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Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Photos and more below.
Photos and more below.

Last week, the folks at Estately.com ranked Colorado fifth on its roster of the ten best states for hippies. But in the site's latest list, Our Fair State places even higher. The subject? The geography of enthusiasm for CrossFit, a multifaceted exercise philosophy whose fans tend to become so obsessed that they "can't shut the fuck up about it," according to the site.

Continue to count down the photo-illustrated top ten, complete with figures and criteria for each state that made the cut, interspersed with Wikipedia info about common movements for those of you who haven't yet caught CrossFit fever. To visit the original post, click here.

Number 10: Florida

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 15th: 1/44,614

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 23rd -- 6.03 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 4th -- 88

Common CrossFit movements:

Calisthenics

Air squat

Athlete moves from the standing position to a squatting position with the hips below the knees, and back to standing. One-legged air squats are referred to as pistols.

Push-up

Starting in a plank position with the arms straight, the athlete lowers until the chest makes contact with the ground, keeping the body straight throughout, and making sure the elbows track straight back instead of out, then pushes back up into the plank position. Variations include weighted push-ups and ring push-ups, in which the hands are supported just above the ground by gymnastics rings.

Pull-up

Starting from a hanging position with straight arms, the athlete pulls up until the chin is over the bar. Variations include: strict, in which no swinging is allowed; kipping, in which momentum is used to help complete the movement; weighted, in which extra weight is hung from the athlete; chest-to-bar, in which the ending point of the movement is higher, and the chest makes contact with the bar; jumping, in which the legs are used to help propel the athlete upwards; assisted, in which an elastic band allows the movement to be completed with less than full body weight.

Number 8 (tie): Connecticut

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 13th: 1/42,810

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 7th -- 7.28 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 20th -- 64

Calisthenics, continued

Lunge

Athlete takes a large step forward, bends the forward knee until the back knee makes contact with the ground, and rises.

Sit-up

Athlete moves from a supine position, with the shoulders on the ground, to a sitting position with the shoulders over the hips. The feet are sometimes anchored. An "ab-mat" is sometimes placed under the lower back.

Ring dip

Starting with the body supported on the rings with straight vertical arms, the athlete bends the arms, lowering the body until the shoulder drops below the elbow, and then straightens the arms. To scale this movement, an athlete may do assisted dips using an elastic band or holding positions of the dip to increase stability and strength.

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Number 8 (tie): California

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 19th: 1/48,584

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 16th -- 6.18 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 5th -- 84

Olympic weightlifting

Clean and jerk

In the clean, a barbell is (or dumbbells are) explosively lifted from the ground to a "rack position" in front of the athlete's neck. In another dynamic motion --the jerk-- the athlete drives the bar from shoulder to overhead, ending in a standing position, bar directly overhead. In a squat clean the athlete receives the bar in a squatting position and stands to finish the lift. In a power clean, the athlete receives the bar in any position that is above a parallel squat.

Snatch

Barbell is raised from the floor to the overhead position in one motion. In a squat snatch the athlete receives the bar in a squatting position and stands to finish the lift. In a power snatch, the athlete receives the bar in a partial squat.

Number 7: Massachusetts

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 17th: 46,517

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 1st -- 7.50 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 9th -- 78

Powerlifting

Bench press

The person performing the exercise lies on his or her back, lowers a weight to chest level, and then pushes it back up until the arms are straight.

Deadlift

Barbell is lifted from the ground, making sure to drive with the legs and glutes with a straight back, until the athlete reaches an upright standing position.

Squat

Barbell is supported on upper back (back squat), in the rack position (front squat), or in the overhead position (overhead squat). From a standing position with a wider-than-shoulder-width stance, the athlete bends the knees until the hips are below the knees, and then stands, keeping the heels on the floor.

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Number 6: Wyoming

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 11th: 1/38,844

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 2nd -- 7.50 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 13th -- 70

Strongman

Yoke carry

Farmers carry

A large weight is grasped in each hand and walked for a distance.

Plyometrics

Box jump

From a standing position on the floor, the athlete jumps and lands with both feet on top of a box, standing fully erect before returning to the floor. Typical box heights in inches are 15", 20", 24", and 30".

Squat Jump

An air squat combined with a jump.

Number 5: Washington

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 3rd: 1/28,807

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 14th -- 6.36 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 3rd -- 89

Body weight exercises

Back extension

Using a GHD machine, the athlete moves from an L-shaped position with the head directly below the pelvis to an extended horizontal position by rolling the back and bringing the head up last.

Burpee

Beginning in a standing position, the athlete drops to the floor with the feet extending backward, contacts the floor with the chest, and then pulls the legs forward, landing in a squatting position before standing up, ending the movement with a small jump.

Handstand push-up

Beginning in a handstand, with the arms straight and (usually) the heels gently resting against a wall, the athlete bends the arms until the head touches the ground, and then pushes back up into a handstand position.

Hip extension

Using a GHD machine, the athlete moves from an L-shaped position with the head directly below the pelvis to an extended horizontal position by keeping the spine straight and rotating at the hip.

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Number 3 (tie): Utah

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 4th: 1/29,302

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 10th -- 6.87 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 5th -- 84

Body weight exercises, continued

Jump rope

The most common variation in CrossFit is the "double under" in which the jump rope makes two revolutions for each jump.

Knees-to-elbows

Hanging from a bar, starting in an extended position, the athlete raises the knees until they make contact with the elbows.

L-sit

With the body supported on gymnastics rings or parallettes, the athlete holds the feet at or above the level of the hips with the legs straight. This is typically held for a set amount of time.

Number 3 (tie): Texas

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 14th: 1/43,573

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 3rd -- 7.44 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 2nd -- 92

Body weight exercises, continued

Muscle-up

Hanging from gymnastics rings or a bar, the athlete pulls up and over the rings or bar, ending with the arms straight and the hands below the hips. Variations include strict muscle-ups and kipping muscle-ups, in which momentum is created to complete the movement.

Rope climb

Starting from the ground, the athlete climbs a rope and touches a point at a designated height, often 15 feet. Variations include no feet, and L-sit, in which the feet are held above the level of the hips during the climb.

Toes-to-bar

Hanging from a bar in an extended position, the athlete brings the feet upward until they make contact with the bar.

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Number 2: Hawaii

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 7th: 1/34,245

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 4th -- 7.38 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 7th -- 83

Distance movements

Rowing

Many workouts include rowing on rowing machines for distances of 500 meters to 2000 meters, or rowing "for calories."

Running

Typical distances range from 100 meters to 1 mile. Shuttle runs back and forth between marks 10 meters apart are also common.

Swimming

Some affiliate gyms include aquatic distance exercises within workouts.

Number 1: Colorado

Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit

Residents per CrossFit Affiliate: 2nd: 1/28,325

Percentage of Facebook Users Expressing Interest in CrossFit: 5th -- 7.33 percent

Google Trends Score for Online Search Traffic for CrossFit: 1st -- 100

Miscellaneous

Kettlebell swing

A kettlebell is swung from between the legs to eye level (Russian) or overhead (American). The kettlebell swing can be used both as an aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Press

Barbell is moved from the "rack position" to the overhead position. In a strict press (also called a shoulder press), or military press (in which the feet are together), the lower body remains stationary. In a push press, the bar is "jumped" off the body using a "dip and drive" motion. A push jerk is like a push press, but with a re-bend of the knees to allow the athlete to drop under the bar and receive it with straight arms. A split jerk is like a push jerk, but one leg goes forward and the other backward when the athlete drops under the bar.

Sumo deadlift high pull

With a wide stance, a barbell or kettlebell is lifted from the ground to a position just under the chin.

Thruster

A combination of a front squat and a push press: starting with the barbell in the rack position, the athlete squats (hips below knees) and then stands, driving the barbell overhead.

Wallball

Holding a medicine ball below the chin while facing a wall at arm's length, the athlete squats (hips below knees) and stands, throwing the medicine ball in order to make contact with an overhead target on the wall.

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