The Glassman Chipper: Week 35 "Nutrition: Avoiding Metabolic Derangement"

CrossFit was/is on the low carb-high fat side of nutrition while much of the commercial fitness, generic science, and media culture was preaching high carb-low fat.  First published in 2003, Coach Glassman states "We write here today gloating. Gloating because it is our perception that we are decisively winning the diet war."

The Glassman Chipper: Week 34 "Team Workouts"

Though each person chooses to pursue their higher level fitness on their own, the efficacy and espirit de corps created by a training as part of a "team" was something that CrossFit was not specifically addressing.  Week 34 "Team Workouts" fills the void.  

The Glassman Chipper: Week 31 "Functionality & Wall Ball"

Argument: CrossFit's definition of functional relies more on irreducibility and universality of motor recruitment than the alternatives, which better resemble rehabilitation and "core" auxiliary work.  Coach Glassman explores the idea that functional movements performed at high intensity can yield a cardiorespiratory response greater than that of mono-structural conditioning activities.  For example: The CrossFit WOD is programmed to provide you more benefit than a long slow bike ride (unless you are training for a long slow bike ride).

The Glassman Chipper: Week 28 "The Clean"

The Glassman Chipper: Week 28 "The Clean"

In Week 28 of the Glassman Chipper challenge, Coach Glassman discusses The Clean.  Simply put "moving a load (in the Olympic sense, a barbell) from at rest on the ground, to the shoulders."  Attempts to refine this movement technique as an athlete and/or a coach prove that "putting it simply" and "executing it simply" are at two opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Glassman Chipper: Week 27 "Metabolic Conditioning"

There is a lot going on in this article, but the key takeaways are: fast-explosive training done in appropriately programmed intervals can provide all of the "pros" of long-slow aerobic training AND CrossFit aims to build "powerful fast athletes," not slow, low powered, fuel-efficient athletes.

The Glassman Chipper: Week 24 "A Beginner's Routine"

The Week 24 Glassman Chipper article explains how 2003-era Coach Glassman would offer workout routine guidance to beginners with limited equipment.  In focusing on Walk/Jog/Run, Deadlift, Push Press, and Squat he generated a 12-week program that steadily increases athlete capability with high-payoff functional movements.