Big dogs & Met heads

CrossFit Games Men's Champ Matthew Fraser took 1st place in the trail run, 2nd place in the clean pyramid and 2nd on Double DT. His 23rd place on the Deadlift Ladder (with a still-impressive 505 pound deadlift) was by far his lowest ranking. 

CrossFit Games Men's Champ Matthew Fraser took 1st place in the trail run, 2nd place in the clean pyramid and 2nd on Double DT. His 23rd place on the Deadlift Ladder (with a still-impressive 505 pound deadlift) was by far his lowest ranking. 

When you hear the words "CrossFit workout" what do you think? Could be it's either;  "Oh, joy, oh, rapture, low-bar back squat singles! I can hardly wait!" or, "Hot dog! Murph is my favorite!"

Whichever you are, you're right, that's CrossFit.

And you're wrong, that's not CrossFit at all.

Let me explain. CrossFit by definition is a strength and conditioning program. Sometimes called GPP, General Physical Preparedness, also known as able to do anything pretty darn well. You can love heavy lifting all you want to, you can be the little metcon engine that could to your heart's content. And, Yes, we who can't do one of those things as well as you do are very impressed. Very. But until you start showing up with your +400# deadlift on the day we do Helen or stop whining about "not getting a good workout" on heavy front squat day we - those of us non-specialists who do our best to do it all - are going to stay underwhelmed. 

"Sour grapes!", you say. "You're just mad you don't have a 250 pound 1 rep thruster/6:30 mile/2 minute Fran/90 minute half marathon/[insert your specialty here]." Yeah, you're right, I am disappointed to not be able to do any of those things. But I'm really, really glad to be able to do 80% of all those things. Know why? 'Cause I'm in a CrossFit program. I'm not a powerlifter or distance runner or competitive gymnast.

I am CrossFit. Join me, won't you?

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