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Old 08-03-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
Pär Larsson
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We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100803/...rown_louisiana WFS

One of the top people at my gym is a young good-looking female with a 400-lb deadlift and a PR of 57seconds in the 400m run. She holds almost all the girl's records we have. But she never learned to swim and I don't think I'll be able to talk her into it.

We claim to prep people for the unknown and the unknowable. We claim to build fitness for life. We claim to prepare people to "Not suck at life".

Buddy carry - awesome skill.
Rope climb - awesome skill.
Both the above could save your life one day, or your loved ones'. As could a deadlift when someone is trapped under a fallen tree when the wildfire is coming, or you have some people with you and a car is blocking the road out of Chechnya.

Like it or not the planet we're living on is covered by about 75% water, and the vast majority of humans live someplace close to water, it's just easier to survive there. Adding a small water event to the Games, difficult as that would be - would highlight the need for supposedly "fit" people to be able to survive if their car happens to go off a bridge, if a tsunami hits, in a flood, in a stupid stupid accident like the one that just killed a bunch of kids in Louisiana.

It might also give some deadbeat parents the kick in the *** they need to teach their kids how to swim, or learn alongside them.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_tsunami WFS
http://www.businessinsider.com/stunn...cade-2010-7/-1 WFS

So how the heck do we fit water into an already crowded Games?

I'm pretty sure there's enough creativity at HQ to figure it out, they seem to be good at coming up with new, interesting things and probably thought about this already. So why mention it again? To get some discussion and momentum going.

Build a small above-ground pool for starters. Obstacle course over water with a swim included. I personally would prefer a 400m swim event alongside a 5k run, but I understand that most average American Crossfitters don't consider being able to do stuff like that an essential component of fitness. No offense intended, it's just a bit cultural, I suppose. Where I come from you'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't know how to swim (usually taught in middle school/kindergarten equivalent), or a reasonably fit person in an average gym who couldn't do a 5k in less than 30-35min.

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Old 08-03-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

Maybe, just maybe, put the deadlifts in the water!
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

I live in pittsburgh which has a lot of rivers. I used to live in Erie which is next to a big lake. I didn't get wet unless I wanted to. I'm found almost always on land, though my mom would argue I'm in space half the time.

I'm not saying water isn't good for training, but most affiliates don't have access to somewhere they can use for that sort of training. Also, if you want to do it yourself, do it. Let us know what you come up with.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #4
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

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Maybe, just maybe, put the deadlifts in the water!
You jest but the old eastern block lifters used to train in streams with kettlebells. They found that the drag of the water helped with developing the midstage explosiveness in lifts.
I did "ToughGuy" in the Uk http://toughguy.co.uk YOU MUST ANNOTATE ALL LINKS WHETHER WORK AND FAMILY SAFE.and we had to jump logs, run through fire, paddle on rafts, get through 4 foot deep water, crawl through piping, climb, jump, balance, sprint, push, pull and all in 4 degrees centigrade. Now stick that with kettlebells and oly bars and you've got a show!!!!
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:39 AM   #5
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

Crossfit needs something like the toughguy challenge. Climb up a rope wall, jump off into a pond, swim 400 meters, run a 5k, jump over some fire to look manly etc.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:09 AM   #6
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

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Crossfit needs something like the toughguy challenge. Climb up a rope wall, jump off into a pond, swim 400 meters, run a 5k, jump over some fire to look manly etc.
Why not just do the toughguy challenge?
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:21 AM   #7
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Maybe small parts of it could be implemented. Mankinis are not allowed however!
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:26 AM   #8
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

The place where the Southeast Regionals/Dirty South have been the past two years has a pool right next to the track.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:40 AM   #9
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

A huge problem with water is the inability to incorporate it into the WOD as crossfit does with running. It would be annoying, hard and probably dangerous to jump out of a pool and do cleans with wet hands.

Towel drying then chalking can't get your hands dry enough
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:48 AM   #10
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Re: We need a water/swim obstacle in a CF competition. Why?

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A huge problem with water is the inability to incorporate it into the WOD as crossfit does with running. It would be annoying, hard and probably dangerous to jump out of a pool and do cleans with wet hands.

Towel drying then chalking can't get your hands dry enough
What's wrong with just ... swimming?


WODs don't have to be circuits, you know.
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