Hard Wired–It’s In Our DNA

CF West sometime member Tom McElroy has been traveling in the interior of South America and he sent this picture of two hunters from deep inside Ecuador. All these guys do is hunt and fish, all day long.  Full paleo diet –hunted and gathered fresh daily.  Zero sugar, no starch (some tubers, maybe?). The guy in the red shorts holding the …

Social Styles

  For her post tonight, Jocelyn talks about social interaction and personal characteristics. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and open gym at the box was hoppin’ with firebreathers.  The echo of heavily loaded barbells being tossed could be heard bouncing back from the neighboring gymnastics building across the lot.  Our newest live wire, Chris, was working some heavy clean …

CF West Goes To The Beach

One of the maxims of CrossFit is to learn and play sports.  CF West is the home to jujutsu and mma competitors, softball players and roller derby girls, mountain bikers and surfers, to mention a few. CF West also has a large presence at the beach.  Quite a few of the top local players on the CBVA circuit train at CrossFit …

The Fingerprint

A trainer’s programming is like a fingerprint, or penmanship, or even a gait.  A WOD indelibly carries the mark of it’s creator and that individual style can be read by others.  I was reminded of this when I walked into the CF West box today and saw a WOD written on the board.  One glance and I immediately knew that it …

Music

Music is probably one of the biggest issues facing CF West.  That no one has acknowledged the inherent superiority of my musical tastes is causing some big problems. Really, the nerve.  Kyle likes rap, Golden likes Boyz 2 Men, Cliff’s iPod is just an embarrassment (the tough bow hunter big wave surfer has a serious Mariah Carey collection), and if Jesse plays …

Make It Harder

Most of the time in life, we are trying to make things easier.  Easier is a real selling point for just about everything.  Except CrossFit. We go about things just the opposite, actually.  So go ahead, make things harder.  Add more weight to that bar.  Wear a vest.  Do clapping or decline pushups instead of regular ones.  Chest-to-bar pullups, of …

That Great Old Feeling

When I was younger I lived and trained martial arts in Tokyo. I used to hang out at this one bar a lot. It was dark and dingy, small and cramped and it smelled, and it played really loud rock and roll. There were always fights and holes getting punched in the walls and it stayed open until 5:30 or …

Always Watching

That’s right, in the CrossFit world, someone is always watching. Andy was grocery shopping in Staff of Life the other day. There was a table set up with free chocolate samples. He was wearing his CF West flaming heart t-shirt (a classic the world over), and as he reached for a sample, a woman, out of the blue, said “Don’t …

Elements Classes

Tonight’s post, once again, comes courtesy of CF West trainer and co-owner Jocelyn Forest. Most CrossFitters can vividly remember their first time.  It was a bit clumsy.  There was a lack of stamina and coordination.  It was a little awkward.  And for any of us who pushed it hard enough, it was definitely painful.  Hey, I’m talking about your first …

The Week In Pictures

Workout: 5 Rounds 200m Row 10 Ring Dips 5 Squat Clean 155/105# 10 Pullups Post WOD completed and score to Comments.

Be My Guest

CrossFit West Santa Cruz presents itself to the CrossFit community and the world through this, our website.  And because of that, we spend a lot of time and energy on it.  It probably isn’t the fanciest website around, but I hope that it has some good content.  CF West has a lot of voices and we often feature those voices …

Fire In The Belly

CrossFit is the home to a huge and widely varying variety of people.  In fact, this is one of the great things about CrossFit.  Anybody can do it. However, not everyone sees the same results.  Sure, everyone comes to CrossFit with different athletic backgrounds and even different genes, but those who make the biggest gains always have one thing in …

Good Housekeeping

One thing I always encourage in my classes is what my buddy Greg Amundson calls “good housekeeping.”  Basically, good housekeeping is setting up your workout before go time.  This is especially important if you are in a group class with lots of people running around.  Good housekeeping can make a big difference in your score.  It will help you focus …

You Are Animal

You, yes you.   You are an animal. You are a beast. You may drive around in cars and slouch in chairs and snooze on beds with more technology than my ’65 Comet, but all that is just window dressing. What you really were made for is to run and jump and climb and fight. You were made to be …

Patience Is Virtue

CrossFit West Santa Cruz trainer Jocelyn Forest recently had the opportunity to attend an Olympic lifting workshop hosted by Catalyst Athletics.  Here is her take on the weekend. In CrossFit we do not specialize.  In fact, not specializing is our motto.  We aim to be good at everything, but not the best at any one thing.  Or as Coach Glassman …

Get Yer Tickets

The 2009 CrossFit Games are fast approaching.  And it’s going to be big.  CF West is fielding an all star Affiliate Cup team and Jocelyn is shooting for the top women’s spot.  Please come out and support them.  All in all, there are going to be some pretty incredible athletes laying all their cards on the table.  The Games are …

Prevention

I was watching a movie today where one of the main characters had a heart attack.  The character was male, about 60 years old, a bit overweight, and not leading the healthiest of lifestyles.  Over course, this being a movie, I only saw one snippet of his life.   He probably had an even less healthy lifestyle prior to 60. …

Casual Friday

I plan one week’s worth of programming ahead of time.  This way, I don’t have people doing max front squats all week, or so many pullups that everyone’s hands are ripped and fried.  I make sure that the CF West athletes are exposed to various modalities and movements in their training. CrossFit is thought of being random, but it really …

The Grace-Off

The PR board for the past week. Great work everyone! CrossFit West Santa Cruz owners Jocelyn Forest and Cliff Hodges have been engaged in an ongoing battle for fitness supremacy.  With each other. Here is a little background. Cliff, a surfing and wilderness survival instructor, started CrossFit last September with no prior strength and conditioning experience.  He weighs in at …

Excellence

The pursuit of excellence is one of the greatest things anyone can do. Unfortunately it is a rarer thing than most people believe.  Everybody, absolutely everybody, is guilty of not pursuing excellence. I certainly am and so are you.  I like to think that in all areas of my life–work, relationship, training, hobbies–I have consistently striven for excellence, but deep …