Big ups to Jen N., Aaron PCF, Jenni B., Andrew Z., and Mollie K. for representing this weekend at the Hopper Challenge. Thanks for some great efforts!
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I enjoyed the discussion by Dr. John Berardi on the Crossfit Journal the other week. I don’t agree with his “calories in/calories out” model of nutrition, nor do I buy the original theory of somatypes that he uses as his model to explain diet and training, but I thought in a broad-brush stroke he explained carb/fat intake and body type pretty well.
It certainly gave me a better prospective on looking at athletes who lean towards endurance or weightlifting more predominantly and how his model would, in a very linear way, describe the same kind of trends we see with athletes at PCF.
Everyone wants to be “good” at something. So it’s pretty natural for a relatively skinny person to want to Run and a relative (ahem) “unskinny” person to want to weightlift. Now Crossfit came along and everyone could (more or less) be “good” at it because nobody else was doing it. Crossfit was a great way to short circuit the predominant model of either being able to Run for a really long time or (look like you could) lift heavy weights.
But unfortunately for me, really good athletes are joining Crossfit faster and faster. So while I will still lord my 36th place finish in the 2009 Crossfit Regionals over Chris Karas (39th at the 2010 Regionals), I still want to be “good” at something, which is why I tend to mainly lift weights and 2-3x/week do some running or METCONs.
But I still do Crossfit, as I truly believe that a therapeutic dose of high-intensity functional movement makes you a better athlete no matter what your specialty.
What do you think? Should we play to our strengths, our weaknesses or just do straight up Crossfit? -Brian PCF
2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 (60% 1RM on the Minute)