Derek Woodske is not a CrossFitter. He is a strength coach, writer, and former hammer thrower. On Sunday he posted a video blog that was sent to me this morning–it was seemingly everywhere within hours. Considering the fact that I had just returned from a visit with the best Weightlifting team in America, and I am the coach of CrossFit Games athletes, the timeliness of Derek’s post couldn’t have been much more appropriate.
If Ben Bergeron, Dusty Hyland, or I would have recorded this exact same post/rant it would have been completely meaningless. Not because our opinions on the future of CrossFit as a feeder system for US Weightlifting wouldn’t be just as valid, but because there is no way we could possibly speak objectively on the matter–we are the coaches of CrossFit athletes. However, when a completely un-biased outsider–in fact, Derek is a self-described former hater–posts something like this, it’s time to listen.
This video is in no way safe for work, or to watch with the kids. It is abrasive, hilarious, offensive, brilliant, and quite possibly a seminal moment in the way the relationship between two sports is viewed.
Derek has been kind enough to agree to spend a little time responding to some of your comments in response to the video. In emailing with him today he seemed like a nice guy, so I don’t think you need to be afraid of him ripping you a new one like he does in the video… Probably. Also, you can check out Derek’s site here: A Manimals Guide to the Universe.
Elisabeth finished her trip to train with Team MDUSA, and Coach Pendlay, by making a special guest appearance on Jon North’s radio show Weightlifting Talk. I listened to the entire show this afternoon, it’s damn good, and has some pretty great discussion about how shocked Elisabeth was to experience the amount of volume “real Weightlifters” actually do.
1) 7×1 Snatch from blocks (just above knee) – heavy but perfect, rest 60 sec.
2) 7×1 Clean from blocks (just above knee) + 1 Push Jerk – heavy but perfect, rest 60 sec.