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Jeff and I spent the day sightseeing and shopping in New York. This did, of course, include a visit to lululemon! I purchased yet another pair of Response shorts as well as an overcoat and Christmas presents for Jeff.
We were reminded of how small a world it is, as while walking on Lexington Ave. we heard a familiar voice call our names. It was Ms. Vitt!
There are quite a few CrossFits in New York. I chose to go to Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave. for a few reasons: 1) I wanted to visit an official Reebok box; 2) We’d get to work out with Erin; and 3) “Angie” was the scheduled WOD.
The box is in the basement. There is ample room and a large pull-up station, plenty of rings, kettle bells, bars, plates, etc. I liked that the kettle bells are color coded. HINT!
We arrived early and were warmly greeted by the receptionist, Val. I had an opportunity to observe the 5:30 athletes complete “Angie”. I was immediately disappointed, as I saw lots of people with shitty form and the coaches not really doing much coaching. (Remember, it’s my blog, so I can say what I think.)
The 6:30 group was instructed to spend 4 minutes warming up, and then we were asked to form 6 lines to do a group warmup. The warmup included bear crawls, crab walks, V-ups, etc. It was an okay warmup.
There were quite a few posers.
The coaches did not review expectations, i.e., proper form for activities.
100 Abmat sit-ups
100 air squats
Air squats had been mistakenly posted as being completed before sit-ups. I, along with a few others, finished with air squats as prescribed.
I did not look up my previous time for this benchmark WOD, as I didn’t want to push myself too hard, as I am on vacation. Don’t hate.
I completed pull-ups in 3 sets of 10 and then is reps of no less than 2 and no more than 8.
I completed push-ups in 3 sets of 10 and then in reps of no less than 3 and no more than 8.
I began sit-ups and air squats by completing 50 unbroken and then 5 sets of 10 reps.
My time was 15:45 — a PR!
Now comes the ranting…
There was a poser, we’ll call him Bob, who I was neck and neck with most of the WOD. However, I go on record as stating unequivocally that Bob completed the WOD scaled, yet he was the first to put “Rx” on the board. As he was stationed beside me for pull-ups and in front of me for other activities, I had little choice to observe. I question if his chin went above the bar for many pull-ups. Okay, then. Push-ups were fine. For sit-ups, he positioned the Abmat in front of a load-bearing column — and braced his feet against the wall. WTF? That makes sit-ups a hell of a lot easier. But wait, there’s more…
He used a medicine ball for air squats. I know, I know, using a medicine ball ensures proper depth. It also allows one to “bounce” off of the ball, and that’s exactly what he did. I also argue that an intermediate or advanced athlete shouldn’t need a medicine ball to determine depth. Am I wrong? Let me know.
So, is it up to the coaches, the athletes, or both to ensure proper execution? I ensure you that every last one of my reps was legit.
I’ve finished ranting.
As we were departing, who should I see but Lynn, a friend from work! Again, it’s a very small world. Lynn, it sucks that “Angie” was your first WOD post fundamentals.
It was awesome working out with Jeff and Erin! Erin, you are a beast. You, too, Jeff.