Erin and “Angie”

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Jeff and I spent the day sightseeing and shopping in New York. This did, of course, include a visit to lululemon! I purchased yet another pair of Response shorts as well as an overcoat and Christmas presents for Jeff.
We were reminded of how small a world it is, as while walking on Lexington Ave. we heard a familiar voice call our names. It was Ms. Vitt!

There are quite a few CrossFits in New York. I chose to go to Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave. for a few reasons: 1) I wanted to visit an official Reebok box; 2) We’d get to work out with Erin; and 3) “Angie” was the scheduled WOD.

The box is in the basement. There is ample room and a large pull-up station, plenty of rings, kettle bells, bars, plates, etc. I liked that the kettle bells are color coded. HINT!

We arrived early and were warmly greeted by the receptionist, Val. I had an opportunity to observe the 5:30 athletes complete “Angie”. I was immediately disappointed, as I saw lots of people with shitty form and the coaches not really doing much coaching. (Remember, it’s my blog, so I can say what I think.)

The 6:30 group was instructed to spend 4 minutes warming up, and then we were asked to form 6 lines to do a group warmup. The warmup included bear crawls, crab walks, V-ups, etc. It was an okay warmup.

There were quite a few posers.

The coaches did not review expectations, i.e., proper form for activities.

100 pull-ups
100 push-ups
100 Abmat sit-ups
100 air squats

Air squats had been mistakenly posted as being completed before sit-ups. I, along with a few others, finished with air squats as prescribed.

I did not look up my previous time for this benchmark WOD, as I didn’t want to push myself too hard, as I am on vacation. Don’t hate.

I completed pull-ups in 3 sets of 10 and then is reps of no less than 2 and no more than 8.

I completed push-ups in 3 sets of 10 and then in reps of no less than 3 and no more than 8.

I began sit-ups and air squats by completing 50 unbroken and then 5 sets of 10 reps.

My time was 15:45 — a PR!

Now comes the ranting…

There was a poser, we’ll call him Bob, who I was neck and neck with most of the WOD. However, I go on record as stating unequivocally that Bob completed the WOD scaled, yet he was the first to put “Rx” on the board. As he was stationed beside me for pull-ups and in front of me for other activities, I had little choice to observe. I question if his chin went above the bar for many pull-ups. Okay, then. Push-ups were fine. For sit-ups, he positioned the Abmat in front of a load-bearing column — and braced his feet against the wall. WTF? That makes sit-ups a hell of a lot easier. But wait, there’s more…

He used a medicine ball for air squats. I know, I know, using a medicine ball ensures proper depth. It also allows one to “bounce” off of the ball, and that’s exactly what he did. I also argue that an intermediate or advanced athlete shouldn’t need a medicine ball to determine depth. Am I wrong? Let me know.

So, is it up to the coaches, the athletes, or both to ensure proper execution? I ensure you that every last one of my reps was legit.

I’ve finished ranting.

As we were departing, who should I see but Lynn, a friend from work! Again, it’s a very small world. Lynn, it sucks that “Angie” was your first WOD post fundamentals.

It was awesome working out with Jeff and Erin! Erin, you are a beast. You, too, Jeff.

4 thoughts on “Erin and “Angie”

  1. i don’t think you’re wrong at all. medicine balls can be really useful for beginner athletes or even intermediate athletes who are still struggling with mobility issues (as long as they make sure not to bounce off the ball!), but they should not be used as a crutch beyond this. anyone who’s been squatting for a while should know how deep to squat.
    i think that both coach and athlete are responsible where form is concerned, but i do think the coach has a bit more responsibility in this regard, as they are more capable of being objective and they actually *see* what the athlete is doing.
    sounds like a really disappointing experience at your first reebok box. not surprising, but definitely concerning if they become more widespread (as i’m sure they will).
    how many people where there for each class?

  2. I *love* that you got to WOD with Erin. I miss your face! (P.S. I completely agree with you about the virtuosity factor with “Bob.” It is always so frustrating seeing an athlete mark something as Rx when it is indeed scaled and/or half-assed.)

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