Thursday, 12 Nov, 2009

Posted by Mandee on November 11, 2009   |   36 Comments

Clean and Jerk 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps

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Sometimes, an extremist really is an extremist

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36 responses to “Thursday, 12 Nov, 2009”

  1. Russell says:

    Just at thought,

    If you’ve been around our website for more than a day or two, you will see that we frequently post articles under the workout of the day. These are usually related to current events, fitness, or health, and frequently the subject of controversy.

    As fun as it is to find articles and essays that strike my interest, The return isn’t nearly what it should be! If you have anything to add, please make your thoughts and opinions known. I know that not all of you agree with much of what I post, and that is the point. The mind is a muscle we should exercise with just as much intensity. We have had a few good discussions in the past (Thanks Daniel, Patrick, and Garth) but I’d like to see more.

    Maybe the stuff I post just isn’t that interesting/disagreeable. If anyone finds something they think is worth sharing, email it to me and I might post it.

    • Patrick says:

      KLowe still holds the title… CFHSV longest FRAT. Along with the top spot on most all the Benchmark WODs whiteboard.

  2. Patrick says:

    Couple of thoughts:
    Maj Hassan was a USUHS graduate. That is the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences or the “military medical school”. (Almost went there myself but that’s another story) What this means is that Uncle Sam (aka you, dear tax payer) have already invested several hundred thousand dollars in educating this whack job. As long as he maintains some resemblance of military bearing, shows up for work and takes the PT test twice a year, he is good to go. In the politically correct climate that is the Army Medical Corp, expecting a commander to “do something” about Maj Hassan’s extreme religious beliefs is a pipe dream. IMHO, the Medical Corps command chain is a notoriously spineless lot of administrative weenies and I can only imagine all the steppin’ and fetchin’ going on at Fort Hood Medcom searching for a scapegoat.

    • Robert S. says:

      IMO this type of behavior is allowed to continue far too much in our Army. When I was in I saw far too many Soldiers who were obviously not “squared away” act in a manner far outside the realm of a U.S. Servicemember, however if they made a half ass effort to improve their performance before the next NCOER or OER they could continue to serve. I can’t say based one personal experience that this is worse today than it was earlier in the decade, but I believe that lax recruting standards allows the extremist to enter into military service. Once they’ve made it through Intial Entry Training, a lack of attention to or action against the individual’s obvious failure to succesfully serve during wartime allows continued substandard and even extreme behavior without fear of reprimand.

      This gives us situations like FT. Hood. MAJ Hassan was and is obviously an Islamic Extremeist, no more fit to serve than Timothy McVay, The Unibomber, or John Walker Lindh. Would anyone hesitate to call the later examples extremeist? Would any Officer worth his commision allow a KKK member with a swastika tattoo on his arm serve? I think not. But you can display extreme behavior and make your distaste for the U.S. Well known and still put on the uniform and go to work every day simply because people are affraid to call the cards as they see them.

  3. Larry Lowe says:


    Hips don’t open fast enough for me to properly get under the bar. Lot’s of work needs to be done at a lower weight to get the true squat clean movement down.

  4. Kerri says:

    It was mentioned on the news this morning that he had been referred to by some of his colleagues at Walter Reed as ‘psychotic’, and to divert the concern, he simply was transferred elsewhere (Ft. Hood). It’s obvious that his questionable behavior ‘alerted’ people along the way, but nothing proactive was done about it….Instead, they just reacted and sent him down the road. This psychotic reference will be the defense’s playground, and this alone will be the primary scapegoat.

    Much like what I see with my job (which is why working with the VA is sometimes such a struggle), this is a common practice among those who are active duty regarding any sort of mental instability, their own, or someone else’s. “Seek treatment? Don’t seek treatment? Nahhhh, I don’t want to be seen as ‘crazy’. I don’t have a prblem….Report someone that seems to need help? Don’t report someone that seems to need help? Nahhhhh, that’s not my responsibility.”

    Since soldiers are warned about the consequences of being malingerers, it is standard to under report the presence/severity of any issue they are facing. Then, they get home, and the VA tells them to go into detail about the nature of their ailments, for the sake of getting an appropriate rating…..But, when a veteran asks for treatment because they’re reporting PTSD symptoms and feeling helpless/hopeless/suicidal, the VHA (healthcare) tells them to take a number and stand in line. That’s why the suicide statistics have skyrocketed…
    Talk about a Jekyll and Hyde approach from Uncle Sam….

    *I have a cartoon in my office that shows the three most infamous memorials for our veterans….Iwo Jima, Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. And then the picture of ours, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Memorial….a big roll of red tape…
    Enough said.

  5. Kerri says:

    Since this Time Magazine cover story in June 2008 (complete with a big picture of a Prozac pill), I’ve had a pretty strong opinion about the military’s psychological pre-screening/’re’-screening/lack of screening when it comes to considering multiple deployments.


    I know PTSD/combat stress/readjustment disorder is not the case with the tragedy at Ft. Hood. But, it’s very likely that many, many service members were under his care, in need of more intensive healthcare upon their return from deployments, and this knucklehead (to put it lightly,) being in charge of making that decision, overlooked their needs, approved yet another deployment, which put them back on the front lines where their life was in danger (just what he wanted…putting one American soldier to death, by his hands, at a time, while quietly chanting “Allahu Akbar”), each and every time. I’m sure there were many instances he should have in fact determined them unfit for duty and encouraged them to seek appropriate treatment, when he didn’t……

    Since our office is one of the places within the VA that sees these guys after separation, I fully understand that the military doctors have a tremendous responsibility on their hands when deciding if a soldier is fit for duty or not. While, I’m not ignorant to the fact that soldiers under report (and feel more ‘at home out there’ than back in this everyday world), I would hope that those health care professionals would act in the best interest of the individual, instead of the desperate needs of the Army (as we’re constantly reminded of).

    Sorry, it’s slippery up here on this soapbox!! Ok, I’m done for now….I promise!

  6. Jake Naumcheff says:

    Was able to clean 225 just couldnt get it locked out over head.

    Also if anyone knows of any PEER REVIEWED journals or articles on the affects of high intensity exercise (such as crossfit) on individuals please send me an e-mail with a link to them. I have a presentation for my Human Growth and Development class on Monday and this is the topic I chose. I’ll take any help I can get, thanks guys!


  7. Will Blankenship says:

    175 (10 under PR)

    Was going to shoot for 205 today, but once I hurt my wrist it was all over. Mental block. Made a 185 attempt about 6 times… the clean was easy, but I couldn’t get my brain to allow me to put it over my head. SHIT!

    Frustrating Day.

    Good job on the PR, Brad!

  8. Brad says:

    135-185-205-215-225(pr)-235(pr) Finally got over the mental block of not being able to get 225 over head. I didnt even read the article. I am just going to Blame Obama for everything bad that happens. It is his fault anyway. lol.

  9. Patrick says:

    135-135-155-155-170-185X-175 (5lbs less PR)

  10. Slade White says:


  11. Karen says:


    Did power cleans, trying to protect groin muscle injury that has been plaguing me. When it got heavy, my protective mind kicked in and shot my form to heck and back.

  12. Robb Dempsey says:

    95, 115, 135, 155, 165(F), 165, 175 PR

  13. Barry S says:

    no can do!
    Barry’s hotel MSU (Made S**t Up) WOD for the traveler:
    55 push ups, 110 sit ups, 165 jump tucks

  14. Kerri says:


  15. Russ says:

    Warmed up with 65.
    75-90-105-115-135-135-135 (PR)
    1st time doing this workout with clean and jerk together. Now that I have a good feel for what I am supposed to be doing, I will start with 135#s next time.

  16. Justin says:

    Power cleans with push presses. Still not opening my hips all the way, so I hit a wall at 195. I guess I should be happy with the PR, but I still have a lot of room for improvement.

  17. Zak says:

    5 Rep Max DL – 315#

    Complete 10 rounds for time:

    5 Power Cleans 75% of body weight (135#)
    5 Handstand Push Ups
    Sprint 50 meters


  18. dunnbball says:

    Cleaned the 110, but couldn’t get it up. Ugh!

  19. Robert Montgomery says:

    Busy day and busy week….

    135# clean and jerk for 30 reps…. About 5 mins going at about 85%. Then 30 minute bike ride home.

  20. Katie says:


  21. J.D. says:

    95-105-115-125-135-145(x)-145(x)-145(x). Despite good coaching from Josh, after my first failure at 145 my head AND technique was messed up. Continue to need work on my olympic lifts….

    Very good article, Russell. I actually heard that jerk Chris Matthews ask if it was a crime to be in contact with al-Quaida. Webster’s defines “traitor” as “one who betrays another’s trust or is false to an obligation or duty.” If you are trying to get chummy with our enemies, I certainly feel that you are a traitor and I bet the law would agree with me— especially if you are an officer in the Army! (see “Benedict Arnold”…). “That’s not illegal, is it?” asked Matthews. What a douche-canoe! (been looking for an excuse to use that!!!). Last time I checked, treason was not only illegal, but punishable by death! And why is everyone afraid to call him an “Islamic extremist”or “Islamofascist”( or even “religious nut” if you really want to be p.c.)? Maybe this guy didn’t receive direct orders from bin-Laden himself, but this was an act of terrorism with Islamic jihad as its basis. The press had no problem calling Timothy McVeigh a “home-grown terrorist”, but is loathe to say this guy was anything but “troubled”??? Even trying to blame it on PTSD! I’ve had as much PTSD as this asshat. He’s never even SEEN combat! I’ll wager that had he not been Muslim and was saying all his crap before his shooting rampage, he would’ve gotten his ass kicked both professionally AND physically by the Army. At least I would hope so…

    We have all had political correctness so forced upon this country that now people are dying because of it. “Don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings…”. Maybe those in charge will wake up before this happens again.

    Okay… I feel better now. A little…

  22. Daniel says:

    95, 95, 135, 145, 155, 185PR, 195(x).

    Wimpy PR considering that is my push press PR as well.

  23. Daniel says:

    Eva is gonna hurt tomorrow. The average time to finish was 40’+

  24. Mandee Miller says:

    85 – 95 – 105 – 115 – 125(failed about 5 or 6 times) – then finally 125

  25. Daniel says:

    On the Ft. Hood shootings — I heard a story this morning that suggested this man might have been clinically “psychotic”, and his superiors and peers knew it long before he cracked.

    Worse even, they tried to “bury” him in fort hood. He was such a poor performer, that they thought by putting him on a post with more then enough people to cover his slack, that they hoped he could just “disappear” in wash.


  26. Charlie says:

    Clean and Jerk: got up to 185 for a really ugly PR. My head says, “Push jerk,” but my legs say “split jerk.” Mental problem that I thought I had previously remedied. It’s back and uglier this time.

  27. klowe says:

    235x – Fubar’d from the start
    255 c only
    255 PR

  28. Aaron says:

    Focused on form due to a strained hamstring during Wed’s soccer game

  29. Slade White says:

    EVA as Rx’d


    This one SUCKED!