‘Fighter’ is a perfect word to describe every aspect of today. Let’s start off with the part that is not fitness and weightlifting and crossfit related.
Math. F#cking math. Does anyone on this planet actually enjoy it? Is it humanly possible? No, it isn’t. If you enjoy cracking numbers are learning about stupid equations that will serve you no purpose in life, I am going to have to assume that you’re a witch of some sort. My advisor, who happens to be one of the dumbest people I have ever met in my 22 years of living, seemed to have forgotten to tell me 3 years ago that I needed a math credit. Yes, she FORGOT. So now, I’m in my last semester of my senior year of college, taking a fricking math course. But you know what, that’s life sometimes. You gotta fight through it. Anyway, I digress. So, KP doesn’t do math. math doesn’t click. It annoys me when math teachers say ” you could get it if you practice it.” NO, math is not a sport. Either you get it or you don’t, and KAYLA PERRY DOES NOT GET IT AND NEVER WILL! So I was getting pretty furiously frustrated doing homework today. All of this sounds pretty ridiculous, but I got through it and decided to channel this energy into snatching.
SNATCH: Work up to a heavy double, take 20 pounds off, and work triples for 3 sets.
Funny story with snatching today. So, being the person I am, my mind is always racing with 1000+ thoughts. It’s just the way it is; I can’t really help it. This is not how you want to be when you’re going into a technical lift. Because of my hurricane of a brain, I missed A LOT today, which added fuel to my fiery frustration and anger. I kept my cool, though, and kept trying. After my third miss, my coaches said, “Oh shit, she’s angry. She’s gonna get this one.” They were certainly right about the angry part. What you will learn about me is that if I don’t get something at first, I will go and go and go until I basically die. When I want something, boy do I want it. I want it with the passion of a thousand suns. Without taking any break, I slammed my feet, scowled at that effing bar, ripped it off the ground….. had a nice fast pull, great punch under, and was sitting at the bottom with the weight overhead. My shoulders felt a little wobbly, and I could feel the heaviness of the bar start to come down. But in my head I thought, “HELL FUCKING NO, I AM NOT LETTING GO OF THIS SHIT!” And I literally Sotts-Pressed the bar back up and finally stood up with it. FIGHT FOR IT. FIGHT WITH ALL OF YOUR BEING.
Front Squat: 1 set x 5 reps at 65%, 1 set x 5 reps at 75%, 1 set x As Many Reps As Possible at 85%
Then the double header metcon, which, I’m warning you, is deceiving.
4 ROUNDS FOR TIME:
7 Dumbbell Thrusters (60#/40#)
14 Single Arm Dumbbell Clean and Jerks (Same Load as Above)
40 double unders
I say that this is deceiving because it doesn’t look bad. I know what you’re thinking. “Kayla, 7 thrusters? that’s nothing. And for 4 rounds? THAT’S SOME LEVEL 1 CRAP!” Um, no, it is absolutely not. Dumbbells are the most under utilized tool in crossfit. Dumbbell thrusters are so PAINFUL because of the awkward placement, the throwing off of balance, and mostly, holding 2 forty pound dumbbells gets real heavy, real fast. Then, when it gets time to do double unders, you’re panting like a frickin’ obese elderly gentleman who has just chased down his 2 year old grandson, and your legs don’t jump properly because of the thrusters and clean and jerks, and basically your rhythm is destroyed. And of course, there’s more fun!
REST EXACTLY 5 MINUTES, THEN….
6 MINUTE EMOM
8 Kettlebell swings
These should be all out sprints. Don’t mosey along and kind of go at a “moderate” pace for each minute. SPRINT, SPRINT, SPRINT, SPRINT, SPRINT.
Then, 15 minutes of handstand walk practice which turned into a baby-wod, since I”m not great at handstand walking:
3 sets for work:
20 double unders
10 foot handstand walk
Here’s what I feel a need to say. Recently it has become known to the general public that a lot of hotshot crossfitters, like the guys and chicks from Norcal (Jason Khalipa, Miranda Oldroyd, Garrett Fisher, Molly Vollmer, etc.), are posting their daily workouts. Hell, Doug Chapman from Hyperfit wrote an entire book about Julie Foucher’s year long training leading up to the games. People think to themselves, “OMG, I’LL DO WHAT THEY DO AND I’LL BE JULIE FOUCHER. I’LL BE JASON KHALIPA. I’LL BE MIRANDA OLDROYD.” Hate to burst your bubble, but that’s not the way it works. First of all, every body is different. Your body may not progress at all the way Julie’s did when she cycled through her program. You may not hit 20 pound PR’s the way Miranda Oldroyd does. I’ve seen people do metcons that these hotshots have posted, but they don’t work very hard at them. They go at a moderate pace. How you practice is how you perform. If you’re practicing moderate, how the hell do you expect to perform like an animal? These guys bust their ass and assault their bodies day in and day out, and go pedal to the effing metal. I can guarantee you that they treat each session as if it is a competition. If you’re willing to put in the work to achieve whatever goals you have set for yourself, that’s wonderful. You’re one of the few percentage of people on this planet who can become ‘comfortable’ with being in great physical discomfort. But if you’re just a cult-crossfitter or someone who wants to talk the talk and not do much of the walk, then I recommend you choose a different hobby.
Rant over. Good night folks.