Archive for September, 2009
Although this image is funny, unfortunately it is a very true picture of the average gym and the outlook we now have of the fitness industry. I have even seen people circle the parking lot of the gym for a closer spot to not have to walk far to exercise. The equipment of old has been replaced with high dollar "functional" machinery in hopes of giving us the desired results with minimal dedication and work. This is now referred to by some trainers as "comprehensive programing". Its almost like the industry is trying to trick people into working out! They have had to make working out a game. I'm not saying that exercise shouldn't be fun but, if little Johnny has to pop balloons or dodge virtual soccer balls to get his heart rate up, something is wrong! Please feel free to leave your comments on this topic, I would love to know how you feel.
Abviously not a Camper!
It was good to get away for a few days but even better to be back! As you know, I was in Las Vegas from Thursday to Sunday for fitness and sports related functions. During this time I had the opportunity to visit CrossFit Las Vegas and participate in the "Fight Gone Bad" event that took place nationwide. I had a blast!!! It was good to meet the Trainers and Members there along with the several people from other CrossFits around the area. It was also good to be on the receiving end of the pain for a change! Thanks Joe and all the STAFF at CFLV for allowing me to workout and for putting on such a great event! I will post more pictures of the event as soon as I receive them.
I would also like to thank Yalda, Sam and Evan for watching over the camp in my absence!
To CHECK OUT this Sunday's fitness column in the Albany Herald CLICK HERE!
Sam working on some Man Ups before the 8pm group starts! The censored bar was was not necessary but the sight of Sam's nipples may just be too much for some to bare… Keep up the good work brother!
Be sure to check out Sam in this Sunday's paper! The fitness column written by yours truly is now located in the South View section!
Why NOT to train at World Camp reason #6 as found on the left hand sidebar of this page:
They teach you new things – They make people learn new lifts, workouts and training methods – And expect you to master them. They teach and re-teach the fundamentals so you are good at them. Who wants to learn and perfect movements in constantly changing workouts?
Since having the opportunity to work and manage a traditional gym I know that they are big on sales and not so much on teaching and coaching. Once you sign up, you are left alone to make your way around the gym with little or no contact from gym employees. This is unfortunate because it will inevitably lead to non-adherence to the program and lack of desired results.
Just as in life, we base our regimen off of performance. We give you the tools that you will need (i.e. proper coaching and standards) to make progress in the gym and in life. Most group workouts have a client/trainer ratio of 5:1 with the emphasis being on proper form and function. Meaning, if you do not do it right, than it will not count. These are the standards… This is why the average gym member adheres to their program for about 3 month and will drop off. In 3 months, World Campers will still be here!
Operation Phoenix is a CrossFit initiative that will raise the necessary funds to equip the entire United States Marine Corps with functional fitness equipment to increase combat preparedness, reduce injury, and strengthen unit cohesion. This will be accomplished through non-profit sales, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations. Every penny raised will go directly to "America's Fighting Force," the USMC.
“The constantly varied and high intensity aspects of CrossFit provide devotees with a mental rigor, mental armor if you will, beyond the physical benefits normally associated with a fitness program. A CrossFit-trained Marine is one who is properly prepared both physically and mentally for the rigors of combat.”
LtCol Dan Wilson, U.S. Marines
(Cristy, Amanda, Haley and Saban after a hard fought team WOD)
(Some of the Saturday crew warming up for the team challenge)
Today was a fun day at camp. Great job to the 16 that showed up and gave it their all!
"Not So Fast" by John Freeman – The Wallstreet Journal
Be sure to checkout some of the articles on POSE running located on the left hand side of the page. It is much different than I was taught running track in high school but much more efficient and better on the knees.
It was good to have Ole Max at the workout the other night! He was in charge of making sure that everyone was using proper form and full range of motion.
Checkout this short vid of Yalda getting into the muscle up club! Great job girl! Welcome to the club.
Something must be in the water around here. We have been experiencing a whole lot of achievements lately and a whole lot of people getting lean in the process! Whatever it is, keep it up!
Although it was good to get away for Labor Day, I am super excited to get back to camp! I hope you all had a great holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in here this week.
Doc, Jay, Charlie and Nate shown here in the "rest" position of the ball slam drill early this morning. Great job today guys!!!
The AFTERMATH will tell the tail of a great workout. It was great to see everyone set a new PR tonight! Congrats to you all, you should be very proud! All past variables the same along with full range of motion and next to perfect form; completed in a faster time, well done. See you all Saturday at 9am!
Hate to hear you will be out of town for the next couple weeks Tommy! Keep training hard where ever you go and we will see you back here in 2! Be safe my friend!
Here is a short video of the first female Muscle Up at World Camp! With more and more girls stepping up, the guys better stay on their toes! Congratulations to Cristy for getting here membership into the Muscle Up Club!
Also, Congrats to Erica and Mason for getting into the pull up club!
Also a reminder! We will be working out Saturday at 9am however, all camp activities will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day! Come workout hard on Saturday and enjoy the long weekend.