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Tire Flipping

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Fat Stigma Becoming the Norm

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Fat Stigma Spreads Around the Globe

What are your thoughts on this –Do you feel anger or annoyance at overweight people? Do you feel that it’s their fault and deserve no understanding or empathy?  It’s interesting reading this that it’s not just a feeling pervasive in the Anglosphere – but is becoming world wide. Is it because it represents someone out of control or does it bring out the fear that people have within themselves? Lot’s of questions —

At a time when global health officials are stepping up efforts to treat obesity as a worrisome public health threat, some researchers are warning of a troubling side effect: growing stigma against fat people.

Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City. A Mexican public health campaign shows fat people eating greasy food.Mario Guzman/, via European Pressphoto Agency Madonna’s Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City. A Mexican public health campaign shows fat people eating greasy food.

“Of all the things we could be exporting to help people around the world, really negative body image and low self-esteem are not what we hope is going out with public health messaging,” said Alexandra Brewis, executive director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

Dr. Brewis and her colleagues recently completed a multicountry study intended to give a snapshot of the international zeitgeist about weight and body image. The findings were troubling, suggesting that negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive, according to a new report in the journal Current Anthropology.

The researchers elicited answers of true or false to statements with varying degrees of fat stigmatization. The fat-stigma test included statements like, “People are overweight because they are lazy” and “Some people are fated to be obese.”

…Dr. Brewis said she fully expected high levels of fat stigma to show up in the “Anglosphere” countries, including the United States, England and New Zealand, as well as in body-conscious Argentina. But what she did not expect was how strongly people in the rest of the testing sites expressed negative attitudes about weight. The results, Dr. Brewis said, suggest a surprisingly rapid “globalization of fat stigma.”

CrossFit: Keep an Open Mind

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This morning was tough — less than 12 hours earlier I did a WOD and here I am again, working out.

Warmupx2
20 DU/40 SU
10 OHS
10 Good Mornings
10 Hollow Rocks
10 Pull ups (2 min dead hang p/ups)

Skill
Handstand Walks
Med Ball Cleans

WOD
5 RFT
15 Med Ball Cleans (14lb)
15 Wall Balls (10lb)
time: 11:17(?)

A friend of mine recently started up at a CrossFit in Canada and has remarked about how he isn’t feeling like he is getting a good hard core workout because some of them last less than 10 mins. I asked some folks about this at my box– because it was definitely something I had to get used to. We are trained to believe that you have to work your ass off for a long time to see results — I am not disputing that you have to work our ass off at all. I am starting to realize that it doesn’t have to last an extra ordinary amount of time though.

Since I started at CrossFit Impavidus, I have seen myself get stronger and leaner. I would not have believed this was possible when I started after seeing some workouts lasting 10 mins or less! But coach Jerry told me his theory — think about a gymnast and how they train. The actual hard core, go at it routine doesn’t last that long and the rest is strength work. Being upside down, core, balance — They do their bar routine, then rest and wait while their team mates take a shot, then get back on it. So it’s not this long, drawn out series of exercises — and they do not do a concentrated ab workout at all. Everything you are doing should, in theory, engage your core so you are working it with every workout. It’s a completely different way to think about working out and for me — I have seen huge gains in strength since February – which was when I began to do CrossFit 100% of the time. I can do 3 dead hang pull ups with no assistance. I can do Double Unders. I am super close to doing a handstand solo….the list goes on.

I know there is no way to convince people that its what you do and how you workout, now how long you workout, that’s the key. And proper form and technique make all the difference. It also depends on what you are training for –All I ask, is that you keep an open mind when trying CrossFit out. It’s not like any workout you have probably ever tried, but it works.

Sometimes you scream like a girl…

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So don’t kill me but I headed to CrossFit last night. I love Nate, one of the trainers –he’s a great coach and it’s rare that I get to workout with him since he doesn’t do the morning classes, so any chance I get to sneak out and go to his evening class — I do. Which now that I know what this morning’s workout was, maybe wasn’t the best idea — lots of wall ball work!

Warmupx2
Sampson stretch
10 OHS
20 DU/40 SU
10 Good Mornings
10 Pull Ups (2 min dead hang p/ups)
10 Hollow Rocks

Skill
Handstand push up progressions

WOD
5 RFT
15 KB Swings 35lb
Wall Balls 14lb/10lb
9 Ring Dips (blue band)
Time: 10:11 (I think I did 6 rounds actually)

CrossFit Impavidus is catching on and we have more members than ever! Last night, we had 16 people come for the 730p class. It was packed! While we practiced our Handstand progressions, we broke up into 2 groups. You really get to know people when you have to do a tripod headstand while they all look on. There are sometimes, some positions no one needs to see you in! And — if you happen to have balance issues and you fall and scream like a girl, yeah there is no covering it up and you will be reminded of it from all of your CFI pals. I have news for them, I am a girl and sometimes, I scream like one!

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