Monday 100927

"Cindy"

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

Or

"Mary"

Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Handstand push-ups
10 One legged squats, alternating
15 Pull-ups

Post your choice of girls and rounds completed to comments.

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 Catherine, Gerson and a Chan leg, getting it done as a team.

Why "Cindy" or "Mary"?  The development of a well rounded athlete does not end with being able to complete certain tasks, such as muscle-ups, handstand push-ups, or even pull-ups.  A beginner may choose "Cindy" because of the relative ease of the movements.  Others may choose "Cindy" because they use this workout to benchmark their current level of fitness.  But the question that begs to be answered is – why "Mary"?

Anyone who has completed "Cindy" knows that as the rounds progress, completing the individual components of a round becomes more and more difficult.  For instance, the push-ups during rounds 1-10 go unbroken with relative ease, but the later rounds become very difficult – breaking the set of 10 one, two, three and more times.  Similarly, for many people completing a few handstand push-ups or pistols is fairly easy.  But, as we fatigue, these movements become increasingly difficult to complete.

I look at these two workouts as a progression in body control.  When completing 18+ rounds of "Cindy" becomes fairly easy – it's time to swallow your pride and attempt "Mary".  At first glance, "Mary" doesn't appear to be that difficult.  But if an athlete approaches "Mary" with the same intensity (read: power output) as he/she would "Cindy", the athlete will learn a potent lesson regarding body control while fatigue has set in. After all, 20 minutes of handstand push-ups, pistols, and higher rep pull-ups, you discover that Mary is no joke! Which girl will you choose?

Comments

  1. Matt :

    MARY!!!

  2. CC :

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/health/policy/25vegetables.html?_r=2&src=twt&twt=nytimeshealth
    Also really like today’s mainsite quote:
    Someone said to Voltaire, “Life is hard.” Voltaire replied, “Compared to what?”

  3. Blake :

    Cindy, 17 rounds 7 reps. Need to work on those handstand push ups before I meet Mary.

  4. Dan Y :

    Cindy and Mary are both pirate hookers. Asking me to choose between them is like asking me which side of the face you should punch me on…. Right side please.

  5. Jack :

    Can’t make it to the gym tonight… recommended sub for pullups?

  6. James :

    I chose Cindy. I made it 16 rounds.
    I thought this quote from Cherie’s article was interesting, particularly in connection with the Voltaire quote: “We have to make the healthy choice the easy choice,” Dr. Foltz said.
    It seems to me that maybe we (as a society) are going about this health thing the wrong way. We’ve always assumed that people are fundamentally lazy and that we need to make it easier for them to get in shape in order to get them to do it (see, Shakeweight or that ridiculous horseriding imitation device). But that’s never going to work.
    I think that what we have to do is make doing the hard thing more appealing. I think people are willing to work hard and accept a challenge if they know that their lives will be better for it. What I don’t know is how to convince/show them that their lives will be better. I think that crossfit, as a grassroots movement, has the potential to do that. The problem is that it reaches the people who already recognize that the hard thing is better in the end. I have no idea how to reach the rest of the people and convince them.
    Fortunately, that’s Matt and Cherie’s job – not mine.

  7. Andy :

    Jack, sub the Shakeweight for pullups.

  8. Jack :

    Thanks Andy. That will really prepare me for the late nights at my sultry alternative employment arrangement…

  9. CC :

    I’m assuming you’re at a condo gym? Deadlifts at super light weight would work. pulling and pulling

  10. Cruz :

    Shakeweight FTW!
    Just when you think you’re good at pull-ups, push-ups and squats Cindy is here to remind you that your endurance sucks.
    Thanks Cindy.

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