Friday 101112


"The Seven"

7 rounds of:

7 handstand push-ups

7 thrusters, 135#/95#

7 knees to elbows

7 deadlifts, 245#/185#

7 burpees

7 kettlebell swings, 70#/55#

7 pull-ups


A suicide bomber killed seven CIA officers and one Jordanian officer at a remote base in southeastern Afghanistan on December 30, 2009 after posing as a potential informant reporting on Al Qaeda. Seven new stars will be etched onto the memorial wall at the CIA where every star represents grieving friends, family and colleagues dedicated to fight against the enemy, forever in their name.

Killed in the attack were CIA officers Jennifer Lynne Matthews, 45; Scott Michael Roberson, 39; Harold E. Brown Jr., 37; Darren LaBonte, 35; Elizabeth Hanson, 30; and security contractors Jeremy Jason Wise, 35, and Dane Clark Paresi, 46.


Jenn mentioned in her comment yesterday that someone made a remark about her being careful to "not look like a woman" by getting big muscles. No reason to list all the things that are wrong with that comment here, but it shows the unfortunate reality of how the majority of society feel what women should look like. We've had several ladies come in to Evolve and mention that with all the weight lifting they're concerned because they don't want to bulk up or put on lots of muscle mass. In a short time those concerns fade away.

The picture above made it on many CrossFit affiliate sites this summer. Turns out it was not done by Nike, it was a fake ad that was put on the internet. However, it was based on a campaign by Nike in 2005 that had the same language, so we can still use it to generate discussion. What do you think about an ad campaign like that? Is it positive? Would mainstream advertising like that help or hurt the standards we compare ourselves to? Or does it go too far?



13 thoughts on “Friday 101112”

  1. I am so bummed I am missing the WOD today. I either ate some bad shrimp last night or got the flu 🙁
    I think it’s important to accept your body regardless of what shape or size it is. It’s interesting that they mention clothes shopping in the ad because when you try on clothes, they are all made to fit one body type. They come in different sizes, but all have the same proportions. You walk away going, my ___is too big because the clothes at the store don’t fit right.
    At some point on my journey to health, my focus changed from what size my body is to just being healthy. People make negative comments about it, but it’s pretty easy to point out that I am healthier than I’ve ever been, stronger than I’ve ever been, and usually (besides today) feel great! The negative comments mostly come from unhealthy people. I think it makes them feel bad to see someone else being so successful with their own health.

  2. I hope you feel better Sarah, we missed you this morning!
    It was brought to my attention that I left the 7 burpees out of the WOD. So for all you a.m folks, sorry. However, I have it right now for all you afternoon folks so you won’t feel cheated!

  3. Sorry to miss this wod today, The Seven can be brutal. Got a sick kid at home, tis the season. Hope you feel better Sarah. Everybody hit this one hard as usual, remember it is a hero wod. When it gets tough just look up at that Red, White, and Blue and get it done.

  4. Kinda nervous for this workout, not gonna lie.
    Hope everyone that is sick feels better soon, and hope that those who are managing to dodge this crud, continue to do so!
    HAHA Shaun…there were words in that picture??? 😉

  5. missing the wod today due to work:)….an excuse I can live with!
    the ad is disturbing to me on many levels…
    so I guess if it was a real ad…I would have passed over it….and would not have purchased the shoes…
    I want to see the male version of the ad…is there one? 🙂
    The feedback I have been getting since doing CrossFit has been 99% positive…some people come right out and say they are jealous….others ask what I am doing then proceed to tell me that it won’t work!!!!!
    I have never felt better, felt I looked better, or had more energy in my life.

  6. I’m not going to lie. It was hard for me to watch my weight climb once I started CrossFit because I was used to my out-of-shape self with no muscles. I have never lifted this hard or this much in my life, so it was difficult for me to get used to seeing muscles where they used to be almost non-existant. I’m okay with it now, but it is tough not to buy into what society deems “the attractive body type” for women (which is rail thin with no muscles).
    Hearing my kids and husband cheering me on at the gym or seeing Jake’s description, “My mommy is strong,” on his preschool project makes it all worth it, and I’m proud to be a part of CrossFit. Evolve has changed our lives in so many positive ways, and a bigger butt is pretty insignificant in comparison.

  7. Whatever, Neil. I think both of us were wrong because I looked it up on, and it doesn’t have a hyphen, so it’s “nonexistent.” I’ll use it in a sentence for you: You are now nonexistent to me. Hope you’re enjoying your last year of freedom (otherwise known as college). You should be proud of me because I signed up for the Colorado Marathon. I’m pretty nervous!

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