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Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees


Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees


4 rounds:

wallball 2fer1 x 1min
double-unders x 1min
Rest 2 minutes
* We deviated from the mainsite today to save everyone’s legs for a solid 11.5 performance:)

The Erg WOD starts tomorrow!  We’ve limited it to six people until the new ergs arrive on Wednesday!

Yea Tyrone!

Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees

This past weekend I did something that I haven’t done in years. I read a women’s health magazine. Read is actually an exaggeration. I glanced over each page and thanks to the fact that the magazine has obviously figured out that its readers don’t read every line, all the important bits of information were printed in highlighted text.

As I read through the pages I couldn’t help but feel thankful that I have found a way to eat and stay fit that doesn’t revolve around calories, toning, body image, gimmicks, or small insignificant recommendations for fitness. I also couldn’t help feel that the state of US health and fitness is losing sight of the forest through the trees.

Here’s just a sample of the highlighted text I read through:

Cover Titles:
Tight Tush, Toned Thighs, Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth the Guilt-Free Way, and Boost Your Body Image

Inside, insignificant recommendations for improved fitness:
– A 1.0 incline will simulate a flat surface and help you burn more calories (on the treadmill)
– Moving from you lower body to your upper body and then to your core keeps your heart pumping extra hard.
– Which socks are the best to workout in for which exercise (like it’s that hard to figure out)

Will a slightly bigger incline really make a difference in the calories you’re burning if you still go and eat a ClifBar afterward?  Will choosing the right socks really improve your ability to run if you still only do it once a week?

It’s easy to criticize but this concept can be applied to us CrossFitters as well.

We worry about concocting the perfect recovery meal when we’re still eating nutritional bombs like grains and ice cream. We are quick to switch into our Oly shoes when we still have problems squatting through our heels in an air squat. We ignore any possibility for a need for a true rest day when we haven’t slept for more than five hours in each of the past three nights and our workouts have been crap.

We’re human. We want it all but sometimes in wanting it all we focus on the nitty gritty and don’t address the big picture items – we lose sight of the forest for the trees.

And what is our forest?  It’s CrossFit’s founder Greg Glassman’s definition of World Class Fitness is 100 Words:

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports. (Source)
~Greg Glassman

Have you ever lost the sight of the forest for the trees in your training?  Post to comments.

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