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Playground – Broward CrossFit 09-10-15

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Broward CrossFit – CrossFit

Snatch Position Drill (No Measure)

3 Sets

10 second Quad Snatch Position

10 second Standing Overhead Position

10 second Overhead Squat Position

Shoulder Press (3 x 12 Reps )

Pendlay Row (3 x 8 Reps )

Metcon (AMRAP – Reps)

Ping Pong EMOM for 16 Minutes

Odd Minutes – 10 Unbroken Hang Power Snatch 95/65(Rx) 135/95(Rx+)

Even Minutes – 20 Unbroken Double Unders (Rx) 40 Unbroken (Rx+)

CrossFit has been an active combatant in the diet wars. For

decades it has been an exciting world of “us” versus “them.”

“We” were the low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, good fat camp and “they” were the low-fat, low-calorie, high- carbohydrate opposition. The battle was for the hearts and minds of the public on the very personal and private matter of nutrition-what diet makes us healthy?

Sheldon Margin, publisher of the University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter, a leader of “them,” accepted this characterization of battle lines when we presented it to him in 1996. In 1996, Dr. Atkins and Barry Sears were both publicly and regularly referred to as “quacks” and “frauds” by mainstream physicians, journalists, and nutritionists. While this was something that Sears would have to get used to, Dr. Atkins had been dealing with vicious assaults on his life’s work and character since publishing his Dr. Atkins’ “Diet Revolution” in 1972.

We write here today in 2003 gloating. Gloating, because it is our perception that we are decisively winning the diet war. In the public square, the realization that carbohydrates, not fat, make you sick and fat is spreading rapidly. Spreading like truth unobstructed. The position that carbohydrate is essentially toxic at common consumption levels was a truth suppressed by political and industrial corruption of science and journalism. Suppressing truth is like holding a beach ball under water; it takes constant work against a tireless resistance. They have slipped and our position sits like the beach ball on top of the water, where everyone can see it.

We interpret our position of being clearly visible, as winning the diet wars because our diet better models human nutrition and will always trump the opposition’s model if tested. Ours works, theirs does not. Where theirs does work, ours works better. Their success required our being kept out of the marketplace. Underwater preferably.

In countless exchanges with doctors, trainers, nutritionists, and family we shared our position and the common response was, “do you have any science? I need science.” We had science and showed it proudly. No one would read it. The cry for peer-reviewed evidence is almost always a smoke screen. The guys who write it read it–the rest pretend. If you can train people to unquestioningly accept proposition X then you have largely inoculated these same folks from even considering “not X.”

The science supporting our position while being produced at an increasing rate, was always there and is not responsible for the dramatic change over the last two years.

What has changed is that the public bought some 100 million diet books over the last 3 years, running the most important and successful science experiment ever conducted. To a constant and universal barraging of the “fat is bad” mantra from public health authorities, millions of people with no clinical or scientific credentials tried regimens found in “dangerous” books and found some of them marvelously effective.

Doctor Robert Atkins deserves credit for suffering unimaginable abuse while remaining steadfast, Gary Taubes for being the first journalist to expose the fraud and origins of the low-fat position and for later making the point that the science may have been behind Dr. Atkins all along, Barry Sears for super tuning a responsible diet, and Dr. Uffe Ravnksov for exposing the fraud and slop in anti-fat research so effectively that he needed to be completely ignored to be dealt with.

But the true heroes are each and every one of you who thought for yourselves, ignored the chorus of doctors, nutritionists, journalists and neighbors bleating like sheep, “faaaat is baaad,” followed the logic of reduced

carbohydrate consumption, and then, critically and most importantly, tried the diet. You try one diet and you feel great, you try another and your teeth fall out. Who needs a doctor?

Patients are telling their doctors about the Zone and Protein Power and Atkins, not the other way around. Doctors everywhere are themselves doing the Zone and Atkins on the advice of their patients–on seeing their patients’ successes. The peer-reviewed literature remains unread, but, the reverberation of the good diet books’ message is working its way from author to reader to doctor and finally back to patients.

Perhaps, this process is not so unusual but merely another example of the efficiency of decentralized networks. In any case it is consistent with this bit of philosophy from Dr. Uffe Ravnskov’s epilogue to “The Cholesterol Myths”:

“After a lecture, a journalist asked me how she could be certain that my information was not just as biased as that of the cholesterol campaign. At first I did not know what to say. Afterwards I found the answer.

She could not be certain. Everyone must gain the truth in an active way. If you want to know something you must look at all the premises yourself, listen to all the arguments yourself, and then decide for yourself what seems to be the most likely answer. You may easily be led astray if you ask the authorities to do this work for you.

This is also the answer to those who wonder why even honest scientists are misled. And it is also the answer to those who after reading this book, ask the same question.”