Permanent Revolution



Permanent Revolution. It is an arresting phrase, but it is not mine.  In fact, you might have heard it before.  It most famously comes from one of the most published books of all time, The Little Red Book, although it is the title of an earlier book.  Even though Mao and Trotsky are not usually quoted in CrossFit circles, I think their phrase applies well to CrossFit.  A permanent revolution is exactly what CrossFit is doing.

Although the phrase fitness revolution is a bit of a cliche, CrossFit is the spearhead of just that.  For several decades now fitness has involved sitting on one’s arse and pushing on handles, stepping on treadmills like the proverbial hamster, and rolling around on big bouncy balls.  I consider myself, regardless of popular opinion, a fairly intelligent guy, but I just don’t get it.  What does all that have to do with being strong, fast, powerful, agile, and possessing great stamina and endurance?  I have no idea.

CrossFit is just about the opposite of all that.  CrossFit’s idea of fitness is so radically different from the average golds gym’s that it constitutes a revolution.  CrossFit fitness is so radically superior than the average golds gym that it constitutes a revolution.  CrossFit’s claim to functional fitness is so unassailable by the average golds gym that it stands nearly unchallenged.  While there are certainly other methodologies that are part of the revolution, CrossFit is at the forefront and we are taking America (next: the world!) by storm.

Like Mao and Trotsky’s idea of the permanent revolution, CrossFit is not only spreading to other countries and cultures, but it is constantly evolving.  CrossFit is not the same as it was 5 or 10 years ago.  The workouts have evolved, training methods have evolved, technique has evolved.  It is not a staid or sluggishly flowing stream.  CrossFit as a methodology is dynamic and growing.

CrossFit is alive.

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Snatch Balance-work up to several heavy singles


1000m Row

10 Handstand Pushups

10 Pullups C2B (of course)

750m Row

7 Handstand Pushups

7 Pullups C2B

500m Row

5 Handstand Pushups

5 Pullups C2B

250m Row

3 Handstand Pushups

3 Pullups C2B

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