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30 Dumbbell Squat Cleans (45, 30)
Become A Student In Your Own Sport
~ The Glassman Chipper ~
When a pegboard showed up in Event-12 of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games, a lot of people were shocked (and oddly offended). That’s a weird reaction by any follower of a sport in which competitors sign up to face the “unknown and unknowable,” but it’s even weirder when you consider CrossFit’s Founder and CEO wrote about pegboards back in 2002.
In the second issue of the CrossFit Journal, Greg Glassman listed and sourced all the equipment a person would need to turn a garage into a “world-class strength and conditioning facility.” The article, “The Garage Gym,” has been sitting in the CrossFit archives since September 2002, and it’s the third-most-popular of the nearly 4,000 pieces of content. Only the “Level 1 Training Guide” and “What Is Fitness?” outrank it.
And what of the recent announcement regarding the strict muscle-ups at regionals? Glassman didn’t mention kipping once in his “The Muscle-Up” article in 2002. He was clearly detailing the strict movement. All this is to say the CrossFit Journal archives are rich with knowledge, but a lot of people are missing out on it.
From a historical perspective, Glassman’s early articles signaled a new era of fitness, just the way the first Nautilus machines changed the fitness industry in the early ’70s, though many would rightfully contend those machines were a step in the wrong direction. Glassman wrote about topics all but banished by traditional fitness publications. By shedding new light on the disciplines of gymnastics, kettlebell-work, powerlifting, olympic lifting and more—all combined in a constantly varied format—Glassman bent the fitness industry away from selectorized machines and aerobics one Journal article at a time. Beyond that, Glassman’s articles have stood up to scrutiny over the years: They contain the first true definition of fitness, they explain exactly why and how the CrossFit program works, and they detail everything you need to know in order to become very fit. Taken together, they’re like finding the formula for gunpowder.
So, without further ad0, your next workout is a chipper for time… solely bent on challenging your mind. Glassman did, after all, say “The greatest adaptation to CrossFit takes place between the ears.” Below is a collection of Glassman’s earliest CrossFit Journal writings from April 2002 to March 2004—38 articles published over two years. Your challenge is to read or reread them all in order.
Attention spans are short, and it’s far easier to get click-baited into a rabbit hole of top 10’s and celebrity gossip, with ample distractions provided by text messages, facebook notifications and snapchats. Some will definitely ask “why bother…” before hitting Instagram to double-tap hearts onto an ocean of slow-motion snatch videos.
“Foundations,” published April 2002.
“The Garage Gym,” published September 2002.
“What Is Fitness?” published October 2002.
“Strategies for a 7 Minute 2K on the Concept II Rower,” published November 2002.
“The Muscle-Up,” published November 2002.
“Glycemic Index,” published November 2002.
“Squat Clinic,” published December 2002.
“Ergometer Scores and Hall of Fame Workouts,” published December 2002.
“Fast Food,” published December 2002.
“A Postural Error—A Costly Biomechanical Fault: Muted Hip Function (MHF),” published January 2003.
“The Overhead Lifts,” published January 2003.
“Interview: Coach Greg Glassman,” published January 2003.
“The Odd Lifts,” published January 2003.
“Hooverball,” published February 2003.
“Theoretical Template for CrossFit’s Programming,” published February 2003.
“Seniors and Kids,” published February 2003.
“The Push-Up,” published March 2003.
“Police Training,” published March 2003.
“A Better Warm-Up,” published April 2003.
“How Fit Are You?” published April 2003.
“The Pull-Up,” published April 2003.
“Two Training Aids,” published May 2003.
“Three Important Ab Exercises,” published May 2003.
“Beginners’ Workout,” published May 2003.
“Metabolic Conditioning Glossary,” published June 2003.
“Interval Generator,” published June 2003.
“Metabolic Conditioning,” published June 2003.
“The Clean,” published July 2003.
“Anatomy and Physiology for Jocks,” published August 2003.
“The Deadlift,” published August 2003.
“Functionality and Wall Ball,” published August 2003.
“Benchmark Workouts,” published September 2003.
“Really Cool Homemade Parallettes,” published September 2003.
“Team Workouts,” published October 2003.
“Nutrition: Avoiding Metabolic Derangement,” published November 2003.
“Handstands,” published January 2004.
“Macroclimbing,” published February 2004.
“What Is CrossFit?” published March 2004.