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February 27, 2017

OBE – Overcome By Events

Since the calendar turned 2017, I’ve been actively engaged at work.  For the last 8 years or so, I’ve written a daily post about CrossFit.  In the last month or so, I’ve been lucky to have written anything at all.  CrossFit stuff, anyway.  I will tell you, I spend all day writing.

As I type, I’m reminded of 17.1.  It’s hard not to be reminded of it – the tightness in my back is a constant reminder!  17.1 was the grunty-est of grunt workouts we have seen in the Open.  Ever.  2 new movements for the Open, the first time we used dumbbell’s, all in a monstrosity of a workout.

When it posted, I thought – cool.  We do that stuff.  Even before they announced DB, we went through periods of using them over the years.  We actually do Burpee Box Jumps from time to time, and we certainly do Burpees and Box Jumps on the reg.

CrossFit even used a timing method CFO uses nearly everyday – a timed workout with a cap.  I have always preferred the task priority workout, especially since the Open kind of became AMRAP practice.  Working for time allows for the “only way out is through approach” as opposed to, “you’re going to suffer for 15 minutes, you probably need to pace” approach.

Basically, in one workout, we have seen the Open expand before our very eyes.  This stuff has been building over the years, but new movements, equipment, and more leave the playing field open for nearly anything.  Which makes the training methodology and the sport more exciting.

In my mind, one of the things the DB really does it limit the skill level.  My Instagram feed is filled with folks snatching big weights beautifully.  People can walk on their hands across football fields and easily hit double digits on Muscleups.  How do you expose weaknesses?  Give people the physical equivalent of digging a deep ditch or snow shoveling a really long driveway.

Workout of the Day


60 Doubleunders

40 Air Squats

20 Calorie Row (or 10 Cal on Assault Bike)

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