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Press and Dead Hang / Strict Pull-ups

This is to be completed “Lynne” style. Press reps start each 5 minute round:

Press max reps (use 60% of your 1RM)
Dead Hang Pull-ups, max reps


Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 08:00 PM EDT

“Slave genes” myth must die

Michael Johnson links African-American sprinters to slavery, and revisits a particularly ugly pseudo-science


Michael Johnson at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. (Credit: AP/Michael Probst)

In 1988, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder (in)famously stated that the prowess of African-American football players could be traced to slavery, saying “the black is a better athlete to begin with because he’s been bred to be that way … [They] jump higher and run faster.” The reaction to such obviously racist remarks was fast and furious: Amid the uproar, CBS Sports fired him. So when Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson predicted this month that African-American and West Indian track athletes would dominate the London Olympics because of the genes of their slave ancestors, I paid little attention, thinking there was no way this could become a viable conversation yet again. “All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations,” Johnson told the Daily Mail. “Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me –- I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”

As a historian, what I find to be stunning about what he said is the claim that the supremacy of black athletes in track had never “been discussed openly before.” Actually, with his words, Johnson plunged himself into a century-old debate that seems to rear its (rather ugly) head every four years, just in time for the opening of sport’s largest global stage. Johnson supported his theory with the example of the men’s 100m final at the Beijing Olympics: Three of the eight finalists came from Jamaica, including record-breaking winner Usain Bolt, and two from Trinidad; African-Americans Walter Dix and Doc Patton and Dutch sprinter Churandy Martina, who hails from Curacao, rounded out the line.

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Press and Dead Hang Pull-ups

Try to stay hydrated please…

Now I have done some dumb things…but this guy takes the cake. From Yahoo Sorts

Fan almost dies for a baseball!

After what happened at the Home Run Derby on Monday night, we as a baseball-loving nation need to run a check on our priorities.

Wherever “catching a baseball” ranks — and it’s high, apparently — it ought to be made less important.

Keith Carmickle — the man pictured above hanging on by his right arm, with his baseball glove dangling from his left hand — almost fell about 20 feet to a pool deck below at Chase Field after he chased a home run hit to center by Prince Fielder(notes).

Thankfully, he didn’t catch the ball. Or fall. But he almost went over completely. As the Associated Press reports, he was saved by his brother and a friend.

“I thought: I’ve lived a good life,” Carmickle said about dangling.

Seated in a small section of seats above the right-field fence, Carmickle, of Kingman [Ariz.], and his group had already grabbed home run balls by Robinson Cano(notes) and Adrian Gonzalez(notes), and were looking to add another to their collection when Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder came up in the second round of the derby.

Trying to snare a towering shot by Fielder, Carmickle stepped up onto a metal table about 18 inches wide and reached down to catch the catch. He missed the ball, which hit the wall several feet below him, and the momentum carried him forward, headfirst over a short railing.

Carmickle was headed for a hard landing when his friend, Aaron Nelson, grabbed his legs and his brother, Kraig, grabbed him around the arms. The crowd above and below gasping, Carmickle dangled briefly over a deck where a couple of cameras were positioned behind Chase Field’s pool before his brother, Nelson and a few fans pulled him back to his seat.

Carmickle’s good fortune came on the same day as a memorial service for Shannon Stone, the man who fell at Rangers Ballpark on Thursday and died that day as a result of his injuries after trying to catch a ball. Stone’s story must have slipped Carmickle’s mind.

If you don’t think too much of the angle of the photograph, check the mishap from farther away:

Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby

The circle drawn on the lower-right portion of the screen cap approximates the ground. Note the one fan, a woman in front of the “MLB Fan Cave” sign, covering her head. She’s just afraid of the ball falling, with no idea what’s going on behind her.

Watch all of Fielder’s homers — Carmickle’s is toward the end

Fans cannot and should not rely on ballparks to be 100 percent safe or accident-proof. There’s no such thing, anyway. But what Carmickle did — stepping onto a table not made for it, in a part of the ballpark where one can fall — was incredibly foolhardy. Life is not like a video game, where you get extra lives, or can hit “reset.”

Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby

And it’s just a stupid ball, not anything worth your life — or giving the rest of us a scare, for that matter.

Big BLS H/N to participants in the Fightins’ Home Run Derby Chat, moderated by @Petzrawr, for the heads up. They include @Chinny, who originally posted a long shot of Carmickle hanging on. And to @Shyamd88for spotting Carmickle in the first place. And to anyone else paying attention. Check out two more photos below.

Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby

Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby

Below, one more shot — amazingly, from earlier in the Derby, before Carmickle got famous — of him being excited to catch a home run without having to flop over a railing:

Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby

The dude has no idea he’s about to go for a ride.