Photos: Top ten states (including Colorado) that won't shut the f*ck up about CrossFit
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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
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:
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.
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.
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
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
Athlete takes a large step forward, bends the forward knee until the back knee makes contact with the ground, and rises.
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.
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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