noooooA common reaction upon first reading the description of this workout.

"Twelve Days of CrossFit (PVCF ed.)"

On my first day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... a deadlift.

On my second day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my third day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my fourth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my fifth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my sixth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my seventh day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 7 toes-to-bar, 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my eighth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 8 burpees, 7 toes-to-bar, 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my ninth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 9 front squats, 8 burpees, 7 toes-to-bar, 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my tenth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 10 walking lunges, 9 front squats, 8 burpees, 7 toes-to-bar, 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my eleventh day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 11 sit-ups, 10 walking lunges, 9 front squats, 8 burpees, 7 toes-to-bar, 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

On my twelfth day at CrossFit, the WOD board gave to me... 12 calorie row, 11 sit-ups, 10 walking lunges, 9 front squats, 8 burpees, 7 toes-to-bar, 6 kettlebell swings, FIVE RING DIPS! 4 pull-ups, 3 box jumps, 2 handstand push-ups, and a deadlift.

...in a pear tree.

Competitors: deadlifts @ 315/220, 30/24" box, C2B pull-ups, kettlebell swings @ 70/53lbs, front squats @ 155/108, walking lunges w/ overhead bumper plate @ 45/25lbs, GHD sit-ups.

CrossFitters: deadlifts @ 225/150lbs, 24/20" box, kettlebell swings @ 53/35lbs, front squats @ 115/83lbs, tuck crunches. Anybody doing CrossFit less than six months is encouraged to start with Day 10, then do Days 11 and 12.

Novices: Day 12 only.

45 minute cut-off. If you look like you're red-lining, the instructor will cut you off. Don''t give them any guff. You'll be metabolically deranged, not in your right mind. Better safe than sorry!

Remember that on Tuesday, 24 December, Christmas Eve, we have a reduced schedule. 9 am and 4pm in Hadley, 10am and 5pm in Northampton. Please arrive early to do your pre-class dynamic flexibility work. No classes on the 25th.

Normal schedule resumes on Thursday. Happy Holidays!