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Weekly Workout

06 January, 2016

When I wrote out my new goals for 2016, most of them focused on fitness goals.

Running, lifting and double unders.

I just want to get faster, stronger and more coordinated.

But I also want to get out of my own head.

My last workout of 2015 wrecked me. It was, mentally and physically, one of the hardest workouts I have done in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, all the workouts we do at the Box are tough, but this one had me thinking I wouldn’t make it out alive.

The workout we did was the Hero WOD (a hero WOD is a workout in honor of a service member who died on while on active duty), Hammer. It was five rounds for time:
5 Power Cleans 65#
10 Front Squats 65#
5 Jerks (clean or split) 65#
20 Pull-ups
*90 second rest between rounds*

My weakest of those three lifts is the jerk. Anything that requires mostly arm strength is a struggle for me. I was skeptical when Trevor set the weights for me at 65# (Rx was 95# for the ladies) and even more so when I did a couple of practice lifts and struggled through them. Unfortunately, when I asked to drop weight to 55#, I was told with a smile, “No, Hammer died for you. You can lift 65#’s.” Awkward.

To say I struggled from the beginning would be a bit of an understatement.

I managed to do the first set of power cleans and front squats unbroken. But when it came time to the jerks, my arms already felt like jello. And the pull-ups, which I had been completing with black and blue bands were such a disaster, I had to switch to black and green bands. Trevor assured me that it would get easier as I got warmed up, but I wouldn’t exactly say that’s what happened.

The power cleans and front squats were o.k. The weight was fine, but the volume started to be a bit much after round 2. I continued to struggle with the jerks and had to drop the bar more times than I would have liked (each time I dropped the bar meant I had to do an extra clean to get it into the front rack position), there may have been a moment or two when I had to wipe tears and not sweat from my eyes and by the end….I have no idea how I managed to make it through the workout.

I finished the workout in 18:45 minutes (the 90 seconds between rounds didn’t count towards our final time). My time was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, so that was a nice surprise.

The best part about the workout though wasn’t that I finished it faster than my 20 minute goal. The best part is that it was one of the few workouts I thought about quitting before the end, but I didn’t quit. I managed to find something, deep down inside, that helped to push me through. And I’m looking forward to using that something to help push me through 2016.

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