06 April, 2016

Workout Recap

The other day, I posted the following on Instagram after a night of CrossFit

Over the last few weeks, I have been exceptionally frustrated with how progress or "lack" of progress. Instead of feeling like I am getting stronger, I feel like I'm getting weaker.

For example, the day I posted this meme is the same day we did the workout Jennifer:
26 Minutes-As Many Rounds As Possible
-10 pull ups
-15 Kettlebell Swings w/35# kettlebell
-20 box jumps, 20"

I've done the workout before. It feels like it is never going to end. The first time I did the workout, I completed 9 rounds. Not too shabby. This second time around though I only completed 7 round plus 10 reps.

Not so great.

Or so I thought.

One of the things about CrossFit is that each workout can be "adjusted" so that every athlete can complete the movements. Sometimes that means modified push-ups, banded pull-ups if you can't do an unassisted pulled, lower weights, etc. But when looking at just the "history" of the workout records, it doesn't show that without looking at the "detail" of each workout. I just shows on 10/05/2015 I completed 9 scaled rounds and on 3/28/2016 I completed 7 +10 scaled rounds.

When I did finally take a moment and look past the surface of what I had completed, I was reminded at how far I have really come.

The first time I completed Jennifer, I did 9 rounds of
-10 ring rows
-15 Kettlebell Swings w/25# kettlebell
-20 box jumps, 20"

The second time I completed Jennifer I did 7 + 10 rounds
-10 banded pull ups
-15 Kettlebell Swings w/35# kettlebell
-20 box jumps, 20"

Ring rows are significantly easier than any version of a pull-up. And the fact that I am even doing banded pull-ups is a huge accomplishment. And even though it's only 10lbs, moving from a 25# kettlebell to a 35# kettle is a pretty big deal, when you consider just how many swings of that kettlebell I ended up doing.

So no, I did not complete as many rounds the 2nd time through the workout. But I completed almost as many times through a much harder workout the 2nd time through and that is why it is so important to look at not just the time, reps and rounds, but also the detail of what was completed. Because the details shows the improvement and the win.


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