The verdict is still out – he is an iconoclast for sure, he may be a complete nutter, or he may be on to something (or a combination of the three). I’m keeping an open mind and trying to synthesize the salient points that have relevance for my life and training goals. Interested in others’ opinions.
A recent WOD at Crossfit Ignite prescribed 10 rounds of (15 deadlifts at 135 lbs. + 15 pushups), for time. Because the deadlift is a core exercise that simulates the central part of the rowing stroke’s power curve, and because pushups are a weakness for me, I decided to focus on performing the deadlift sets at the equivalent of 35 strokes per minute. I knew that the pushups would be slower, but my goal was to average out at just over 30 strokes per minute, breaking 10 minutes for the WOD, and I was successful in doing this. I am going to take this approach to other exercises that simulate rowing motions: box jumps, ring rows, squats, and even wall ball shots. It’s a great way to focus on a goal and relate it mentally to a motion I am familiar with. It’s also a great way to improve the specificity of training in Crossfit WODs to rowing.