THAT DAMN PLATE!!!
Yes, we are in the middle of Re-Test week in Cycle 8.0, and Monday has passed, which means we shouldn’t see plate pushes for a while!
I for one struggled every workout with the plate pushes. It didn’t matter what plate I used, what time of the day I worked out, or which lane I chose, for some reason, I just couldn’t get it. Some people were slower, others faster, with me wedged in the middle. Well guess what, that sounds a little bit like life right? So many variables being thrown at you, and we are just trying our hardest to make the right choice, to help us move forward.
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to take a class, coach and spectate a few others, and I got to see the horror across everyones faces because of this one movement. Even though many struggled, I did not see ONE person quit the WOD. I especially took notice of a young man who has been traveling for the summer performing a research project, and he returned to the gym last night for the first time in a while. After a private training session, I peaked in to check on his progress, and at times he was on his knees pushing the plate, doubled over in agony. But you know what? He never stopped moving and pushing the plate forward. He gave it his all, and eventually he finished that third and final round, and had completed his comeback WOD.
This reminded me of how important it is to maintain a strong mental fortitude whenever life throws an obstacle your way. We don’t run to the corner, duck and hide. Instead, we stand up, lift our head and fight our way towards the goal.
Perseverance and the ability to be resilient in the face of adversity is a true testament to ones character, and I think we can all be proud of who we’ve become. ONWARD AND UPWARD!!!
12 Alt. pistols
16 DB renegade rows (35/20)
20 DB Russian twists
24 Alt. pistols
32 DB renegade rows
40 DB Russian twists
36 Alt. pistols
48 DB renegade rows
60 DB Russian twists
And Coming Thursday:
With a running clock, every minute perform 1 lift and add 10lb.
Start with an empty barbell (45/33) and press for as long as possible.
Once you cannot press the weight, push press for as long as possible.
Once you cannot push press the push press, jerk for as long as possible