Monthly Archives: March 2015

#ShirtStorm @ Atlanta Spartan Sprint: Brand Competition Or Violation Of Personal Freedom?

Posted on March 18, 2015

Shortly after the Atlanta Spartan Sprint took place, the OCR Gear posted the following: “Rumor has it Spartan Race forced a female finisher to change out of her BattleFrog Series shirt before taking the podium in Atlanta. Say what??” Armed with hashtags #shirtstorm and #shirtgate, the online community was livid. This was David vs. Goliath

[…] still talking about the Spartan Race and the competitors’ logos in their photos. Yet another #shirtstorm broke out after the Spartan Race has blurred out the BattleFrog logo from Ryan Atkins’ […]

CrossFit Open 15.1 – Post-Mortem

Posted on February 28, 2015

“This is stupid”, I am thinking to myself, as I start putting on workout clothes. The Friday Night Throwdown is from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at my box – every Friday for five weeks. And it is a BIG DEAL. My box is one of the larger (and better, I may add) boxes in the country

krista at 9:57 am Mar 1
You better take it!!!! OR ELSE! :)

CrossFit Open 15.1 – Preliminary Analysis

Posted on February 26, 2015

The 15.1 is here. You can watch the Week 1 Announcement here. I love snatches. Loooooove them. Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice? In fact, this is me after a recent snatching session. The athletes battling it out at the live announcement were: Rich Froning and Mat Fraser. For Rich Froning, introduction is

[…] After the shitshow of the Open, where two dozen male athletes torn their pecs in a high rep ring dip workout, I was very happy to see lighter weights in higher rep workouts, and 1RM snatch as a separate event – instead of being tacked onto the end of a high intensity couplet. […]

The Voice Of The Snatch Spirit And Other Frustrating Things About Olympic Lifting

Posted on February 21, 2015

I throw the bar on the ground. Again. It has measly 65 pounds on it, and I cannot bring it over my head in a squat snatch. I can muscle snatch many pounds more. Hell, I can bicep curl more than I can snatch. Practicing 55 pound muscle snatch (easy!) last year shortly before the

[…] this post? You are going to love reading about the voice of the snatch spirit and why squats make everything […]

Back To Winter, And Ok With It

Posted on February 11, 2015

I am back to the Great Canadian North after soaking in the sunshine in Nicaragua for three weeks. And you know what? I am ok. Yes, it’s -10C, and white and grey. No palm trees here. Yet, I feel like I brought a piece of sunshine with me, and I am holding on to it,

BoxSlut – CrossFit Bologna by Nativa, Italy

Posted on November 10, 2014

The question I am often asked is which CrossFit Box I train at. I usually get this question, while at yet another box, and the (erroneous) implication is that I belong somewhere. I am not, however, ready to make that kind of commitment yet. 🙂 I wander in, and waltz out. I date around. My

[…] Liked this post? You may enjoy reading about healthy options at the airport and my visit to CrossFit in Bologna, Italy.  […]

Back To CrossFit, And Muscle Memory

Posted on October 17, 2014

I wrap my fingers around the bar, and drop my butt down. Back straight. As I straighten my legs, the bar travels across my shins, I pull towards me, as the bar weakly touches my ribs and falls to the ground. No rep. 115-lb squat clean. No rep. Before I have a chance to label

I’m Going On A Diet!

Posted on December 13, 2013

*This essay was written in January 2013. The New Year is upon us, and I can’t possibly be left behind without a new year’s resolution. Can I? How about going Paleo for a month? Dedicating myself to CrossFit? Or maybe I should do a cleanse. (Nah, just joking.) I thought about it. I considered it.

[…] Liked this post? Check out my review of “It Starts With Food” and the blog post about how I went on a diet. […]

Why You (And I) Can’t Do Double-Unders

Posted on May 13, 2013

I’m talking to a friend about visiting his CrossFit box and keeping him company for a workout. “Ok, but promise you won’t make fun of my kips and my double-unders!”, I ask. “Ha. So you have a DUI, eh”, he grins. “A what???” “DUI = double-unders impairment”,  he explains patiently. Indeed. It’s been months, and

[…] my quest to master double-unders, I spent a lot of time with a speed rope. In fact, I used to spend ten […]

Spartan Race + Reebok – Hobie Call = ?

Posted on March 13, 2013

Few weeks ago, Spartan Race made a big announcement at the Time Square – it’s joining forces with Reebok. According to the letter, Joe De Sena, Spartan Race Founder and CEO, sent out to the Spartan community, Spartan and Reebok share the same ideals about the future of fitness. Joe promised that the partnership would

changingscottslife at 5:32 pm Mar 15
For the past two years we all have listened to Hobie talk about wanting to get paid to run Obstacle Courses and now that it's finally happened he walks away from Spartan Race? I can't help but feel this is a case of a man who has no real loyalty or passion other than making money. As someone who was on the inside of the conversations when Epic Racing was being batted around as an idea it was clear that Hobie wanted in only if he could be part of the decision making process and receive a cut of the profits. Having talked to Hobie several times in private I can only say that Spartan Race is better off without him and his me first attitude that comes through when there's not a public audience around. He's leaving because he wants to be in Joe's shoes as an owner and decision maker not a professional athlete as he claims. He shares none of the humility or adaptability of top tier athletes in CrossFit yet expects others to bow down to his greatness. I'm sure Spartan Race and its association with Reebok will test the loyalty of purists just as it continues to do in CrossFit but its the best hope for getting cash prizes and lower registration fees to all of us that aren't corporately sponsored. Good luck Hobie but remember when you bite the hand that feeds you, you often end up starving and hungry for the good old days.



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