Monday, January 5, 2009
No Shirts, No Shoes No Service
Deadlift 5x5 and Tabata Kettlebell snatches
45lbs x 5 x 2 sets
135 x 5
190 x 3
245 x 2
290 x 5 x 5 sets
Tabata Kettlebell Snatches 10, 10, 10, 10, 8, 8, 8, 6,
I was not happy with this performance, leading up to the TSC (Tacticle Strength Challenge) I could hold 11's for 10 intervals. On a positive note atleast there is lots of room for improvement.
So this morning, because it was a heavy lift i did it at the military base gym instead of crossfit London. I was deadlifting with my shoes off and a out of shape and overweight fitness staff member told me to put my shoes back on. I get nothing but problems when I workout at that gym (yes I know I break the rules Steve and damage their cheap floor with my kettlebell) BUT it is just my inner desire to try and motivate the civilian fitness staff to try Crossfit or "drink the koolaide." Correct me if I'm wrong but Greg Glassman (founder and mastermind of Crossfit), opened Crossfit to the public via the world wide web in 2001 motivated by 9/11 so that he could give a fitness program to military personel which prepared them better for the physical demands of combat. Did it catch on? Well one way to find out is to look at the elite...the Navy Seals have completely adopted the Crossfit program and the Marines are close. Infact, the Crossfit community is raising money through Operation Phoenix to outfit the Marine Core with equipment. In my opinion, if you are military of police and you are not doing crossfit, you are wasting your time. You can spend less time and get stronger and more fit faster with crossfit and there will be a lower injury rate. (this is all proven if anyone wants citations just ask) This allows more time for crucial job training. So, it frustrates me that civilian fitness staff with their fancy degrees in exercise science and kinesiology cannot even define true fitness or are not striving for it themselves. The Canadian military is slowly adopting crossfit, mainly in back corners withing infantry battalions and Special Forces Units. We need to give our head a shake and wake up, stop worrying about how nice the gym looks and if I have a shirt or shoes on and start preparing our soldiers more for the intense conditions and physical demands of combat.