CrossFit Math

Today’s Workout
Three rounds for time of:
30 Kettlebell Swings (24/16)
30 Box Jumps
500m RowIf I ask you to do a relatively simple math calculation just after a workout… like adding up a series of point totals… 23, 30, 15, 9, 19 (common scores from Fight Gone Bad), or your actual run time during a workout if your start time was 11:30 and you finished at 19:07, may of you fail, and fail BIG! These simple calculations with a clear head become practically insurmountable math equations that feel unsolvable in the moment (or result in really bad, really inaccurate workout scores).

Given that we are part of a community that is obsessed with physical self-improvement, can you see how improving your mental acuity post workout (or any time for that matter) is improvement that matters? I sure do. I say that improving my ability to think clearly under duress is potentially a major benefit to my health and well being if and when life circumstances require me to be able to run, jump, push, fight AND think. It is certainly a skill that can be practiced… and one of the easiest way is to practice regularly, when NOT under duress. Learn new Practice regular

And how would you like an awesome, and completely free place to go online to do this? The Khan Academy. It’s a free site with thousands of educational videos in the areas of math, science, humanities and test prep and exercises to test your skill at everything from simple addition and subtraction to algebra, calculus, geometry, and differential equasions. I discovered it yesterday and got hooked for about 45 minutes doing a bunch of the early, easy math practice sessions. Check it out – and take regular time-outs to train your brain. Let me know what you think!


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