Three Bullet Thursday 2/25/16

Swiped from Tim Ferris’s 5-Bullet Friday, I’m doing my own Three Bullet Thursday. These are 3 things I’m thinking about this week:

1. Favorite Quote from my tea bag this week:
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. FullSizeRender

2. Product that caught my eye:
The Natural Grip” from Rogue Fitness.natural-grips-web1I’ve always been appalled when people (CrossFitters) post pictures of their torn hands with pride. Really? Who wants torn hands? I think you should prevent tears, so I teach any of our athletes that do high rep kipping pull ups, toes to bar, or muscle ups how to properly and effectively tape their hands for tear-prevention. Well it looks like Rogue has created a 100% cotton ‘natural grip’ that works just like the tape job I teach my athletes. I don’t do all that kipping anymore and have no need for them, but if you buy a pair, please let me know how they work. They look good.

3. Blog Post that had me shaking my head YES!:
Shana Alverson’s ‘Why Not CrossFit?…’ piece on why she re-branded her gym. As I read her post, I almost felt I was reading something I myself had written, particularly these parts:

In 2007, CrossFit was pretty much unheard of….When someone asked me what I did for a living, and I told them I owned a CrossFit affiliate, invariably they would ask me “What’s CrossFit?” and I would have the opportunity to explain to them (or try to explain LOL) what we did. The types of folks that worked out with us in the early days were extremely diverse, not only in body type, age and level of fitness but in an emotional/psychological way. They came in with no expectations, were given great coaching and many of them are still with us, 8 years later!

I’m not sure when that started to change — and this is a nebulous change that is impossible to nail down to one particular factor  — but at some point it started to feel like CrossFit WAS the CrossFit Games. Along with the broadcast of the CrossFit Games on ESPN, and the pressure to get all of your gym members to sign up for the Open, it became difficult to distinguish between CrossFit for fitness and CrossFit Games training. Don’t get me wrong, I do think there’s room for a healthy amount of competition in the gym. When one of us raises the bar, many more will rise to meet it and that is one of the things I love about the CrossFit method. However, there is a nugget of truth in some of the negative attention that CrossFit has received. Irresponsible affiliate owners, with not enough coaching experience and WAY too much gung-ho-ness for the Sport of Fitness, do irreparable damage by neglecting to educate themselves and their members about the importance of moving well and instead prioritizing “intensity” and “winning the workout.”

The more popular CrossFit became, the more the name began to come along with associations that have been difficult to overcome, speaking as a business owner…At some point over the last 3 or 4 years, when someone asks me what I do for work, and I tell them I own a CrossFit gym, the responses are no longer open-minded and curious. Nearly 100% of the responses are along the lines of “Oh my gosh, be careful. CrossFit is dangerous. Everyone gets injured doing CrossFit. …Not only that, the ones who HAVE heard of CrossFit, who DO like the idea of it based on its reputation, come in expecting us to be something like what they’ve heard about – and, well, we’re just not….Read the whole piece here.

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Shana Alverson, four-time CF Games athlete, explains why she rebranded her gym.