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Friday, 9-27-2013

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Friday, 9-27-2013

Happy Birthday Weezy & Momma Anna!!!
 
 
 Workout of the Day
Power Snatch  3-3-3-3
then
21-15-9
KB Swings 70/55
CTB Pull-ups
Box Jumps 24″/20″
Post your scores to the Whiteboard.
 
NEW OLYMPIC LIFTING & COMPETITOR TRAINING STARTING SOON!  Stay tuned to email.
 
“The Article That We All Want to Kick in the Teeth”
 
Oh boy, I just had to have a glass of Glenlivet to settle myself for this one.  Perhaps to calm myself down?  Or to truly speak my mind? You be the judge….
 
Earlier today I took a dose of the latest CrossFit hater-ade: “CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret” on the Huffington Post.  Many of you have read it and it has flooded my inbox and Facebook over the past couple days. Before reading it I thought, “Ok here we go – another article about how we’re a bunch of punch drinkers or that CrossFit is so dangerous.”  However, this article takes the latter to an entirely different level which really pushed some buttons with me and with others in the CrossFit community.  Succinctly stated in the video interview and article, the author states that CrossFit can kill you via Rhabdomyolysis and that those engaged are unknowingly at risk. 
 
I will let the article explain the horrors of Rhabdo.  For the record and for your security, we have had no serious cases of Rhabdo at ACF during our 3+ years of existence.  I only mention “serious” because we have had very few cases of muscle strain which have taken the extra couple days to heal (such as strained brachialis’ from pull-ups and abdominals from first-time GHD sitter-uppers – and these are from non-outrageously high rep workouts).   Factors like dehydration, stress, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition also contribute to extremity inflammation, thus contributing to the chance of developing Rhabdo.  Sadly, the article does nothing to provide the reader with preventive measures.
 
Before I go further, you are receiving your fitness advice from this guy.  Ok actually, Mr Robertson is a very well educated Assistant Professor at Regis University which is a stone throw from Alpine…but he’s not a CrossFitter.  Why? Because his Twitter feed has no mention of thrusters, Reebok, Garret Fisher’s hair, or smashing Fran.  I would LOVE to introduce Mr Robertson to a CrossFit facility with solid programming, safety, and scaling for individual skill and fitness levels while balancing intensity and volume and put all of this AT THE HIGHEST OF PRIORITIES!!!  (Which is not just us by the way, but SO MANY great gyms that encompass this community)
 
Rhabdo is NOT a secret in the community.  One highlight from my 2008 CrossFit Level 1 Certification was Chris Spealler lecturing about the dangers of high volume eccentric body weight movements.  We all agree there is risk associated with the stimulus from CrossFit but you’re more likely to have a rhino maul you to death on your way to Alpine than die from Rhabdo.  I ensure your ACF coaches are well aware of Rhabdo and its causes and preventions.  
 
I am truly proud of my profession and constructing a facility and community that we can ALL be proud of.  Therefore, I obviously take this scrutiny from someone (who I speculate has never even heard of this sport until their colleague was injured) very personally.  I apologize if this rant was unexpected, Alpine members; however, I need to answer your questions and concerns.  I also cannot sit quietly and let the media scrutinize what I have dedicated my life to.
 
Please read the article for yourselves.  Please also read, “Secret” Rhabdo which is a critique and rebuttal of the article we shall not mention anymore.
 
Signed,
Robby Z (I wish I had some alphabet soup after my name but I’m really just a man who loves barbells, hard work, and helping people achieve so many things they never thought were possible via CrossFit methods)
 
 We will be doing the “Bring Sally Up” Rich Froning CrossFit Challenge during tomorrow’s 8:00am WOD.  We can scale to air squats and PVC =)
 

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