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“Mary”
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Handstand Push-ups
10 One legged squats, alternating
15 Pull-ups

The Cornice at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. A 10 foot drop into some double black terrain.

Functional Fitness

Ever thought about how all this CrossFit stuff transfers to real life?  Sure it makes us fit and look good but how do deadlifts and squats and pull-ups help us in our everyday lives of work, and family, and recreation?

A few years ago I was in Kirkwood Mountain Resort in California skiing with my brother Trevor.  It was the first time we had been skiing/snowboarding together and after a few days on the mountain he announced that he was taking me up Chair 6 to the cornice. The cornice is an overhanging ridge of snow, the one at Kirkwood is about 10 feet tall.

Standing atop the cornice, Trevor stated that I could totally snowboard this run, all I had to do was drop into the cornice. Basically, I would just climb over the edge, hang from the wall, and drop in – rather than jumping off the cornice into the run. I was skeptical but game.

I climbed over the wall and stood on a ledge where I immediately decided, “no way in hell.”  I announced this to Trevor who then told me there was no way I could get out of it now and that I had to just go for it.

I then told Trevor to stand on the edge where I then proceeded to grab his ankles and do a (weighted, w/ my board and boots) pull-up – pulling myself right out of the situation.

You never know when your fitness will come in handy.

When has it come in handy for you?  Post to comments.