Sunday, July 30, 2006

Pyramid of Love

While you were sleeping, we were running, throwing, and swinging.

We had enough Crossfitters at the Pond today to start our own football team. Eleven athletes representing Crossfit Boston and Crossfit Topsfield made the trip to Jamaica Pond for the workout I've dubbed "Pyramid of Love".

It starts hot and heavy and ends painfully. The title seemed appropriate.

It took Dave Picardy all of 8:10 to finish this one. Clearly he needed to be handicapped.

On the way home from Crossfit Topsfield yesterday, I made a detour toward Home Depot. 100 pounds of sand and one session of Arts & Crafts later, I had two 50-pound sandbags. They made their debut appearance on Sunday.

After a few 100 meter sandbag races, I added a twist. Sledgehammers.

Racers cleaned the sandbag to their shoulders, sprinted to the tire, slammed out 10 swings, and returned to the start, sandbag in tow.

Sam and Jo had the best race of the day, head-to-head all the way. The races were a great way to work explosive speed and hip flexion, but everyone was too busy having a good time to notice they were developing athletic ability.

A little practice with the AF bar, and we called it a day. As always, we drew quite a lot of attention from passers-by, and had a blast doing it. Thanks for coming out, guys.

Go faster!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great AgainFaster workout! In fact, I appear to be taking the term "ball clean" literally, by tongueing the ball as the second photo in the series seems to indicate (I don't think I did that, but who knows what can happen in the throes of an AgainFaster love fest?)

Thanks, Jon, for setting this up, and for the motivation. Thanks also to everyone who participated for the encouragement. Good things always happen with a collective positive vibe; I sincerely appreciate it.

T'was a great way to start the day!


7/30/2006 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha does look like you're getting pretty intimate with the dynamax ball. I'm always surprised at some of the faces I manage to make while working out.
Thanks everyone for coming out to play! And thanks Jon for a great workout!

7/30/2006 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure there is any place else you can get so much love in 10 minutes or less, except with Jon and the athletes who take part in his workouts.

After a 6 hour time change on Friday, Fran on Saturday and Pyramid of Love today I am feeling the effects. Time for a power nap.

I think as funny as our faces look when we are working out, even better are the faces of the people walking by. But Thor...I would have been happy to leave you the ball to take home for the night.

Thanks again Jon for another great Sunday morning.


7/30/2006 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to Jon for another interesting workout. I'm always amazed at the creative workouts you can come up with using things like laundry bags, sand, trash bags and duct tape.

Thanks to Sam, Jon, Thor, Toby, Eric, Dawn and Dave for the encouragement, the energy and the fun!

Another reason why CrossFit continues to keep me coming back for me... the amazing group of people!


7/30/2006 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot to add Jo to my list of athletes! Jo, you rock! Can't wait to see the overhead squat Jon and Sam have been bragging about!


7/30/2006 07:59:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Gilson said...

If you have the opportunity, please read "Getting Into the Optimal Performance State", posted on the Main Site. The author expresses some wonderful ideas in an intuitive manner.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

7/30/2006 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Picardy said...

Jon, the workout was great but I had all my fun with the sandbag races. Have a great week everyone.


7/31/2006 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Roman said...

More sandbag.
More cowbell.

Another great Sunday start, Jon. Keep it up.

7/31/2006 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandbag races were awesome; sprinting between walkers through the pyramid of love was an added challenge. I was really glad I let my mental voice kick me out of bed yesterday morning.

Thanks, Jon!


7/31/2006 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Mere Detet said...

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7/31/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Will T said...

Blah Blah Blah, I hate America.

I am probably wearing Nike Shoes but I hate America.

I traveled here to go to school but I hate America.

I am looking at a website created by someone with the will and the ability to start their own business but I hate America.

People are trying to improve themselves how typically American.

I don't like fitness so I am going to just focus on how smart I am and not acknowledge the scientific aspects of physics, physiology, and kinesiology that are presented on this site. O yea I hate America.

People are creating a sense of community and camaraderie how typically American.

I probably wear blue jeans but I hate America.

Drivel Drivel Drivel…….

7/31/2006 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I follow, Mere Detet. Why is it a "sad" group? Do you think the purpose of Again Faster is just to "react, defend, and be aggressive?"

I think it's about effectively increasing work capacity. I also think the workouts are creative, especially given the space and equipment restraints. Perhaps you feel they are missing something in particular?

I do not want to speak to the exchange of posts that have occurred - but I am curious to what exactly you want us to think about.

You have stated you think the leader is an egomaniac and you think its followers praise blindlessly. After that, what is your criticism regarding the actual point of the group - the workouts?

7/31/2006 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing is certain: there is no stopping them; Jon and his brainwashed followers will soon be in positions of power. I, for one, welcome our new Again Faster overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted servant of the people, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.


7/31/2006 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and thanks for the workout yesterday, Jon! Great stuff. Short and sweet. There was me thinking I'd have an equal adversary in Eric and it turns out he goes up north and chops wood to practice his sledge swings!
Please bring that Kool Aid you promised next time ;)


7/31/2006 04:34:00 PM  

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