This song is my song of the week because it puts me in a good mood. I’ve never been much of a music person… unless it’s some hardcore gangsta rap while I’m working out. Besides that, though, I don’t really have any preferences. A little Pompeii, though, and BOOM! I’m ready for the day!
This morning started off with lots of… LEGS!!!!!!!!!!
10 Wall Balls (I used 18#)
10 Box jumps (I used 22” box)
10 Shuttle Runs (10 meters)
Rest 2 Minutes
6 MINUTE EMOM (EVERY MINUTE ON THE MINUTE)
10 KB Swings (I used 45#)
10 Wall Balls (18#)
Rest 1 minute, and at the 7 minute mark…
1 Minute Max KB Snatches- Alternating (45#)
30 seconds max burpees, 30 seconds max air squats
This was a whole lot of fun. I absolutely love wall balls and haven’t done them in what seems like forever. I tend to do workouts that focus on everything that I suck at, and I will admit… wall balls is not something I suck at. As a matter of fact, Karen (150 wall balls for time) is one of my favorite “girl” workouts. The EMOM was actually pretty difficult… I was going at a blistering pace and I was maintaing about 39 seconds of work with 21 seconds of rest. Except for the last couple rounds, I think I was at 41 seconds and then 42 seconds.
Later was filled with nothing other than snatching. Snatching has proven to be one of the most difficult things for me to learn. When I suck at something, I become absolutely OBSESSED with nit-picking and analyzing every inch of it until I’m good at it. It’s just how my personality works…. I don’t like not being the best. Of course, that is impossible, especially since in recent weeks I’ve basically had to “re-learn” how to snatch. Basically, I started all over again so that bad habits wouldn’t be memorized. There are some aspects of this personality trait that are great and that aren’t so great. It’s a great thing because I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get better. I’m constantly HUNGRY to do better. It will take probably every bone in my body being broken to get me to stop what I’m doing. So, I think I’m a pretty good athlete to work with. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it. This can be detrimental as well, though; I don’t know when to quit. I could miss 12 times in a row, my hands ripped open and bloody, and I’ll still keep going. I could really badly hurt something and I’ll try to play it off like I’m not hurt. In other words, I can be a real idiot. So, not only in recent weeks have I changed my entire snatch structure, I’ve definitely toned down the amount of snatching I do. There was a point when I would snatch every single day. If I was a weightlifter full time, this probably wouldn’t seem like such an odd thing. But, being in Crossfit, there are about 500 other movements that also need as much (if not more) attention than snatching alone. So, snatching (or some variation of snatching) is done 2 or 3 times of week as of late.
Hang Snatch Pull + Hang Snatch High Pull + Hang Power Snatch: Built across 6 or 7 sets for 3 reps of the entire complex.
Hang Power Snatch: 3 sets of triples
Snatch Deadlift + Snatch Pull + Snatch: 2 sets x 2 (Shoulder started hurting, and at this point I had been snatching for close to an hour. So I called it a day.)
The open is in 9 short days and I honestly can’t believe it. Nothing has sunk in yet and probably won’t sink in until I’m on the floor and I hear the clock count down “3, 2, 1 Go”. There are obviously some movements that are considered “goats”… that is, movements that simply aren’t in your wheelhouse. We all have them… you wouldn’t be a human being if they didn’t exist. Months and months ago, I used to see my goats show up in a workout and I’d get immediate anxiety surging through me. Now, though, I get a little bit excited. Of course I get nervous, but it’s not the type of negative energy I used to feel. I honestly feel great going into this year’s open… I feel like I am ready for just about anything. It’s going to be a long and exciting 5 weeks… and I can’t wait to hear what Dave Castro will throw out there next Thursday.