLECTIC TRAINING - Incorporate a diverse selection of variables, such as set, rep and exercise schemes, into your workout.

MUSCLE CONFUSION - Constantly change variables in your workout--number of sets, number of reps, exercise choice, order of exercises, length of your rest periods--to avoid getting in a rut and slowing growth.

PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD - To continue making gains, your muscles need to work harder in a progressive manner from one workout to the next. During most of your training cycle, try to increase your weights each session, do more reps or sets, or decrease your rest periods between sets.
I think if I combined these with John Jesse's "Wrestling Physical Training Encyclopedia", I'd really be onto something.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:25 AM   #15
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For what it's worth, Spealler talked about his strength work (except for the back squat), as "constantly varied" and assuming he's doing it at a "high intensity" using "functional movements" that's basically the definition of CrossFit right there.
Well the Back Squats are not constantly varied as you point out, but he does say he tends to do the Olympic lifts to 80-90% max at least once a week, as well as a heavy metcon at least once a week. So even if he varies a little, it is not random.

I think Spealer is an amazing athlete, the way he throws around 155 in the video is damn impressive for a guy weight 140 or so. I just found it funny that when he talked about his training he would start saying how he tailors it to work around his weaknesses (ie not random) then would kinda look around all startled like and say, "but it is still crossfit". Just seemed forced, but that is my opinion. I think he trains smart and a lot of people, myself included could learn from it, but I also think the level of specialization he does gets away from what crossfit is.

Constantly varied functional movments preformed at high intensity.

That is Crossfit. But if you are tailoring workouts to address your weaknesses they are no longer constantly varied, nor are they necessarily always being preformed at high intensity. Therefore it is not crossfit. So if training for crossfit is no longer best suited by doing crossfit then where does that leave us? What am i missing?
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Well the Back Squats are not constantly varied as you point out, but he does say he tends to do the Olympic lifts to 80-90% max at least once a week, as well as a heavy metcon at least once a week. So even if he varies a little, it is not random.

I think Spealer is an amazing athlete, the way he throws around 155 in the video is damn impressive for a guy weight 140 or so. I just found it funny that when he talked about his training he would start saying how he tailors it to work around his weaknesses (ie not random) then would kinda look around all startled like and say, "but it is still crossfit". Just seemed forced, but that is my opinion. I think he trains smart and a lot of people, myself included could learn from it, but I also think the level of specialization he does gets away from what crossfit is.

Constantly varied functional movments preformed at high intensity.

That is Crossfit. But if you are tailoring workouts to address your weaknesses they are no longer constantly varied, nor are they necessarily always being preformed at high intensity. Therefore it is not crossfit. So if training for crossfit is no longer best suited by doing crossfit then where does that leave us? What am i missing?
You are missing the part where it is much easier and marketable to program randomly. It also sounds sexy. It takes much more expertise to assess an athlete and program efficiently to his demands. It is also much more easier to have group classes if everyone is doing the same thing regardless of their needs. The results might be less than optimal, but you can sidestep that by making the prescription so lax that you can claim the results of people doing it the right way.
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:17 AM   #17
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Regardless of people's opinions on CrossFit, Spealer is one hell of a fit and strong dude for his size. He blew away Khalipa's time and he got a time I wouldn't even get within 5 minutes of - at least... Both of them are very impressive.

There is only one CrossFit and that is .com, the rest are just their interpretations of it, some program effectively and some don't.
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Maybe Spealler is just scared of being thrown out the window (like some other people) for not doing CrossFit.
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Maybe Spealler is just scared of being thrown out the window (like some other people) for not doing CrossFit.
People...kicked out...for disagreeing?! That's MADNESS.

If everything is CF, nothing is CF. You cannot have it both ways.

back to the book.
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back to the book.
How is the book coming? If you don't mind me asking
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