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Crossfit Identified

I haven’t gone to Crossfit for a while, but at the YMCA I’ve met several people who are familiar. Over the last year, nearly five Crossfit gyms have sprouted up in Westchester. At the gym, while I was doing some Double Unders, one of the trainers asked “you do Crossfit?”

He started talking to me about jump ropes. He convinced me to buy a RX jumprope, and it is pretty awesome. I’m out of practice with my DUs, but I’ll get back in form soon. Persistence is the key.

So yesterday while I was clearing off the weights to do some warm up squats, a fellow asked if I was done with the squat rack. I invited him to work in with me. He noted my Vibram feet and asked how they were. “Alright for running. But I need some good lifting shoes next.” Then I did some warm ups.

He looked at me and said, “you crossfit don’t you?”

“Yeah. I joined a gym for about a year, but only was active about seven months. Just couldn’t get over there as regularly as I wanted.” I explained that I was generally following Starting Strength’s routine, but adding Tabatas, High Interval Training, and the occasional burpee ladder. “Do you do Paleo or Zone?” I explained I was more paleo, except for when I’m not.

“I could tell. The shoes and the form. Good form.” He showed me a little app for crossfit footballers and then proceeded to his WOD

So yesterday Back Squats:

5 x BAR
5 x 95
5 x 135
5 x 185
2 x 5 x 205
1 x 3 x 205
1 x 3 x 185


5 x bar
5 x 75
3 x 5 x 95

Three minutes of Jump Rope in between

Last night I had a fair amount to drink. My brother and I made Chicken Cacciatore, which was pretty much all I ate all day. Ate it with cauliflower, so it was paleo.

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  1. June 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm


    Glad you are back on the paleo-crossfit wagon.

    Love your ecclesiastical blogs–read them all with abandon.

    You can do this–excited to see you jump back in and tackle crossfit with abandon!



    • padremambo
      June 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Thanks! I’ve actually moved a little – still crossfit inspired, but my new guru is Mark Rippentoe, who wrote the book Starting Strength. He’s crossfit approved. In August I hope to take a couple privates to focus simply on powercleans and snatches. I have tight shoulders and hamstrings, so getting the form right is a struggle. But they look like so much fun! Tabatas are also still part of my regimen, just a little less frequently.

      • June 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

        You are a badass. Rippetoe will get you there. My partner/boss in Asheville Strength and Conditioning is friends with him and is visiting his seminar this weekend. He will be coming to Asheville for some kind of workshop at our gym soon.

      • padremambo
        June 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        Will you take that class? I’m going to inquire about some coaching at the crossfit in Stamford (Andy’s a pretty awesome coach there). I’d love to take a weekend course with him.

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