2015 CrossFit Team Series: Week 1 Workouts Released
The Games are back! And they’re bigger than ever! The first week of the 2015 CrossFit Games was just released and it’s packed with tons of new workouts from some of the best athletes in the world. There are so many great workouts, I don’t even know where to start…but let me give you a few ideas.
1) The Deadlift Challenge – This workout is a perfect example of how the CrossFit Games have evolved over time.
A couple years ago, there were no deadlifts at all in any of these workouts.
They’re everywhere! This challenge is a good way to get your feet wet in the sport of weightlifting before you dive into one of the other workouts.
2) The Olympic Lifting Workout – This workout features some of the most popular exercises in CrossFit, like squats, deadlifts, bench presses and rows.
It also includes two of the most popular lifts in the world of weightlifting, the snatch and the clean and jerk. This workout is perfect for anybody who wants to learn how to do these lifts.
3) The Short but Sweet MetCon – The first few workouts are always all about getting your body ready for the long haul ahead.
This week’s MetCon is short, but it’ll still test your conditioning. You’ll have to do 30 reps of each of five different movements.
It’s a great chance to practice pacing yourself!
4) The 100s – This workout features the infamous 100-pullup workout.
If you’ve been following the Open at all, then you’ll notice this year is different. In the past, this workout has always been 100 pull-ups, but this year it’s 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups and 100 air squats.
That’s right. The triplet is back! You’ll need to pace yourself on this one because you can’t stop in the middle of a set. Start with pull-ups, move onto push-ups and finish with squats and repeat. If you do that, you’ll be done in no time.
The Open is all about testing your all-around strength, stamina and skill. These five workouts will test everything you’ve got.
If you’re new to CrossFit, they’re a great way to dip your toe into the water. If you consider yourself a die-hard CrossFitter, these five workouts are still going to test you. Either way, make sure you warm up properly, test your skills and have fun…it’s the Open!
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The Science of the Female Orgasm
I am a 19 year old girl in my first year at university and my boyfriend and I have been together for about a year now. While things could be better in the relationship, I still get really excited when we have time together.
But lately, I’ve felt like he’s been losing interest in me. To make matters worse, I’ve lost most of my feelings for him. Not really sure what happened there. We still have a lot of fun together, but I just don’t feel that “spark” anymore.
But here’s my problem: I recently learned that he lost his virginity when he was 15 to some girl he had been dating for a few months. Then at 16 he slept with another girl after going to a party.
At 17, he slept with yet another girl after getting drunk at a party. This is all in the past 2 years since we’ve been dating. He has also been sending pornographic pictures of himself to girls (not me) and talking to them about having group meetings where they all sleep with him. While I’m not a prude, I was pretty upset to hear about all this.
I guess I can forgive him considering his age and the animal instinct that takes over, but what really hurts is that he has lied to me about all this stuff. I feel like a fool for not realizing it before.
I also feel like the other girls he has been with have ruined him and I’ll never be able to compete with them or satisfy him. So basically, I’m wondering if I should stay with him or break up with him.
-Losing The Spark
Let’s face it: your boyfriend is an over-sexualized 19 year-old guy that has a tiny libido. It happens.
While that doesn’t excuse him from lying to you or being disrespectful you still have a choice in how you’re going to approach this relationship.
If you do stay with him, don’t waste anymore of your time worrying about what he has or hasn’t done. And definitely don’t waste anymore of your time worrying about what other girls have done or can do for him.
He chose you, so obviously he likes what you’re already doing.
Here are a few other tips to keeping your guy interested:
* Don’t flirt with other guys.
* Don’t talk about other guys. (Yes, even if they’re friends)
* Be supportive of his hobbies. Even if you don’t understand them.
* Buy him gifts that you know he’ll like. (Video games, tools, etc)
You should also remember to maintain some of your own hobbies as well.
The other option is to leave him. If you think that you’ve already lost most of your feelings for him, then it might be time to move on.
And don’t worry, there are plenty more boys out there that would jump at the chance to date you.
Fantasy for Grownups: BDSM
Hey Friedrich, I have a quick question. A good friend of mine recently got into an interesting relationship with a guy she met on campus.
They’re both really into the whole BDSM thing and exploring sexual taboos. I’m not really into any of that stuff, but they seem pretty happy together and it gets them out of my hair for a few hours when they go off to “play”.
Anyway, my question: Is this something I should be worried about?
They’re both adults and they aren’t hurting anyone, but I’m just not sure if this is something I want to associate with.
What would you do?
Don’t be. As long as they’re both consenting adults and no one is being physically or mentally hurt then there isn’t anything to worry about.
There are a lot of people out there that have different sexual fetishes and it’s not your job to judge them just because something isn’t to your personal taste.
That being said, you also shouldn’t associate with them if this makes you upset or uncomfortable. You are under no obligation to be friends with people that make you feel bad.
Dealing With A Breakup
I need some advice from the master of love. Me and my girlfriend have been dating for about 6 months now and everything was going great.
We had a lot in common, had great conversations, and the intimacy was mind blowing. I thought I was an expert at picking things up based on their reactions, but she left me and I don’t understand why.
We were watching TV together when all of a sudden I felt my collar get pulled. I looked behind me and saw her standing there with the most serious look on her face.
I thought she was playing until she started sniffling. Right when I was about to ask her what was wrong, she got on her knees and put my hand in hers.
I started freaking out and pulled away because I could sense something bad was happening. That’s when she said the words that I still don’t understand “Nick, our relationship has been fun, but I think we should see other people.”
She didn’t even want to try working things out or anything, she just wanted to stay friends. I really don’t know what I did wrong.
All I know is that it’s going to take me awhile to get over her…
-Formerly your student
Sometimes there is nothing you can do. Some women just aren’t into you.
They’re boring and static creatures and only think about themselves. On the bright side, you’re now free to pursue another girl that will hopefully be a better fit for you. Everyone ends up with someone; it’s just a matter of finding the person that is right for you.
My advice to you is this: Wait a few months before pursuing another relationship. Getting over someone you thought you would be with forever is hard, so it would be best if you had some time before jumping into another committed relationship.
You might see someone soon that catches your eye anyway.
Dating Multiple People
There’s this girl at school that I’ve had my eye on for a while now, but I’m not sure if she’s interested in me. There’s also another girl in one of my classes that I think might be into me.
I don’t want to risk losing the first one by spending all of my time trying to impress her, but I don’t want to lose out on the second one either.
What should I do?
-Love life dilemma
I don’t think you’re ready for a relationship yet. If you were, you would know what the right choice is here.
You clearly only see these two girls as potential options for your next girlfriend and nothing more. You don’t even give any indication of knowing either of their personalities or anything about them at all, except the fact that you THINK one of them might be into you. You need to get to know people on a deeper level before being able to determine if they’re right for you.
Don’t worry; everyone goes through this. You’ll be able to tell what’s what after hanging out with these girls a few times.
I wouldn’t worry about it too much. She might not even be interested in you at all.
Try to relax and just focus on school for now, there’ll be plenty of time to date once you’re out of college.
Dating One Person
Dear Old Dad,
How come you never told me that under all those book smarts you were such a player?
Granted I only read the parts about your relationships with mom and Alison, but still you could’ve told me you had some experience in this field. I guess it’s a good thing that you didn’t though; I don’t need any more encouragement than I already have. I really should start calling your Oldest friend “uncle” at this point…
I really like this one guy. I mean like REALLY like him.
The only problem is, he’s one of those nice guys that think girls only like jerks. He doesn’t know what he’s missing! I’m probably one of the few girls that would treat him well and not try to take advantage of him.
What am I supposed to do?
I like him too much to just let it go.
I told you not to read that book!
You have a crush on this guy and that’s fine. Everyone gets them and outgrows them.
You’re young; you’ve got plenty of time to find a guy to marry. It doesn’t even have to be this one.
Just talk to him. If you’ve been paying attention to him, then you already know that he’s not the “keep to yourself” type.
He talks to people every day. He’d be a lot more receptive to starting a friendship if it came from you rather than you trying to kiss him. I guarantee that he’d rather have a friend that would talk and hang out with him once in awhile than be chased by girls all the time.
Just think about it, no rush.
You know you can always talk to me about anything right?
I’m always here for you.
Dear Old Dad,
I’m writing this letter to you in hopes that you’ll get to read it one day. You might be mad at me or disappointed in me, but I’ve decided to enlist in the military in order to help pay for mom’s medical bills and to help raise money for the family.
I know you told me there was no rush and that college was still an option for me, but I feel like I need to do this now. It sucks that things had to turn out this way, but I’m sure you did the best you could.
I still love you and will continue to do so no matter what. I know that I’ll be OK.
Tell mom and Megan that I love them and that I’ll try to keep in touch when I can. Let them know that they’re the best sisters anyone could ever have.
I hope that you can forgive me for this decision and not be too disappointed in me.
Your son, David
Dear Old Dad,
I’m writing this letter to you in hopes that you’ll get to read it one day. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to tell you this face to face, mainly because I know you’re still alive and probably wouldn’t understand my reasoning.
I suppose it’s a bit too late for me to say that I wish things were different and that we could’ve been a real family.
I’m sure by now you’ve gotten the news that mom has recently died due to her ongoing battle with cancer. I suppose it’s a bit too late for me to say that I wish we could’ve been closer as a family.
I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but if you do then let me say that I only have fond memories of you. I only regret that my fond memories are all from when I was younger and that for some reason we drifted apart as I got older despite living in the same house.
I love you and I’m sorry that I never really told you before now.
Your daughter, Allison
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