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Old 04-01-2003, 11:08 AM   #1
Jon Pappas
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Awesome CrossFit Journal for April! This might be the best one yet.

Question - on the pull-up article - what does this mean? "Are visually directed, that is, a sight line is chosen that is shortened as the body rises to the bar."

Can't wait to complete the 5 fitness tests. Just completing some of them will be the real test.
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Old 04-02-2003, 06:14 AM   #2
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Thanks, Jon. The feedback means the world to us!

Athletic movements require you to target something and measure, and constantly reassess your progress by visual cues. Find a spot somewhere on the wall or ceiling and pull yourself towards the spot "shrinking the site line."

Even rapid twisting and flipping movements have the gymnast spotting and respotting foci. If the world blurs past you as you move you are going to lose proprioception which leads to poorly motivated and performed movements, crashing, or motion sickness. The more demanding the movement the more important this visual directedness becomes.

Jon, look at our fitness test in light of the Hoffman standards thread on this board. We've tried to bridge the perennial battle between big guy and little guy while preserving and including all functionality (e.g. climbing, jumping, running, vs. throwing, lifting, etc.) I hope we've succeeded.
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Old 04-03-2003, 01:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the clarification.

A couple questions on the Scoring of Tests:

1. How many points should be used if can't even score up to 4 points on some of the tests? For instance, on Test 1, I can't bench 300 yet or do 20 pull-ups. I'm benching 195 and up to 11 pull-ups.

2. What about using % of bodyweight vs. load? Is there a way to incorporate this modification and still be a "true" test?
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