You Are Animal

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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 a fluid, fast, strong, explosive animal. Just like our cousins the primates. So what happened? When was the last time you ran and jumped and fought and climbed? Probably a good ten thousand years. And don’t you think that is too damn long.

Look at an animal move. Maybe a cat or a gorilla or a cattle dog. Wouldn’t you like to have that kind of power and agility and speed and strength. Ah, but humans do, and you can. But you have to work at it, because as a species we have forgotten it, lost it in the depths of civilization and agriculture.

CF West should have a new slogan, “CrossFit. Taking you back 50,000 years.” Might even make a good t-shirt. The great thing is that the slogan is true.  Training in CrossFit establishes a direct connection to your ancestors.  It awakes an atavistic side of you that you probably never knew existed.  Something deep inside of you recognizes and responds to the primal urge to throw, to climb, to jump, to move.

Have you ever heard the glib saying “use it or lose it”?  Probably, but I am not talking about cell phone minutes at the end of the month, but something much more important and vital–your ability to intrinsically glory in movement.  As a species, at least in the “developed world”, we have become so cerebral, not too mention de-conditioned, that we are in danger of losing our joy of movement.  It just feels good to move.

Don’t for a second think that humans can’t move the way other animals can.  Just watch the nightly highlights on Sports Center.  Don’t for a second think that our bodies aren’t designed to move that way.  Look at the human ankle and foot, it is a tiny catapult.  Look at the way the wrist flexes to the forearm, and the bicep proximally, and the shoulder and the pectoral muscles and how all the other muscles of the anterior chain serve to launch an atlatl (or baseball).  It is incredible.  Every time you crumple a piece of paper and throw it towards the trash bin, you are making a mockery of greatness.

So run, jump, fight, climb, lift–move.  It is what you were meant to do.

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Workout:

21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3 

Kettlebell Swing 73/53#

Box Jump 

After each swing/jump couplet:

7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Handstand Pushup

Do 21 swings, then 21 box jumps, then 7 HSPU and so on.

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