Every workout has a specific purpose. To get the best results, your intentions must match your programming.
Gassers make you feel like drowning over and over again. Super heavies build barbell relationships that mirror real life. You and your bar argue, negotiate; sometimes you win and sometimes your bar does. And beaters just never end. They’re a title fight between to well-matched fighters. For what seems like a never ending amount of rounds, they slug it out until the bell finally allows them to finish.
Changing the design is like changing the ending to your favorite movie. The plot won’t make sense anymore.
His wrists were taped at that spot where false grip muscle-ups do the most damage. Where that sort of lizard skin forms after a few years. Before the clock bellowed for him to begin, he threw his coat down and held the door open ready to run.
This CrossFitter looked more gazelle than grizzly bear, and since the movements were tailored to lighter guys, I figured he’d crush it. He didn’t disappoint.
He nearly lapped his teammates by the second round. Other CrossFitters who were fast, but nowhere near as light or gymnasty, feel behind. But as that round ended, our gazelle’s cadence slowed a bit. I think he started to feel more bearish.
His muscle-ups were no longer unbroken or fast. In fact, by the time he reached the end of the third round they were gone all together; replaced by something that brought back his freshness. The skin he was most comfortable in.
After the workout was over I asked the gazelle if he was injured; if that was why he quite the muscle-ups. “No,” he said. “I just wanted to stay fast.”
I recognized this because I’ve done it and justified it. “At least I’m doing something,” I’ll say to shut up that whiny little voice of reason that points out the inconsistency I hate. Those times when I do what I want, not what’s going to make me better.
Bars don’t get any lighter, ropes don’t get any shorter, and push-ups don’t get any easier by doing what’s comfortable. Sometimes, you just gotta feel like a grizzly to become a better gazelle.
*Work up to one heavy single from position two.
** 10 Minute Limit.
1-Clean (position two)+1-Clean(floor) AHAP
EMOTM for 10 Minutes.
4-Power Cleans 75/115
AMRAP 12 Minutes
*Every minute on the minute perform (5) burpees.
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