CrossFit vs. crossfit

CrossFit vs. crossfit

As CrossFit has exploded in popularity over the past few years, there has been an increased focus on the safety of the programming.   As with anything with a large number of followers, media scrutiny will soon follow. It is this media investigation that has been such an annoyance to the business of CrossFit. To alleviate some confusion, for the sake of this post, I will here-after refer to the CrossFit corporate identity as “HQ”.     Just as the CrossFit Games (HQ’s premier event crowing the fittest person on earth) were coming to a close,  ESPN aired an Outside the Lines segment highlighting some incidents of people being injured while working out.  Predictably, HQ released a statement rebutting some information in the piece. In the statement, HQ focused on the fact that two of the injuries discussed during the segment did not occur at sanctioned HQ events/affiliated gyms.  This is true.  The injuries did not occur during the CrossFit Games process or at an affiliated HQ facility, but does that really matter and is that really what HQ is fighting against? The answer, I believe, is a resounding no.  HQ is fighting to hold onto the name “crossfit”. Directly from the HQ website (What is CrossFit?)is this statement: “CrossFit itself is defined as that which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity).” CrossFit.com So by that definition, it should not matter where the activity is performed.  Whether an affiliated gym or not, it’s the activity that defines the word, not the company.  They then immediately follow that up with: “CrossFit is also the community that...

Wind Chill…What Does It Mean?

Wind Chill With all the recent cold weather, the term “Wind Chill” has been extensively used to describe just how cold it FEELS outside.  But what does that mean?  How is it computed?  What is the basis behind this seemingly subjective measure of “temperature”?  I hope to answer some of this along with a brief history of the term “wind chill”. History Prior to 1945 everyone knew that it felt colder under windy conditions but there was no objective measure to report to the public.  It was in 1945 that Paul Siple and Charles Passel published a paper quantifying the impact of wind on apparent temperature.  They used a pretty simple experiment to test come up with their numbers.  A vessel of near freezing water was set in various temperatures and wind conditions and was timed to observe how long it took to freeze.  Of course, when you think about it, there are several problems with this original wind-chill methodology including, but not limited to, that they were measuring energy loss, not temperature.  So you would not get wind chill temperature, you would instead receive a number representing the amount of energy lost in an hour over 1 square meter. It was not until 1998 that Robert Quayle and Robert Steadman released a paper titled “The Steadman Wind Chill: An Improvement over Present Scales”.  What Steadman did was expand on the work done by Siple and Passel but took into consideration the natural heating of the human body by its own metabolism.  Steadman had experience with how heat is lost and gained in the human body and used this...
A Welcome Post to My Son

A Welcome Post to My Son

In the middle of the afternoon on the seventh of November, I experienced what was quite possibly the best moment of my life.  Shane Martin O’Donnell was brought into this world screaming and it was the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard.  Grand ideas for an epic blog post went through my head, do I post about how the country has just re-elected Barack Obama?  Or is a post on how the economy is faultering?  Maybe something about the billboard number one single (One More Night by Maroon 5) or number one movie (Wreck it Ralph)?  Each of these are nice topics that might help him realize what the world was like when he arrived, but none of it was me.  Then I realized something, I am a giant weather dork and it’s rare that someone knows what the weather was like at the exact moment of their entrance into the world.  So without further ado; Shane this is what the world of weather was like when you were born.   In the United States, the second strong storm of the season impacted the Northeast.  This storm dropped more than 4 inches of snow through an area from NJ through Massachusetts   In fact, it was the earliest Central Park has recorded more than 4 inches of snow in its long history!  Normally this storm would be nothing more than a nuisance, but unfortunately there was a historic storm the week before which caused massive destruction in the Big Apple as well as most of the Jersey shore.  I’m positive it will be back to normal before you get a chance to visit, but...

Quick NYC Update

The exerts below speaks loudly as to what the impact of this storm could be.  Please if you have the moment read the entire post, http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2278   the destructive potential of the storm surge was exceptionally high: 5.7 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is a higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed between 1969 – 2005, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and Andrew.   That is pretty impressive!  But what doe this mean to property in NYC?  Sandy’s storm surge will be capable of overtopping the flood walls in Manhattan, which are only five feet above mean sea level. On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought a storm surge of 4.13′ to Battery Park on the south side of Manhattan. The waters poured over the flood walls into Lower Manhattan, but came 8 – 12″ shy of being able to flood the New York City subway system. According to the latest storm surge forecast for NYC from NHC, Sandy’s storm surge is expected to be several feet higher than Irene’s. Several FEET higher, not inches.  This would be catastrophic to the NYC subway system.  Definitely something worth keeping an eye on as we head into this week.  I do hope that the water does not make it to the subway system, but it can not be ignored.  ...