How fast can you stand back up?
Humility is an interesting feeling.  Humility generally comes when you are at the top of your game, when you strut gets longer, your shoulders get taller, and your head gets bigger…then you fall. 
Get Comfortable at being Uncomfortable…
In Crossfit you don’t ever know what your WOD is going to be.  In life you don’t always know what your day is going to bring.  You MUST be well rounded to be fully prepared; you must become good across varied times and with different exercises. (Crossfit says train at High Intensity across broad times and modal domains.) 
The end of that sentence above is…because that is the only way you will continue to improve.  CrossFit is about constantly varying functional movements.  If you are strong and comfortable with clean and jerks your going to want to do that exercise all the time because you know your good at it, and your Grace time is probably going to be pretty stellar.  How much are you going to get from that?  When you train what your good or harder with what you good at you improve less overall than when you train what your bad at.  Work what your bad at, less comfortable with, and get better as a whole crossfitter; as a person in life.  Are you comfortable?
Humility knocked me on my ass…
I was humbled by my good friend Brian Kunitzer.  BK took the Level II test last night and was focused, practiced, prepared and encouraging all the while.  There is absolutely no way Brian could have passed this test three months ago…he couldn’t do pull-ups and he certainly couldn’t do 50 of them in 4 minutes after a 14 minute two mile run.  You can watch him working his ass off in every class he participates in, and it showed.  He couldn’t do pull-ups, so he trained to get better at them, all the while improving in every aspect of his workouts.
I was humbled by Matt Blanton who not long ago broke his foot and still came to the Level II, rowed 3200 meters, did all 50 pull-ups, completed the overhead squats and clean and jerks and when he knew he wouldn’t pass, did all 50 burpees side by side with BK.  Congrats Matt, hell of an effort and great example.
I was humbled by the test, I was humbled by overhead squats and clean and jerks, and I my overconfidence was humbled by my failure.  The day I failed Level II was when I stopped trying to make myself better each and every day and it showed at game time.
The next challenge…

When an athlete becomes complacent in what they are doing they will most surely lose.  When a person becomes complacent in life they will most surely fail. Be satisfied with what you have accomplished and celebrate your achievement.  Then work to better you performance and yourself everyday.  That is MY December CrossFit Scottsdale challenge, and I challenge YOU to join.
Congratulations to Brian Kunitzer, the only Level II student.  I am truly proud of you and your Level II achievement last night and I am thankful for your friendship.  I continue to learn from you each day and hopefully for many years to come.

Jon Kaufman

Level 2 Test "Orange Band"

Wednesday at 7pm. Spectators are welcome.

There will be 3 parts to the Level 2 test. You must pass each part in order to move on. Participants must have completed and passed the Level 1 test “white band” to qualify for Level 2.

Part I

2 mile run + 50 pull-ups in under 20 min (men)
2 mile run + 25 pull-ups in under 25 min (women)

Part II

10 Clean & Jerks at body weight + 10 Over Head Squats at 3/4 body weight  in under 10 min (men)
10  Clean & Jerks at 3/4 body weight +10 Over Head Squats at 1/2 body weight in under 12 min (women)

Part III

50 Burpees in under 4 min (Men + Women)

"Explode Like a June Bug"

Today’s theme: Explosive Power and Strength
Work on it, Get it, Do it!

Warm Up: 1K Row
7 rounds of 10 V-ups
10 push ups
10 high jumps

Skill: Double Unders…EXPLODE!

21 Single Arm Kettle Bell Swings 20#/40#
21 Pull ups-Strict
50 Double Unders
15 Single Arm KB Swings
15 Pull Ups
30 Double Unders
9 Single Arm KB Swings
9 Pull Ups
10 Double Unders

Sumo Monday

Warm Up:  5 rounds
200 meter sprint/250 meter row sprint

Skill:  Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) & Squat Clean

 10 SDHP/ 1 Squat Clean
9 SDHP/2 Squat Cleans
8 SDHP/ 3 Squat Cleans
7 SDHP/ 4 Squat Cleans
1 SDHP/ 10 Squat Cleans



"The Lumberjack 20" A WOD to honor the fallen…

20 Deadlifts (275lbs)
Run 400m
20 KB swings (2pood)
Run 400m
20 Overhead Squats (115lbs)
Run 400m
20 Burpees
Run 400m
20 Pullups (Chest to Bar)
Run 400m
20 Box jumps (24″)
Run 400m
20 DB Squat Cleans (45lbs each)
Run 400m

Posted from

“On Nov. 5 at 1:34 p.m., a terrorist named Major Nidal Hasan attacked fellow soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas. When the shooting ended, he had killed 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounded 43 others.

Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tennessee, Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah, Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Spc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minnesota, along with eleven of the wounded were active CrossFitters in the 20th Engineer Battalion, home to Lumberjack CrossFit.

This workout is in honor these soldiers, one month after the murderous rampage. We are asking the CrossFit community to make donations in honor of these soldiers at”

We set out today to honor those killed in the Fort Hood shooting and we found ourselves not only doing just that but having one of the best showings of camaraderie, community, and hard work I have been a part of here at CrossFit Scottsdale!  Congrats to all 22 students and our visitors from Colorado and Hong Kong who put out a stellar performance today worthy of a Lumberjack!  Special thanks goes to CrossFit Scottsdale Ambassador BK for being a part of the “pit” crew; Coach Bryon for running and organizing this awesome day; and to all of the coaches, and students keeping people inspired and having fun during the WOD.  See more pictures from today on the CrossFit Scottsdale fan page on



~Coach Tiffany

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