The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Sound check with the Boz.
Damn! Music sure can fire you up. As humans, we like to be masters of our environment. What better way to exhibit our dominion over our surroundings by organizing vibrations into emotional landscapes? Top-of-the-food-chain-indeed!
Now, not everyone responds the same to all music the same way (that would be boring), but we can all agree that the right tune at the right time can get you through the darkness. It has been said that if you need music for motivation, maybe CrossFit isn't for you (I agree), but there's a difference between needing music to perform and harnessing it's natural awesome-ness to continue kicking ass when you otherwise wouldn't. War-chants, rallying cries and percussive motivation have all been present in many cultures for thousands of years. To think this is a co-incidence is, in my opinion, a mistake.
Enter the workout:
CrossFit is a very human struggle; the test of one's mettle has been part of our self-identification for generations. If you're asking me, music should also be human in nature. We CrossFitters eschew over-produced, shiny, perfect 'gyms' because we realize that at some point something was lost...I want my musical choices to be real also. You can find albums of any genre that are made by genuine artists, not faceless pop-generators.
Here are some tunes to add to your play list (maybe not all on the same 'list unless you're like me and want some extreme variety). I hate having to pick a 'top-whatever list', so let's just call this THE BEGINNING:
Supernaut, Black Sabbath: My favorite Sabbath song. Ever. As raw as Tommi Iommi's home-made finger prosthetics (how else do you think he got that sweet metallic tone? If you're not down with Ozzy-era Sabbath I'm afraid we can't really hang out...
Chafa Khan, Brown Out: Bringing back the party-in-the-background-play-your-ass-off style of the '70s. These guys rule.
Into the Ground, Acid King: Let's get a bit heavy for a minute, shall we? Simple, epic and unrelenting. Just like your workouts should be. Music to destroy your speakers with. Bonus points for being San Franciscans.
Jerusalem, Sleep: While we're destroying speakers, let's talk about one of the heaviest (and finest) albums ever. One song, 52 minutes of pure awesome. Especially good for long runs and heavy lifts. You may need to belt-up to carry your ipod after you've got this bad-boy on there...
Sun Dance Or Mescal Rite 1, Or Ghost Dance, Tomahawk: Based on traditional Native American chants and rituals, this is like nothing you've ever heard before. Spine-tingling. Todd's favorite.
SuperUnFrontable Or Dragunov, Anti-Pop Consortium: Hip hop for the 3030 CrossFit Games. Bump it on your hover-board. The album 'Fluorescent Black' is great top to bottom.
Hearts Alive, Mastodon: EPIC. 'Leviathan' is their masterworks. 'Remission' hauls serious ass too.
Goat Rider's Hoard, Or Trial Of Champions, Or Demon's Blade, 3 Inches of Blood: The finest Canadian thrash metal. The last minute of Demon's Blade could get stuck on repeat for days and I wouldn't mind....3 Inches of Blood, 2 singers, 1 motivated individual!
The Bones, Tweak Bird: A great reminder. God bless Fuzz guitar. And David for bringing this band to my attention.
Ok. Now your job is to go forth and get motivated. Hopefully there's something on the list that will get you moving...
'Till next time,