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What’s up with Pukie?

I thought this was fitting to share this post from Lisbeth since we have the new painting on the wall.  Thanks for finding it AJ 😉


In Praise of the Vomiting Clown

Some people don’t like Pukie the Clown. They see him and they flinch. “Jesus, why we have to bring that thing out?”

That used to be me. I didn’t like Pukie. I didn’t understand him, really. Why did my supercool workout have this stupid vomiting clown as a mascot? WTF was that about? I thought it was some immature teenage boy fascination with throw up and gross things. I didn’t get Pukie. I didn’t get the idea. And I would roll my eyes when people would send in photos of their Pukie drawings, or make jokes about him.

I was a closet Puke-aphobe.

As CrossFit grew and grew over these years, I noticed Pukie shrinking. People talked less about him. Fewer drawings. And the folks who did talk about him? Well, there was now this other faction — the people who said “Puking is not what we’re about. You have the wrong idea about CrossFit. Pukie doesn’t represent CrossFit.”

But, here’s the thing: they’re wrong. Pukie is CrossFit.

See, CrossFit isn’t some happy utopia where only good things pass and the sun shines all day and night.

CrossFit, at its core, is about the hard truths of life. Good things take effort. Results don’t come easy. Sometimes, to get to a really good place, you have to go through a really bad time. Heavy things are hard to pick up. Strength takes guts. And, if you’re a cheater, you’re an asshole. These are essential truths.

Pukie reminds us of the reality of CrossFit, of effort, of life. When I see him now, I grin like a idiot. I love that stupid clown and all he represents. We — all of us in this CrossFit movement — are different. We have rejected Easy Street. We’re willing to work — HARD — for what we want. And that’s a good thing.

Don’t be hatin’ on the Clown. He’s one vital part of who we are.


Open Gym time:

  • 10:30am – 12:00pm

Today’s Workout:

Buy In – Snatch practice – kept at a moderate weight

  • 5 x 3 reps of muscle snatch – from below the knee
  • 5 x 3 reps of snatch balance

WOD – 4 Rounds for time:

12 Power Snatch (75lbs/115lbs)
12 Thruster (75lbs/115lbs)

Zone 4 – scale reps to 8-10 per set
Zone 3 – scale to 65/95lbs
Zone 2 – scale to 55/75lbs
Zone 1 – scale to hang power muscle snatch, scale weight as needed

* If you are competing this weekend and want to workout, scale the weight and do this workout for technique

Cash Out – 5 way shoulder stretch

Workout of the Day

  1. Morgan01-25-13

    "Pukie reminds us of the reality of CrossFit, of effort, of life."

    what is this I don't even

  2. Craigger01-25-13

    My two cents.

    I'm embarrassed. I agree that Pukie is a good representation of Crossfit, which only adds to the embarrassment. I don't agree with much else in this post though.

    Sure, sometime you have to work hard to get results. But, there is a difference between working hard and working smart. I personally prefer to work smart whenever possible (life and fitness). The culture of every day being competition day is toxic. Toxic in the sense that the dose makes the poison. A little hard work is a great shot to the system, too much can cause problems.

    *raise your hand if you've hurt yourself during a WOD*

    There are some nice sentiments in this post about working hard. But if the only tool you have available to you in reaching your goals in life and fitness is hard work, then I feel like you're missing out.

    Pukie personifies the disconnect between mind and body that many cross fitters sorely lack.

    I hate seeing people push themselves too hard and turn off their brain during a workout, because you end up trading in movement quality for a few seconds on a score board.


    • Lucas01-27-13

      I've hurt myself in a WOD, but not because I worship Pukie. And I appreciate Pukie, but not because I subscribe to any of Lisbeth Darsh's "essential truths."

      It appears that everyone has a different interpretation of Pukie, either due to past experiences or current biases. I see Pukie as the personification of CrossFit "counter culture" that draws so many people to CrossFit – but only people of a certain type… People who are turned off by the glistening, chiseled magazine models, air conditioned globo gyms, and "fat burning zone" personal trainer workouts.

      I disagree with Lisbeth about all her heroic hard-life hooey… That isn't Pukie, and that isn't CrossFit (in my opinion). CrossFit is hard, but the reason we can all do it is because we are upper-middle-class white folks who can afford grass-fed beef…

      But I would argue against your (Craigger's) point about the disconnect between mind and body. What is worse – pushing yourself slightly off the rails in a workout, or sitting on your ass all day and living purely inside your skull? A lot of people come to CF from a sedentary lifestyle, which is a much worse disconnect between mind/body.
      Of course I've polarized the situation into two extremes… Maybe Pukie represents the violent transition from one extreme to the other.

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