See’s candy typology. Photography by Lichelle Jenkins.
"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice."
— Ocatavia E. Butler
There’s this series of deep philosophical spray paint graffiti scattered around UP Diliman. Walking around campus and seeing these will make you pause and think multiple times.
There’s a clear and logical reason why in CrossFit, we determine our barbell weights for our WODs as a percentage of our one rep max. Notice the number preceding the word “rep”? Yup, it’s one. Like the number of brains each person necessarily should have. It’s because when we lift Olympic-style, we only lift once. When we do multiple repetitions of a certain movement, on the other hand, then it must follow that we use just a fraction of our (single rep) maximum. Never in my twelve months of doing CrossFit was I or anybody encouraged to sacrifice form for repetition. In fact, form is so important that ugly reps don’t count at all.
If you’re afraid of injury, blow a huge ass bubble and live in it. Don’t ever drive or ride a car, because people die of car accidents everyday. Stop eating things with gluten or sugar or alcohol or burnt parts or trans fat. Don’t go to the beach to go surfing because you might develop skin cancer or drown or get bitten by a shark. Don’t play football, you might stub your toe. Whatever you do, don’t do CrossFit. It’s not for you. Instead, sit behind a computer to write articles about what you don’t do and explain why you don’t do them.
Like a good pair of jeans, and as with many things in life, I suppose that athletic training is a matter of both taste and suitability. CrossFit isn’t for everyone and it doesn’t claim to be, but just because it’s not for you doesn’t mean it’s terrible. And just because it’s popular and crazy expensive doesn’t mean it’s full of shit. If it were, then yoga is just one huge pile of it – which we all know it isn’t.
Do humanity a favor and write about something you love. Last time I heard, chefs didn’t write books about things they didn’t cook.
Kirby asked me today what are the chances that Tiptip and I will date each other and I said 0-80% but why bother when what we have is 100% more special. So long, Tiptip!! I will miss you!!