Don’t get me started…

As is often the case, I haven’t blogged in days. And that’s okay. I also rested yesterday. And that’s more than okay.

9 RFT
3, 2, & 1-count dead hang chest to bar pull-ups, mixing grip each round

15 LBH
3 floor presses, beginning @ 135# and increasing weight 5# each round
9 RFT
3, 2, & 2-count dead hang chest to bar pull-ups

15 LBH
3 floor presses, beginning @ 150# and increasing weight 5# each round
9 RFT
3, 3, & 2-count dead hang chest to bar pull-ups

15 LBH
3 floor presses, beginning @ 150# and increasing weight 5# each round
9 RFT
3, 3, & 3-count dead hang chest to bar pull-ups

15 LBH
1 floor press beginning @ 165# and increasing weight 5# each round

Sounds complicated, I know. For pull-ups, count of “one-one thousand + C2B + two-one thousand + C2B + one-one thousand C2B.” For last round all three C2B pull-ups began with 3-count dead hang.

Left, right, and both palms forward for rounds 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

15 RFT
7 HPS @ 75#
Sprint 10m
Wall-facing HSPU (with incline walk from driveway to fence)
Spint 10m
7 burpees
Sprint 20m

I did the following workout this morning (May 21) whilst at CB.

3 strict C2B pull-ups
2 strict HSPU
3 DL
25 LBH
~Rest~
1-2-3…9-10-11 strict & unbroken ring pushups
2-4-6…18-20-22 unbroken Abmat situps

Hot and humid, so I was a sweaty mess.

A number of years ago, I visited a CrossFit in northern NJ. As was most often the case, coaches and members ignored me prior to the start of the workout, i.e, no one greeted me or made me feel welcome.

The metcon was 21-15-9 225# deadlifts and pull-ups. I warmed up my the deadlift and had 225# on the barbell. The coach approached me and said, “Lower the weight. That’s too heavy for that many reps, and only the elites will be deadlifting 225 pounds.” “I can deadlift 225 pounds for 45 reps,” I replied. “Then show me 10 reps.” I did, completing them fast, unbroken, and with proper form. “Replace the 45s with a 25 and two 10s, and be ready to drop the weight if I instruct you to do so,” the coach said. Okay, then, I did as I was told. He then said, “You can substitute ring rows for pull-ups or use a band.” “I don’t need a band for pull-ups.” You guessed it; he replied, “Then show me 10 pull-ups.” I did.

The metcon began, and I was the first to finish. And the coach watched me like a hawk. Oh, not only was I the first to finish, it was the last class of the day so I was also at the top of the leaderboard for the entire day.

Did the coach say kind or congratulatory words to me? Fuck, no. He was visibly upset, as I posted a faster time than the elite athletes. Including him.

I’m very happy that I no longer own a CrossFit, because I don’t like what I’m seeing going on right now. Specifically, the call to sign a petition to open local boxes. The argument is that class size would be limited, equipment would be cleaned, and there would be little risk for exposure.

I call bullshit. First, CrossFit is group exercise, not usually individuals exercising alone. Second, I couldn’t get seasoned athletes to listen to requirements for the workout, let alone take turns going to the plates to load up the bar, keeping a distance of at least 6′ apart, and cleaning up after themselves. And don’t get me started on the cleanliness of the restrooms. I vomit a little in my mouth when I think of the bathroom door handles.

And I kept a clean box. I attended many that were, in a word, filthy. I contacted MRSA after scraping my leg on a plyometric box at a CrossFit. MRSA. That’s some serious shit, folks.

I also don’t think 6′ is far enough apart, as when you work out you tend to violently exhale and expel all sorts of shit. Will running not be included in a workout? If so, how do I ensure that I keep proper distance from all other runners? What if I’d like to pass someone, but there isn’t enough space to do so? And I’d like to see people say 6′ apart when doing pull-ups, rope climbs, wall ball shots, etc. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

And you won’t be able to give each other the dreaded high five. Or a slap on the ass. Or a hug.

Most importantly, we all should know by now that you can be asymptotic and transmit the virus to others who can then transit the virus to friends and family members. I don’t want to even imagine that I would put the desire to attend a session over the life of a member or a member’s family and friends.

Many will disagree with my sentiments. You’re entitled to your opinions, and I’m entitled to mine. Just be sure to post your opinion on your own damn blog.

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