‘Twas the Night Before CrossFit . . .

. . . when all through the Box
Not a creature was stirring, not even a fox;
The bumpers were hung by the rack stands with care,
In hopes that Coach Glassman soon would be there;
The members were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums beef jerky danced in their heads;
And Fran in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear but . . .
Post time to comments.
These are from completely prone to jumping and touching an object eight inches above maximum reach.

Holiday Linkfest:
“My father’s cardiologist needs to have his face forcibly rearranged.”
Strength training over Christmas and New Year’s
GHR progressions
Calling bullsh*t on those calorie-counters on cardio equipment
Calling bullsh*t on chocolate as a health food


  • AllisonNYC

    Allison: That’s what I was trying to do.
    Merry XFitMas.

  • JUAN G.

    Still recovering from Thursday night’s
    great party 🙂
    merry christmas everyone.

  • Happy holidays everybody! Hope you are all having a wonderful time. Even if you aren’t at the Box you should try to do some burpees just for Santa’s sake.

  • PS – I’m sad nobody commented on the awesome bacon flowchart. 🙁
    Bacon rules!

  • Hari
  • Robzilla

    Happy Holidays everyone!
    I found my mp3 player that I lost the other night, so no need to look for it.
    And yes, Tyler, bacon makes everything better.

  • Bacon rules, Tyler. As does the flowchart.
    Hari, I read that story back when it came out, and yes it’s fascinating how humans’ perceptions are so easily skewed. Wanted to comment on this particular paragraph:
    “While it seems thinness is increasingly idealized in popular culture — images of waif-like models and stick-thin celebrities are everywhere — there is a gap between the cultural imagery and the weights that most people consider acceptable for themselves and others, according to Heiland.”
    It’s not so surprising that women (and people in general) could have this disconnect between the body types of the so-called “beautiful people” and themselves (i.e., the “regular” folks). In a celebrity culture we inevitably fetishize the famous into being “not us”, so their being smaller/lower-body-fat than us, just as they tend to be more classically beautiful (i.e., symmetrically featured) becomes part of what makes them “not us” and almost “not human.”
    I would argue it further feeds (no pun intended) regular people’s notions that being fat(ter) is normal.

  • Kevin W

    Very poetic.
    As for the flow chart, it made it on my facebook page as my new website. I’m spreading the mantra.
    Merry Christmas

  • marisela

    merry christmas all!!!

  • michelle

    hey all hope eveyone is relaxing. in florida and its awsome. and instead of spending the 10 bucks to use the hotel gym i swear i ,am going to do those 400 lunges for time in the hallway before i leave on wed! othwersise its been rounds of pushups and situps and sqauts in the hotelroom. better than nothing. marisela-can’t wait to see the new tattoo! i got one as well-its a picture of tyler with a burger king hat.
    my next one will be greg in a pink wig.
    merry xmas everyone-keith see u thursday

  • Michelle, those tats sound awesome. One on each bicep, right? That’ll make for quite the Gun Show…

  • sam

    150 burpees? It’s like Christmas came early!!!

  • chad

    braving midwestern whiteouts, leaving bacon flowcharts on every desktop I come across.. merry christmas folks

  • sarena

    Michelle, how about 1 day 400m lunges and another 150 burpees?
    Can’t wait to see all the new tats!
    Happy Happy to all!! May the new year bring peace to all

  • Brett_nyc_in San Fran

    Love the Bacon from dynamite. Gonna hit up this burpee wod after I Am Legend.

  • Ewen

    This morning I decided to wipe myself with Crossfit’s anti-steady-state endurance template and went for a nice intense 2 1/2 hour ski. Go catabolic or go home, that’s what I always say!
    Merry Santa day to everyone.

  • Brett_nyc_in San Fran
  • Ewen

    Good job Brett! How much was that? Sure looked plenty heavy.

  • alex

    Happy holidays from Amsterdam. I may be home a little earlier than expected, I have some fires to put out.
    In a way its a good thing because I am out of zone bars and splenda and I know I gained a few pounds from my time in germany (I blame the potatoe pancakes and pomme freits).
    One the other hand I won 300 euros last night at the casino.

  • Awesome, Brett!

  • Jack Bauer

    Nice job Brett! Happy Holidays everyone!
    Sam-this is Santa’s gift to you enjoy.
    Keith I got the Bacon flow chart on my refrigerator!

  • Strangely, I was trying to wake up Morgan the other day (before I saw the chart) but she was expressing some reluctance. When I offered to cook breakfast and make some bacon, she perked right up!

  • Gene

    Happy Holidays Everyone. Gonna head over to Crossfit Southwest on Thursday to meet the SW Arizona crew.

  • erica

    Happy holidays!! See everyone in 2008!

  • sarena

    Ewen, where ya skiing in France?
    Brett that was awesome!!
    Alex, cant wait to see ya. Its been a while.
    Jack Bauer, I am addicted to the new season of 24. Got the DVD set and wanna be just like you/him–jumping off buildings etc.
    And to all the rest of the crew–Happy Happy!! Enjoy the holiday spirit.
    I just want to add that since IFing, I am really hitting some PRs/nice numbers!
    Today I did the following:
    5 KBS r/l 20#
    BS 115×5
    5 KBC r/l 20#
    DL 95×5
    BS 135×3
    5 KBS r/l 20#
    BS 145×3
    5 KBC r/l 20#
    BS 155×1
    5 KB snatch r/l 20#
    165×1, 170×1, 175×1(old PR), 180x2F
    Might have gotten a few more, but no fractionals.
    Working on shoulder so press work was good, despite no PRs!!

  • Dan L

    Hey all,
    I’m heading off to France straight from Arizona, so I won’t have the chance to pop into the box again until 2008, possibly 2009. Just wanted to send my thanks to everyone there. In particular I want to thank the trainers, I made alot of progress based on their helpful advice.
    I’m heading to crossfit southwest for a little while until mid January, and I’ll be sure to always speak highly of the Box.

  • Brett_nyc_in San Fran

    Thanks guys. It was 165 or 170lbs.
    150 burpees in 16:01.
    Happy Holidays everyone.

  • Gabe

    Couldn’t bring myself to do the burpees today. Wanted something a little more involved. I did a GymJones workout called Unworthy. What a bear.
    Workout: “Unworthy”
    Squat: 80-40-20-40-80
    KB Swing: 40-20-10-20-40 (35#)
    Pull-up: 20-10-5-10-20
    Five rounds
    1st round looks like: 80x Squat + 40x KBS + 20x Pull-up
    2nd round looks like: 40x Squat + 20x KBS + 10x Pull-up
    Finished this part in 19:54
    Warm up with BB Complex:
    6x DL +
    6x Bent-over Row +
    6x Hang Clean +
    6x Front Squat +
    6x Back Squat +
    6x Press ( push) +
    6x Push-up
    One complex at each weight: 75#, 85#, 95, 105#, 115#
    Finished this part in 16:39
    Merry/Happy/Jolly to all.

  • Jeff

    Dan L
    Good luck to you in France. Be sure to send us updates.

  • Hari

    29:40 Unbelievably Brutal!