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Warm-Up: CFWU x’s 2, Hip Mobility

MetCon – For Reps:

Tabata Something else

Tabata Pull-ups

Tabata Push-ups

Tabata Sit-ups

Tabata Air Squats

Finisher: 2×10 Straight-Legged DL’s (use 50% of your 5RM)

-Today you will dictate the direction that this post goes. This picture was published in the CrossFit Journal earlier today and I found it rather interesting. For those of you who have access to the Journal and have read the article, you can sit this one out, but for the rest of you I encourage you to take a moment to assess this diagram. I’m sure you remember the classic Venn-Diagram, don’t you?

Use your fundamental geometry knowledge to deduce what this picture implies and interpret it in the comments section. I’m excited to see what you have to say.

Learn me a lesson Ktowners,

Coach CBo

p.s. The best explanation gets a surprise!

By | 2017-04-25T14:39:24+00:00 December 1st, 2010|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|9 Comments


  1. Dave Parmly December 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    If the purpose of fitness is to be able to do what you want to do then what you do to prepare for that must be functional. Since we are blessed with a limitless variety of objects of our desired activities, we need to be comprehensive in our functionality. However, our fundamental nature (as well as the adaptive capacity of our body’s – amzing things God designed – naturally means that we must vary what we do to prepare for our functional work. Mere variety, however, even if along functional lines, is insufficient to develop the volume of our functionality from the present state to the desired state without putting it under pressure, without forcing it to work, for a time, much harder than we could ordinarily.

    Ergo, CF meets all three needs – functionality with varied intensity – to produce the desired state of fitness.

    My .02

  2. Young Buck December 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Knowledge lies with he who can say the most with the least: (Interpretation) All you need is CrossFit.

  3. Brandon December 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I’m not entirely sure I agree with it though. How is gymnastics variable? It’s routines are as practiced and planned as Track and Field events… How are “Team Sports” and “Sports with Opponents” not attached to the “Intense” bubble?

  4. T-Pain December 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Why is Brandon a Debbie Downer? Why isn’t the moon made of barbeque spare ribs? Why can’t we get pandas to mate?…All important questions. None of them relevant to interpreting the diagram.

  5. Rise Up December 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

    The diagram shows that Crossfit incorporates all three aspects of functionality, variance, and intensity, which is the definition of Crossfit, “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement”. The only way to Rise Up to your full potential is to train with Crossfit… Pandas do not mate because they are vegan, only eating bamboo leaves. HEY! Maybe if someone gave them some spare ribs or hot dogs?

  6. Brandon December 2, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Taylor, the diagram is pretty self explanatory. I just said I don’t agree with it.

  7. forrest December 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I dont believe they are attached bc team sports are not always intense. There are practice times which are not intense (or as intense i should say). I would have to agree that that sports w/ opponents or team sports should be placed in the intensity bubble to some degree. as far as gymnastics, while they do have a routine they use in competition format, i believe they practice for a couple of different events dont they? (pommel horse, uneven bars, rings, floor routines, etc) so that would be considered variance to me.

    PS- james, thank you for that piece of info about pandas…you have truly made my day

  8. crossfitktown December 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    CrossFit, as a whole, rarely uses the exercise scientist’s definition of intensity: an expression of of your one rep max by percentage. It looks like with this diagram they are using that definition. That can be the only reason team sports are not intense. I can think of no team sport where you are doing something as “intense” as a clean and jerk, shot put, 100m sprint, etc.


  9. Erik Behan December 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    These debates are exactly why people like me (a 9 hour drive away from KTown) check your posts and comments daily. Outstanding. I love my box (CrossFit TakeOver, Virginia Beach), but I am still the biggest CFKT member-wanna-be on the east coast.

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