|Pre-Anger. 75lbs over head|
This is a perfect name for this workout, thank you reader Chris. I completed my first go at it last night and it certainly was a bit of hell. The 75 lb round was easy, was through it in about 2 minutes or so and did not rush at all. I knew it was the second round of 135 lb snatches that were going to get me…and for once, I was right.
It took me at least 10 tries to get that 135 over my head. With each failure I could feel my blood pressure going up. On that 10th fail I finally lost it. I dropped to my knee, yelled, then punched the floor. I’m sure you’re asking “why punch the floor?” and I have no real answer for you. I just needed to vent. Luckily for me, my hand didn’t break (but hurt pretty bad). As I approached the bar for my next attempt, that anger was still there and I just let loose everything I had….and boom…bar was over my head. One.
|This is what I think happens to me when I'm angry. I go Super Saiyan. In reality...I just look kind of stupid.|
By the time the clock hit zero I had managed to channel that anger into 5 reps (two in the last 30 seconds). My final score…35. Not great at all, but a big moral victory for me. Big shout out to Fox for coaching me through it a bit, definitely helped get those 5 in. I do plan on completing this a second time on Sunday so we’ll see how that goes for me.
I thought about what others can possibly learn from my experience and I think it comes down to the following
For weight Training (going for PR’s)
- Get angry
- Focus that anger into the bar
- FORM! FORM! FORM! do whatever you can to keep good form…that includes NOT watching me and my form
- Control Breathing
- DO NOT GIVE UP. I don’t care if you can barely move the bar..you keep trying until that clock is at zero.
- Music should be angry music, think hardcore rap or heavy metal.
Now, as I wrote this I realized there are times where this is not the answer. (listen to your parents kids..violence is not the answer)
Tips for endurance
- Stay focused
- Be calm with yourself.
- Control your breathing (in a different way than with weight lifting)
- Go to your happy place
- Focus on something other than running/biking/swimming…
- Music should be calming but with a good beat.
In the end, it really comes down to finding what works for you. But I think I found what works for me. Good luck to all competitors out there, whether in the crossfit open or elsewhere!