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Only 3 Weeks Left Before Garage Games!!! Athletes WOD and Meeting October 29th At 12:30pm

October 21, 2011
Kids Class!!!

Friday

WOD

3 Rounds For Time
Run 200
20 Push Press 95/65
Run 200
20 Ring Rows*
Run 200
40 Air Squats

*Rx’d For Ring Rows- set the rings so your back is off the ground, place heels on a box and pull your chest to your hands.


Virtuosity
By Greg Glassman

In gymnastics, completing a routine without error will not get you a perfect score, 
the  10.0—only  a  9.7.  To  get  the  last  three  tenths  of  a  point,  you  must 
demonstrate  “risk,  originality,  and  virtuosity”  as  well  as  make  no  mistakes  in 
execution of the routine. 
Risk is simply executing a movement that  is  likely  to  be  missed  or  botched;
originality is a movement or combination of movements unique to the athlete—a 
move  or  sequence  not  seen  before.  Understandably,  novice  gymnasts  love  to 
demonstrate  risk and originality, for both are dramatic, fun, and awe inspiring—
especially among the athletes themselves, although audiences are less likely to 
be aware when either is demonstrated. 
Virtuosity,  though,  is  a  different  beast altogether.  Virtuosity  is  defined  in 
gymnastics  as  “performing  the  common  uncommonly  well.”  Unlike  risk  and 
originality,  virtuosity  is  elusive,  supremely  elusive.  It  is,  however,  readily
recognized  by  audience  as  well  as  coach  and  athlete.  But  more  importantly,
more to my point, virtuosity is more than the  requirement for that last tenth of a 
point; it is always the mark of true mastery (and of genius and beauty). 
There is a compelling tendency among novices developing any skill or art,
whether  learning  to  play  the  violin,  write  poetry,  or  compete  in  gymnastics,  to 
quickly  move  past  the  fundamentals  and  on  to  more  elaborate,  more 
sophisticated movements,  skills,  or techniques. This  compulsion is the  novice’s
curse—the rush to originality and risk. 
The novice’s curse is manifested as excessive adornment,  silly  creativity, weak
fundamentals and, ultimately, a marked lack of virtuosity and delayed mastery. If 
you’ve ever had the opportunity to be taught by the very best in any field you’ve 
likely been surprised at how simple, how fundamental, how basic the instruction 
was. The novice’s curse afflicts learner and teacher alike. Physical training is no 
different.

Annie-Getting Better

Mobility WOD

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  1. jonathan miles Reply

    two questions about this wod. to do this rx, when we are doing the push press, do we stop when the push press is fatigued, before it turns into a push jerk? wanted to clarify because you dont say “bar to overhead”. also,on the ring rows, are they kipping, or do we need to keep a plank position?

  2. Mark Lee Reply

    Good questions Jon. In short answer, push press, not push jerk, and maintain the plank.
    Fatigue is what is going to cause anyone to try to recruit more muscle groups by re-dipping to a jerk, or kipping in the ring row-fatigue is inevitable but that’s where it’s wise to pause and recharge, or scale if needed. The ring rows look on the surface like a scaled pull up or a grandma movement but you quickly realize they are the real deal!

  3. David Churbuck Reply

    See you all Monday — Head of the Charles starts this afternoon (practice) and the race is tomorrow — psyched to see how nine months of Crossfit makes me feel over 5,000 meters of hard rowing.

  4. Mark Lee Reply

    Crush it Dave!!!

  5. Ed Reply

    *stranger posting.

    Hey Mark, I shot you an email about dropping in on Saturday. Just wanted to make sure it was cool.
    thanks again!

  6. Nettie Reply

    Good luck Dave!!!

  7. mcgrail Reply

    Best of luck Dave… was going to say Crush it, but Mark used that already…

  8. crossfit mama Reply

    This is Sam, I don’t now if I have ever met Dave, but GO DAVE MAN!

  9. Viagra Canada Reply

    The ring rows look on the surface like a scaled pull up or a grandma movement but you quickly realize they are the real deal!

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