Monday, July 25, 2011

Fix a Frosh

     Hey again peeps! Today is the first day of the rest of your life... and also one day down on deployment. I don't think I've ever missed rain so much in my life, as I have not seen one drop thus far. Oh well, crushing WODs in 100 plus degree weather means you can easily destroy it under optimal conditions. Anyway, let's do the damn thing.

     Alrighty, it's another episode of fix the athlete. Today's athlete is none other than... me. So the video below was taken from a competition earlier this year. The WOD was 8 minutes to establish a 1RM Overhead Squat. My progression was 135lb, 155lbs (PR), then spent the rest of the time failing at 165lb (then my bodyweight). The video is of my last attempt, which I believe was my best attempt. So watch the video, comment below with critiques... and don't hold back

     It can greatly benefit to take videos or pictures of attempts like these. For one, you can self-critque your lifts and try to see where you can improve. The other is having other people and coaches look at it, and they can give you their take. So let me know what's good, and elt me know what's bad. I do have to point out an anatomy problem I have. My left arm was broken when I was 2, and did not set back "properly". So, when I Snatch or do Overhead Squats I can only truely lock out one arm. I mean, if I lock out my left arm there will be a bend in my right, and visa versa. It's not an excuse just something I have to work around and be mindful of. So post your comments, practice your lifts... and do burpees!

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!"
     -Rocky Balboa

3,2,1 GO!

Yesterday's Training:

Rest Day
I have been contemplating my Strength Routine (ala the Wendler Program). I just don't know that I get enough volume. I mean, I squat only once a week or once every other week. I'm just trying to find what works best for me. I will finish the program and see if I do hit new 1RMs, but we shall see. Maybe the extra rest will be good, so only time will tell.

Day 101 Burpee Challenge / 5151 Burpees Total
Still waiting to see some times posted for yesterday's challenge.



  1. 5:41 for the 100 burpees. That was every ounce of every thing I had. When I see your times, I can't help but feel that my best is very unfulfilling. fuck me. Good stuff, though. I have found success in my heavy lifting program in two ways, Staying consistent in doing the lifts and cutting back on my conditioning. I lost strength by only doing metcons and rarely squatting, benching, and deadlifts.

  2. Yea, really hard to be a stud in both. It's a give and take. Saw the video, good freakin' job! Hell, last year's winner, Graham Holmberg, was on video doing this in 4:26 (little turd). I kid, the guys an animal. But there will always be those around to push us, in one way or another.

  3. I was so mad when you couldn't get it up! The weight...that's what I'm talking about. HAH. I love you though, you did great that day!