I’ve a collection of correspondence, again, that you might find helpful. Mostly these come from my chin-wagging adventures with Inner Circle members, and out of my desperation to be eloquent. One is from Facebook.
Q. Pat I’m doing CrossFit about 5x a week and still not getting the results I want. I’m working hard, and my diet is 100% Paleo. What gives? (Sheila, 33, Pennsylvania)
Since early youth I have taken an especial interest in the subject of the Canadian goose, and how I might someday kill them all. This omnipresent god of annoyance, this bastard creation of undignified existence, this thing that simply should not be, was no doubt inflicted upon society for the sin of Canada.
I do not mean to say that geese serve no purpose in the ecosystem; I simply mean to say that their purpose is not useful or relevant. Their existence is a reminder that not all animals plodding the turf of God’s green earth are born of necessity. Some were put here by accident, others to be simply a nuisance—like CrossFit.
Yes, but the principal annoyance of the goose is not the goose itself, it’s the goose’s poop; as the principal annoyance with CrossFit is not CrossFit itself, but the coaches. Both are ubiquitous, all-pervading, and everywhere.
Since young adulthood I have taken an especial interest in the subject of CrossFit coaches, and how I might someday live to see them all done away with by education.
Put simply, if a coach cannot get a client results without injuring them, or smothering them in metcon, then they can conclude with confidence that coaching is not what they were intended for, and should get along to moving pianos, or selling car insurance.
I took a great interest, initially, at the idea of CrossFit. The idea that one organization, namely one man, might educate all of America on Olympic lifting, gymnastics training, metabolic conditioning, and all other forms of wonderful movement and kipping pull-ups.
But I was also disquieted by this. America’s a big town. And most of us Americans don’t move very well. And so I feared for my country, and I was not wholly put at ease by the surging momentum of CrossFit and its ever-popular acceptance, but rather, was increasingly disturbed by the enlarging number of instances where people were not getting educated, but getting dead.
But I’m incurably inquisitive by nature, and to a degree even meddlesome, so I did not discard it completely on those grounds—people die all the time. As well I remained curious to the method—the idea of mashing everything together, and focusing little time on the particulars, and racing everything against the clock. It was a fascinating approach, and it held my interest for quite a while, but a number of worrisome questions came up in my mind.
- At what point, when racing against the clock, does movement devolve into mush? And when it does devolve, what will be the consequence(s)?
- Is it prudent to do Olympic lifting for time? Is it necessary? Is it prudent to do box jumps for reps? Is it necessary? Is it prudent to do kipping pulls ups? Is it necessary?
- When people’s kidneys fail, in what fashion (or according to whose taste) do they pile the bodies, and does the time it takes to circumvent a carcass count fully against one’s Fran time, or is it fairly deducted?
Two of these questions I have answered satisfactorily for myself, but as for the last one I remain curious.
Q. Pat, I never heard you talk about warming up much. Are you against warming up? If not, what would be your best minimalist warm up routine? (Myles, 33, NC)
“How you going to warm up, when somebody punches you in the face?”, is what Brian Petty used to tell me. He was my first coach, and used words in an interesting way.
It was a fun point, exciting, too, but not entirely relevant. Currently, I am at no conceivable threat of being punched in the face. I’m too tall.
Jump up and down for a few minutes, to arouse the nervous system (skip rope, or mini-trampoline), and try to shake your muscles into fat. Then, hang from a bar, and just relax. Then sit in a squat for three minutes or so. Next, some hip-rocking, and four-point crawling. After that, I recommend some stretching—if something’s tight. Otherwise, let a few warm-up sets of whatever you happen to be doing be sufficient, and get on to business.
Q. Pat, I was wondering if you include fish oil capsules in your diet along with coconut oil, and if its beneficial or not? (Bryan, 47, Sioux Falls, SD)
Yes, I do, but pharmaceutical grade ones. Four capsules every 2-3 hours, totally 20 per day. People say that’s a lot, and I say so is twenty jelly beans, but nobody makes an ordeal of that.
When dosing fish oil, increase your load by five capsules per day until the contents of your toilet get funky—you’ll know what I mean once it happens. Then, back off 2 capsules a day until things get unfunky, and keep there.
Any more questions? Drop a note in the comment section and let’s chat.
PS – So I was interviewed on Super Human Radio yesterday, and what good times I had! I talked about how to apply the 80/20 to fitness, so you can focus your efforts towards nurturing what bears the most fruit; that is, I talk about what you should be doing, specifically, to get the best results with the least amount of effort (always desirable, right?)
CLICK HERE to have a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it, and find the conversation useful.