Competing in the Creative

Competing in the Creative

One of my private clients, who is not a gym member, asked me why on Earth would we have a pie baking contest? “Isn’t that against what CrossFitters believe?” I was a little taken aback — and then I thought about how CrossFitters are perceived in general, like crazed Paleos who only eat bacon and vegetables. I also thought to myself that she has no clue how a CrossFitter can binge on some straight-up crap.

But none of this has to do with why or why not we are hosting a pie-baking contest. Firstly, we recognize that just because a member doesn’t want to compete physically, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to compete in other ways – in something they feel completely confident. Mainly, we realized during last year’s Chili/Cookie Cook Off that we have some very talented cooks at our gym, and it’s time to showcase that again.

About five years ago, I was on track to becoming a professional vegan baker. Baking was not (just) a way for me to shovel treats into my face seven days a week. It was the creativity of baking that really attracted me the most. It was finessing the ingredients into new, interesting combinations and making the outcome as beautiful as possible. Baking was incredibly artistic to me yet to get my creations to rise properly (especially in vegan baking) and to taste great, the art also had to be very precise. I loved the mediation of it. I loved the old-timeyness and the simplicity of it. And man, everything was so pretty!

Good cooks are creative beings – and from I see on the Food Network, very competitive as well. I can’t wait to see all your lovely creations and tasty interpretations at the Pies & Potluck when we throw down on July 11.


Friday’s Workout
Mental Toughness

21 Deadlifts (225/155)
400m Run
5 rounds of Cindy
15 Deadlifts
400m run
5 rounds of Cindy
9 Deadlifts
400m Run
5 rounds of Cindy
**See 9/21/14**

And Coming Monday

A) QAMRAP 10 at ≤70 RPE
10 Ring rows
20 Box jumps (24/20)
30 Air squats
–SOMSAVS scoring–

B) FQL, working up across sets
3 Sets
300m Run + 10 Front squats



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