Posts Tagged ‘CrossFit Football’

Rob Orlando (Owner of Hybrid Athletics) has been featured on my blog before for his feats of superhuman strength. In this video, he performs the CrossFit Football workout Kalsu (named after Robert James Kalsu, an Army LT who was killed by mortar fire on July 21,1970 at Firebase Ripcord near the Ashau Valley).

If you know anything about CrossFit Hero workouts, they are true tests of will to complete. Their purpose is to remember those who gave their lives and show our appreciation for their service by completing a workout in their honor. These are not regular workouts.

Kalsu, for example, is “prescribed” as:

“On the minute:
Complete 5 burpees and perform max rep 135 lbs thrusters on the minute.

The goal is to complete 100 total thrusters.
*At the beginning of every minute perform 5 burpees, for the rest of the minute perform as many thrusters as you can during that minute. At the beginning of the next minute perform 5 burpees and then max rep thrusters and so on until you reach 100 total thrusters.”

Yeah, no joke. Rob Orlando decides to attempt this workout with not the prescribed 135lbs, but 225lbs instead. Unreal. Although he gives himself a 20 minute time cap, and actually does not complete the workout in that time, you can still see the amazing push he gives and the incredible strength this man possesses. I was inspired.

R.I.P., Kalsu.

There are so many people out there claiming to be “Subject Matter Experts” in their respective fields. For me, I generally rely on close friends (whose opinions I trust), or a “proven” track record, to tell me when to listen to these “Experts”.

Two certifications that I have recently heard are beyond worth it are the “CrossFit Football” certification, and the locally-held JumpNRope Seminars, hosted by Molly Metz. Molly’s certifications teach not only safe and efficient ways to jump rope, but for the typical CrossFitter, she basically transforms one’s abilities to make double-unders become second-nature! Through simple cues and great drills, I’ve not met a single person who has NOT walked away from her events with unparalleled confidence in their ability to fly through doubles in workouts.

We all know that before we know it, “Triple-Unders” will be introduced into CF too, right? Stop fooling yourself if you don’t think so. 🙂

The purpose of this “Thought of the Day” post is to invoke some thought as to the true benefit of these additional certifications. Do you think that ONLY coaches should pay money to learn more from experts? Or, as an athlete, does it also make sense to expand your own horizons and visit some of these events first-hand?

Personally, I think any athlete interested in improving their athletic performance, the safety and efficiency of their movements, and their knowledge of sport in general, should make the investment to continually learn and grow! I love walking into a certification and hearing that people are there for a variety of reasons! As a coach, I’ve learned so much from friends who went away for a weekend, and came back with a wealth of new knowledge. For me, hanging out after a class, or over a beer on the weekend in order to learn a few new tricks, is always a ton of fun. Learn and share the things you learn, because for me, I always love giving other people tips and tricks on how to be even better!


JumpNrope Seminar from Trevor Norris on Vimeo.