Renaissance Men and Women

63#. I will get a pic of the 73 pounder, I promise.

63#. I will get a pic of the 73 pounder, I promise.

When we think of great artists, we often think of the Italian Renaissance. The two most famous of these great artists are probably Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarotti. These artists and others gave rise to the term ‘Renaissance Man’, one who excels at a wide variety of subjects and fields. Michelangelo and da Vinci could do it all. They were painters in several media and noted architects, sculptors and inventors. The list goes on, and these two men are only the most famous of many.

It strikes me that CrossFit engenders a similar kind of Renaissance man. Now, please don’t think that I am really comparing myself or any CrossFitter to Michelangelo, da Vinci, or Brunelleschi. But CrossFit does create movement polymaths, as it were. Rarely does one see athletes so well conditioned across such a wide variety of movements and exercise methodology.

I am not referring to the kind of ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ experience of the dilettante. CrossFit West sports athletes (CrossFit itself is replete with them) who can deadlift twice their own bodyweight for reps and hit 40 pullups. Nail a 50” box jump and row a sub 1:30 500m. Do a sub 2 minute Grace and score 25 rounds on Cindy. Who can do a bottom up overhead squat with a 73# kettlebell and rep deadhang muscle ups. That is serious breadth and depth.

CrossFit creates athletes that can do it all, and do it with skill and ability and grace. Powerlift, Olympic lift, run, row, jump, etc. We are, without a doubt, the Renaissance men and women of the fitness world.

Now, before you dismiss this as a lot of overly hubristic ranting, please realize that we are not claiming to be the best at any one thing.  We are just claiming that we can do what you do almost as well as you, that you can’t do what we do nearly as well as us, and that we can do what neither of us do much better than you.

Now that I look at it, I guess that does sound a wee bit cocky.  I am not offering any apologies, though. That’s what the ‘elite’ in Forging Elite Fitness means.


5 Rounds of the following Complex:

5 Rounds

1 Hang Squat Clean Thruster

1 Push Jerk

Rest 1 minute between each round of 5 complexes.  Use a fairly heavy weight 185-155/135-100#.

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