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Old 03-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
David Larson
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Let's go Metric!

I'm new to CrossFit. One thing I was amazed to find is the continuous use of the old fashion Imperial unit system in CrossFit.

Arguments for sticking to Imperial units:
1. It's what we are used to. (US, Liberia, Myanmar)
2. All my current equipment is in pounds.
3. I can't afford to change my weights.

Arguments for standardizing around Metric:
1. It's what we are used to. (The whole world, give or take 3 backwaters).
2. All my current equipment is in kg's.
3. I don't have to change anything.
4. To PR the steps are more uniform.
5. Not using metric inhibits CrossFit adoption internationally.
6. Imperial unit are "so last century".
7. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ystem_2006.png

For a start, I think the Games should switch to have every workout described in metric units. That will set the bar for every box to follow.

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Old 03-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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Re: Let's go Metric!

It's an interesting idea but CF was started in the US with Imperial Units. I don't know about you but Fran with 95# sounds so much easier to set up than 43.09kg. I think we are so far into it with all of the benchmarks in pounds it would be difficult to switch. It would be doable for the Games though.

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:08 PM   #3
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Re: Let's go Metric!

Crossfit has a rather patriotic bent.

I will likely stay imperial. I like it that way. I think in lbs and can't be bothered to change.

We still do kettlebells in poods, how archaic is that?

We do runs in meters and miles.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Re: Let's go Metric!

In Europe what do they do? Fran 45Kg? The sport is still young enough that a change to Metric would not be too difficult.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
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Re: Let's go Metric!

I thought the patriotic bent had more to do with military service than waving the flag. Though we would routinely run X miles in the service, pretty much everything else is in Km. It's never crossed my mind that talking about X grams of Protein in my diet was somehow unpatriotic!
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:24 PM   #6
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Re: Let's go Metric!

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In Europe what do they do? Fran 45Kg? The sport is still young enough that a change to Metric would not be too difficult.
it is young, that is true.
However, a lot of us have been doing it for MANY years already.
converting pounds to kilos, and vice-versa, is really not that difficult.

For the Open, HQ even converted the weights for the athletes.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:53 PM   #7
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Re: Let's go Metric!

The problem is that crossfit started out as something individuals did out of their garages, then shifted to affiliates, the attractive part of that being you could open a "box" with very little up front capital. Many affiliates run on tight budgets.

Making every OG crossfit garage dweller and over, what, 3000 affiliates switch over to Kilos in order to accommodate the rest of the world who may or may not be all that interested doesn't make any sense and is a punch to the gut of the folk that have take crossfit this far.

And grams.... you must not cook much. If I told you to add 475 grams of of chopped onion to a recipe I'm guessing most people wouldn't whip out a plastic baggy and a scale but try to convert to cups. Grams are fine in the abstract/academic sense but when it comes to making food, really only a source of frustration.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:04 PM   #8
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Re: Let's go Metric!

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Crossfit has a rather patriotic bent.

I will likely stay imperial. I like it that way. I think in lbs and can't be bothered to change.

We still do kettlebells in poods, how archaic is that?

We do runs in meters and miles.
This. Call me stubborn or typical but its my way of life.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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Re: Let's go Metric!

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I'm new to CrossFit. One thing I was amazed to find is the continuous use of the old fashion Imperial unit system in CrossFit.

5. Not using metric inhibits CrossFit adoption internationally.
I am really interested in your argument here. If they can understand crossfit methodology, I am pretty sure they can find ways to apply it, regardless of the measuring system.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #10
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