Guys, today was rough! My coffee seemed to have a REVERSE effect, and made me so insanely tired that I didn’t want to leave the house! The morning is when I’m most energetic and excited and overall just SUPER STOKED to start my day but today my eyes (and later on, I found out, body) refused to wake up. After warming up for nearly half an hour I felt just as crappy as I did waking up and walking in! I think a day off is in order. My hips started aching and turned into straight up hURTING as the day went on… and my coach made me realize that in the midst of my pure obsession with getting great at, well, everything, I have completely ignored some posterior chain work. Basically all I’ve done for that is RDL’s, which I admittedly haven’t done in quite some time. I need some clarity! Anyway… here’s what I did today:
Clean: 80% for doubles (too painful to move up in weight… was also supposed to jerk, but my shoulder was hurting)
Pullups: Hips to bar (Kipped these, tried to keep my body at a 45 degree angle… want to do some bar muscle up transition work so my bar MU’s become more efficient)
4 ROUNDS FOR TIME:
10 cleans (full) (165/115)
10 Handstand Pushups (Strict for as long as you can possibly stand it)
10 Box jump up-and-overs (30/24) (No half jumping and skipping over to the other side…. fULL EXTENSION at the top before jumping over!)
This was rough. 115 isn’t a heavy weight but to do it 40 times just sucks! Handstand pushups after all those cleans was pretty brutal… it got to the point in the fourth round that I was barely squeezing out 3 at a time so I kipped a few. Which I hate. Box jump up and overs were okay… I love box jumps, but I was just a little sluggish with them today. I just decided to call it a morning and demolish some food.
I was supposed to squat but thought I’d give my body some time to rest…… fast foward a couple hours:
Row: 500m (challenging pace)
Squat: 1 set x 5 reps at 75%, 3 sets x 3 reps at 85% (Was supposed to do 1 set as an AMRAP at 95% but it hurt too bad)
Squatting has felt completely AWFUL for a couple weeks now. Front squatting has been decent, but back squatting has felt so unbelievably heavy…at weight that should feel somewhat light. Oh well. Have to trust the process and stick with the program and know that it’ll pass!
Weighted Reverse Hypers: 3×12 with 25# plate
All in all, today hurt. A whole lot of hurt. I think that I’ve been trying to do too much. Just like when you’re teaching someone a movement, the ideal coach would only give 1 cue at a time. Any more than 1 cue at a time leaves the person thinking about 50 things at once and before they know it they’ve pulled the bar to their chin and don’t know what to do with their arms because they were too busy thinking about their hips, being fast, pulling under, etc…..
Right now, strength is my number one priority. Strength being a number one priority is difficult in the ‘crossfit world’, especially if you’re looking to compete in crossfit. Being strong is definitely a huge factor, but it is absolutely not the be-all and end-all of doing well. Take people like Andrea Ager and Julie Foucher and Chris Spealler as an example. Are they exceptionally strong? Not really. Don’t get me wrong, Julie and Andrea are strong ass women with impressive numbers… but it’s nothing that seems outrageous, such as Elisabeth Akinwale…. who can deadlift over 400 pounds and snatch 200 pounds. Andrea, Julie, and Chris have a pretty solid strength foundation but more importantly, they MOVE WELL. They’re fluid, they move fast, they move strategically, and they have a shitload of gas in the tank. Their 80%’s seem to look just like their 50%’s, which to me says a lot more about an athlete than a number or a time. That being said, I’ve been trying to get really good at gymnastics, learn how to move better, and improve on learned skills… all while trying to maintain my “strength is the top priority” mentality. As you might have guessed, it isn’t quite going as planned. Yes, I’ve PRd, and some days I just feel on top of the world. But most days have sucked. Most days I’m exhausted, (mostly mentally) and working out seems like a chore. I’m relying on my belief that this will all pass, and that the darkest hour is just before dawn.
Trust the process. Be smart. Most importantly, have fun. If you stop having fun, what’s the point?