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Pico Projectors and Crossfit Training

I always try to find a way to make my passions intersect—but this time it was an unplanned tryst that in my view could become an ideal match as soon as the word gets out about just how compatible these two loves, CrossFit and pico projectors really are.

CrossFit is, quite simply, the “sport of fitness.” My trainers at CrossFit 98110, just like those at CrossFit affiliates all over the country use the natural camaraderie, competition, and fun of sport to create a level of intensity I could never experience in a gym. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, they motivate us to do what we might have thought impossible. The CrossFit program scales to any fitness level. Trainers use same routines for inactive, depressed and angry premenopausal women as they do for Olympic athletes because the needs differ by degree not kind. Without sounding overly dramatic, CrossFit has saved my life.

Pico projectors have had me gushing since their inception in 2009. I've debated with numerous crusty old projection industry veterans at many a conference that they had it wrong and that pico projection would revolutionize and revitalize our industry. I have always been particularly interested in their use in an educational setting—as facilitators of collaborative learning among small groups.

When I became a Crossfitter the same thoughts were in my head as CrossFit is an evidence-based fitness program. Safety, efficacy, and efficiency are the three most important and interdependent facets of it. They can be supported only by measurable, observable, and repeatable facts. Injuries in Crossfit come from bad form and incorrect execution. Success and advancement come from listening to your trainer as he pulls out of you every ounce of unadulterated awesomeness you never knew you had. How better to correct—to teach, on the spot, than by instant video projection?

Once I had this thought I immediately went to the CrossFit site to see if Reebok had private labeled a Pico projector as the manufacturer has bought all rights to the CrossFit name. But nowhere amid the shoes, shirts, compression socks and other electronics did I see a CrossFit sanctioned projector. Take note Reebok—this is an opportunity. I think a pico projector should be a required tool of any CrossFit affiliate.

After reading Laura Clinton's review, I got the Brookstone pico sleeve into the hands of Sal De Rosalia, of Crossfit 98110. He immediately saw that this device would let him pull a participant like myself aside and show her immediately and effectively how, for example, her positioning during the kettlebell swings was incorrect. It’d be one thing to say ”face forward with a proud chest" but ten times more effective to show how not to lean forward and compromise one's back.

I confessed to Sal how much watching people cheating on form burned me up and made him promise to capture on video those people who look like flounders when doing their pushups speeding through them and not touching their chests to the ground. It would be great for morale and an even better lesson in personal integrity.

Coach Sal has shared his thoughts on the time he spent with the pico projector in his blog on the CrossFit98110 site.

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