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Dunbar’s Number, again.

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Dunbar’s Number, again.



Hang Clean + Split Jerk: Build to heavy single, 95%x1, 90%x1

High Bar Pause Squat: 3×3 w/ 5 sec pause in absolute bottom

MetCon – For Time:
500m Row
40 Toes to Bar
400m Run
40 V-ups
500m Row

I remember when the blog existed as a larger percentage of my priority.  Now there is all this business stuff to handle and more and more members joining our ranks.  So I will be making another repost tonight.  I guess when you put up so much good quality content on the blog in the first couple of years, you are allowed to ride the momentum a bit.  So in my desperate search for a post on hook gripping I came across this old gem.  It fits perfectly with Monday night’s post on growing, space, et cetera.  Here we go…

First off, we need to get another backpacking trip together.  Can I get a holla if you’re interested?  Holla, and to my main point…

As we continue to grow our numbers here at CrossFit Ktown, we must keep our goals not just in sight, but within reach for constant reminder.  Miss J spoke about the Fun Theory we employ on a daily basis at the gym (as well as our lives).  But we need to take it a step further.  Not only are we looking to have fun, but we are looking to build relationships that border on familial.  Let’s talk about why we’re in the relationship building business.

1) It makes it a lot easier to come to the gym daily and fail at the limits of our physical capacity if we’re doing it in front of people we feel comfortable around.  Not only are we comfortable looking silly or crashing and burning, but we also care about one another so that then helps build each other back up.  Friends will help you get back on the horse.

B) As a new person walking in to the gym for the first time, I would want to see smiling faces, hear laughter, and recognize hard work being done.  However, I would not like it if I were standing on the periphery without anyone noticing me or introducing themselves.  I like that all of you have always gone out of your way to say hello to the newcomers.  Let us not get complacent though.  As there are more and more people in the gym it is easier to say to yourself, “Well, there’s a new person, but I don’t really need to say hello because there are 15 other people in this class with me.  Let them introduce themselves.  I’m all the way across the gym!”  Don’t be that person.  If you don’t know someone, go say hey and ask what their Fran time is!

III) Are you building financial equity by paying in to a mortgage or something similar?  Isn’t it nice to know you can calculate your real estate equity and know exactly its worth?  How is your social equity though?  I like to think of CrossFit Ktown as another means of building social equity.  We have bankers, investors, physicians, teachers, marketers, salespeople, comedians, small business owners, students, couples both married and dating, singles, and people with connections all over the place.  By becoming a part of the Ktown family you are growing your social equity.  Now you have a contractor you can call upon when the need arises, or maybe you will receive that special CrossFit Ktown discount from Avanti Savoia.  Maybe you just need a hand digging a new field line for your septic tank (call Taylor Layman).  If you need an introduction to someone in Knoxville, chances are Ktown is your connection.

Last) This one is not really a point, think of it more like a call to action.  I know there is a limit to intimate group size of around 12.  But based on neocortex diameter and some handy primatologist science, humans have a maximum mean group size of about 150.  This means that you can recognize the function and place of another human in your group size up to around 150 people.  If the upper limit of human social cohesiveness is roughly 150, we should not have any problem befriending and conversing with every member of the gym.  I hear all you dissenters with your eye focused on the future murmuring, “But G, what do we do when we reach 150.”  Well, at such a time, I will change the science to fit my needs.

Until then, happy conversing.

Friend first, coach second (most of the time),

P.S. – I am currently working to find a good alternative to Dunbar’s Number so as to make the science fit my needs.

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:36+00:00 June 14th, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|8 Comments


  1. L Shizzle June 14, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I ain’t no Holla back girl, but Holla. Always down for some hiking or biking, wait I’m starting to get personal ad sounding.

  2. G8r Dave June 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Great post. “More than a gym” is a succint way to say much the same thing, mand I am glad that is the phrase on our shirts, blog, etc.

    “More than a gym” (MTAG)t is both a statement and a goal. We are MTAG especially to the veterans (Salute to the OG from CFKT 1.0) whom have come to put CFKT near the center of their Venn Diagram of life. We also must remain, become, be MTAG to the new members. They think they are coming in for the fitness, the training, the conditioning. What goobers…just like we were when we first walked in. If you have done any drop-ins at other CF gyms, you know what it is, the intangible sense that this is a community. Some gyms you feel that, others are cold, impersonal, bars and plates and inno-v8s, but no soul. Let that never be said about CFKT:MTAG.

  3. samantha June 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    definitely a good sub for a hook grip post.

  4. Ben June 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Im hooked….

    plus thanks for the shout out!

  5. Rise Up June 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    First I would like to say Holla! 2nd there is some talk of a Cades Cove moonlight ride on Saturday June 30th.

  6. Braers June 15, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Changing the science to fit your needs: making people rich since the dawn of time.

  7. L Shizzle June 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Dang it James, I wanna ride with yall but i got something that evening and night

  8. Dougie June 15, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Thank you for using my 1.B. alternating bullet idea. Glad it’s spreading.

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