Emmett on Non-Specializing

Emmett's team in action

Emmett's team in action

Emmetts Outrigger Race Team

Emmetts Outrigger Race Team

Tonight’s guest  post is brought to you by CrossFit West firebreather Emmett Ziegler.  Emmett is known at CFWSC for being a phenomenal runner and body weight beast.  He holds many top spots on our bench mark boards and has represented us at competitive events including the Santa Cruz affiliate challenge, where he killed everyone by about a minute on the med ball run, as well as our King of the Hill challenge.  He is also a life guard and outrigger race team member.  Here he shares some thoughts on non-specialization.  Please send guest post submissions to Jocelyn at [email protected]

“All genetic mutations start out random, but those that are beneficial to an organism’s success in their environment are directly selected for and quickly perpetuate throughout the population, providing a uniform, traceable signature,”  Dmitri Petrov, associate professor of biology at Stanford University

Try something new. Human beings are arguably the most highly adaptable creatures on planet earth.  Our evolution was most successful, because of our unique ability to adapt to the environment.  The human body is not meant to do one thing.  We are all quite capable and able to perform a myriad of physical and mental activities.  We are specialized to be unspecialized.  At one point in my life I spent a great deal of time riding a bicycle, in fact I raced bicycles for three years during college.  I raced some really elite guys and during that time I realized something about specialized athletes.  The specialized athlete is in reality a pawn in the game of chess.  The specialized athlete has one move and that move is in one direction.  The most successful guy I ever raced, who now races for a pro team in Europe, was a star running back in high school.  The most unsuccessful guys I raced, were one trick ponies who were born on the bike and usually died every race on the bike.
Using your body in its entirety can be performed by trying some new physical or mental activity.  In Santa Cruz we have a plethora of activities to pursue and some are unique to our area.  This summer some lifeguards and I entered into the annual Polynesian Outrigger Race.  I learned some new lingo, met some cool people, worked some paddling muscles, and walked away with a new experience.  Just yesterday I rode past some kids playing bike polo in an empty parking lot.  After an hour of clashing wheels with scene-ster kids I rode away with a new experience and a lesson in bike handling skills.  So go out into the world and use your body to the fullest.


Split Jerk



Beginers work technique to moderately heavy weight.


AMRAP 20 min

2 Muscle ups


8 KB Swings (2 pood/1.5 pood)