Crossfit

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Crossfit princple is strength and training program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations unit, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide (What is crossfit, 2012). Their main purpose is to make you the perfect athlete, not make you great in one general physical skill like strength or conditioning, but make you good in each of the ten general physical skills there are (cardiovascular/respiratory, endurance, stamina, strength, flexibly, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy). The great thing about Crossfit is it is designed for universal scalability making it perfect for anyone from beginner to expert. Since the focus of Crossfit is to make athletes good at every aspect of exercise, people achieve outstanding improvements in body composition, health makers such as blood pressure and cholesterol, and physical performance in sport and in daily life. Crossfit also makes exercising fun and competitive as you exercise with other people so you have someone always pushing you to finish and make you a better athlete. Most of the exercises done take you to the point you either want to quit or you think you can’t, but  when you finish that WOD (workout of the day), you feel great physically but also mentally knowing if you can do this exercise, you can take anything thrown at you.

Crossfit was founded by former gymnast Greg Classman, and the first affiliated Crossfit gym opened in Santa Cruz, California in 1995 (Brief History of Crossfit, 2012).  The popularity of Crossfit has taken off recent years, from only having 18 affiliated Crossfit gyms in 2005 to over 3,400 in 2012. Some reasons for the big rise in popularity is its something new for people to try out and really enjoy, it makes people more physically and mentally strong, and probably the biggest reason is it inspires people to think and dream of what we are capable of when pushed, just like sports or the olympics. Crossfit has gotten so popular that they have created the “Crossfit Games” which is an event that find who is the most fitted person on earth. Only starting in the year 2007, Crossfit games has gotten so big and popular, it embarked a partnership with ESPN to spread the sport of fitness to a wider audience than ever before.

Video of what Crossfit is all about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzD9BkXGJ1M

*Images provided by Crossfit Cube

References:

“What is Crossfit?.” Crossfit Games History. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jun 2012. <http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/what-crossfit.html&gt;.

“Brief History of Crossfit.” Iota Crossfit. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jun 2012. <http://crossfitiota.com/about-us/brief-history-of-crossfit/&gt;.

“Finding the fittest on Earth.” Crossfit Games History. n. page. Print. <http://games.crossfit.com/about-the-games/history&gt;.

“Cube About us page.” Crossfit Cube. n. page. Print. <http://thecrossfitcube.com/cube-about-us-page/&gt;.

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Lebron James Decision

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Enter Lebron James, a phenom of a basketball player since his junior year in High School (yes, High School) that was picked first overall in the NBA Draft by his hometown state Cleveland. He would play seven amazing seasons, win two MVP (Most Valuable Player) award’s and took his hometown team to the NBA Finals (they lost). Now with his contract expired, Lebron has to make a difficult decision to either stay in his hometown and be a local hero forever and win more money than anyone can imagine, or explore free agency and see what team suits him best to play his next six to seven years and most important, to win a championship.

Four teams were in the running for his services: The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, and the Miami Heat. Lebron James was ready to make his decision, the way he made the decision however, will be in media history forever. The decision was going to be broadcast live on Television all over the country. Never has a player in history made a decision to join a team on live television…. He did not know what was coming next.

Jim Gray: Lebron, everyone wants to know, what is your decision?

Lebron James:  In this fall, this is very tough, in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.

Lebron James now joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to form the “Big three” promised championships for Miami. Everything was going to plan… right? What Lebron forgot to think about is what he did to the state of Cleveland, from being the number one fan favorite in the state to now the most hated man in the state. Shortly after the decision was made, reactions of residents in Cleveland were being filmed and there were people crying and so depressed about his decision, they were also enraged and started to take their frustration on the streets on Cleveland. His decision not only impacted Cleveland negatively, but the whole country started to hate Lebron because they think he took the easy way out by joining two great players to win a championship. From being the number one fan favorite in Cleveland and being loved around the country, to now being the number one enemy and being hated by all NBA cities, the decision changed the whole NBA landscape forever.

decision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTeCc8jy7FI

fans reaction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS6ThX4XeJg&feature=related

References:

Mahoney, Rob. “Bleacher Report.” Bleacher Report. (2012): n. page. Print. <http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1280052-the-trickling-after-effects-of-lebron-james-decision&gt;.