Rest + Recover
07/25/2013 @ 8:38 pm
missed yesterday. made up a couple random wods which i did solo today
7 STOH #155
7 Hang Power cleans
7:22 (suprisingly super hard)
07/25/2013 @ 8:35 pm
Read this piece by Donny Shankle on his blog this morning. Thought it was a must read. The type of sht that gets me fired up to come in and battle in the dog days of summer…
Find A Way
By Donny Shankle
Training in a group setting is one of the four essential blocks to becoming a world champion. When you get around a group of athletes that have a common goal you begin to see a competitiveness in training that is not possible when you train alone. This competitiveness is brought to light even more so in competition. Two champions battling it out to see who is king produces interesting results. The most weight ever clean and jerked is 266 kilos by Leonid Taranenko, and Alexander Kurlovich was right behind him. I do not think this incredible amount of weight would have been lifted without there being two champions, both strong and efficient, competing against each other at the same time.
It is no wonder more world records are set when you have two weightlifters lifting roughly the same weight. A requirement for any great athletes psychology is to fight in order to be the best. I get asked now by beginning weightlifters why it is I want to be strong. I always say my goal is not necessarily to be the strongest man, but instead to be the best weightlifter. Since being strong is a very important aspect of being a great weightlifter the two goals go hand in hand. In order to gain any slight advantage against your competition you should be working on gathering as much knowledge as possible in order to be the best. The absence of mediocrity is what being strong means to me and why I want to be strong. I do not want to be mediocre at anything and believe nobody does, so we choose things we admire to be great at and put in the hard work to succeed at being the best.
Surrounding yourself with other people in training who have that same whatever it takes mentality, will push you to go after personal records more often, and force you to analyze your training more to become better. It will also give you the chance to hear the different philosophies used by different champions. During your career as a weightlifter you should always be after learning as much as you can. The moment you become the big fish in a little pond that sense of modesty is lost and you begin to stagnate.
I learned the buddy system while in the service and it means when you do something do it in at least two’s for safety. I used that same concept and just flipped it for training. When you go into the gym train with a buddy not for safety, but to push yourself past comfort zones. This person does not even need to be your friend and I even encourage you to view him as your enemy if it means the two of you will fight to produce greater results. If you happen to not be there mentally in training one day, look over to your buddy and tell yourself, “If he is still going at it strong, I can too.” It is that common fight to be the best which pushes you to become better, both within yourself, and against those you surround yourself with. Positives beget positives and if you place yourself in a setting filled with champions you will become a champion as well.
07/25/2013 @ 8:46 pm
07/25/2013 @ 8:47 pm
Everyone I work out with is now my sworn enemy until the session is over!
07/25/2013 @ 5:32 pm
Does anyone plan on doing Friday’s wod later in the morning- 8, 9, 10am?
07/25/2013 @ 2:30 pm
Since I missed Monday and I’m not going to be around Saturday I skipped the rest day and got some work in
weightlifting floater: 11:34 @165# – paced the cleans in sets of 3 and tried to do big sets on the bench, in hindsight I probably paced the cleans a little too much
Played around with some MUs after, working on dropping out of the top faster and transitioning right into the next rep. Felt a little weird at first but I definitely felt like I was cycling reps faster
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