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“Ideas do not bleed”

Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia.


Mobility Session

3-5 Rounds NOT for Time:
10 Pistols
5 Turkish Get-ups ea. Arm
10 Good Morning w/ band on rack
5 Wall Walks
10 Hollow Rocks

“One of the biggest pitfalls in a ‘movement’ is the temptation to get cultish about it and refuse to realize that it is only part of the picture.”
-Joel Salatin in Folks, This Ain’t Normal

We have to be willing to constantly evolve our paradigm.  This is especially true in nutrition and fitness because they are such nascent subjects that have not received the scientific rigor due them.  We are constantly learning about energy pathways, insulin regulation, and whether a starch is safe or not among many other things.  We do not have all of the answers right now.  But I would argue that we are on to something.

If we didn’t believe that what we were offering was the best of the current fitness and nutrition models, we would not have moved out of the garage and began this grand experiment.  But we also understand that we are just a speck in the timeline.  Information will evolve, and so must our hypotheses.  If you have been around Ktown long enough you have seen it in our fish oil recommendations, recovery means, stance on carbohydrate intake for certain populations, hip position for the initial pull of the clean, head position in a deadlift, and various other coaching points and advice.  I am still waiting for the information to come across my desk telling me that pizza and beer will get me the life and longevity I want…

So remember that when telling people about what it is you do.  We all receive questions about our lifestyle, particularly if we have made drastic changes recently.  Do not try to proselytize to them stating this is the only way.  Tell them what you do, how hard it is, and how it may not be for everyone.  Don’t get down on someone because all they do is walk in the evenings or do yoga three times a week.  The growing obesity problem and related health and economic concerns that looms ever wider over us was not created or perpetuated by those people.  It is the person sitting at a desk all day drinking Cokes and then going home in the evening to sit on the couch all night drinking beer.  You can be hard on those people.  ;)

We very often see this kind of discord in the Paleo community (although it is not uncommon in the CrossFit community either), where their one way is the right and only way.  This kind of absolutist thinking is a plague (for which it purports to be the cure?).  Rarely are answers to such complex questions so simple.  Be wary of the person unwilling to consider another view or to evolve their current principles.  I know I am weary of those people.

And so yet another post that was just going to be a quote has morphed in to a screed,
Coach G

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:29+00:00 October 5th, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|3 Comments


  1. G8r Dave October 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    “To a man good with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” We must acknowledge that there are many tools to achieve health, which is the ultimate outcome.

    We can’t help it if we have the best tools. We must repress our smugness. Just kidding. Not really.

  2. braers October 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran…..

    Oh, sorry.

  3. JK October 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Great post, G. If only all people held this perspective with regards to all topics, the world would be a much better place.

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