Attach an object at precisely 12″ above your maximum reach with rope or cord, and complete
4 rounds for time of:
30 Jump and touch
20 Deadlift 185/135
10 Handstand push-ups
But he’s no good at being uncomfortable so he can’t stop staying exactly the same.
-“Extraordinary machine,” Fiona Apple
I know we don’t usually get artsy and quote song lyrics on the blog, but the sentiment rings true. If you want to change anything about yourself, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable; that might mean physical discomfort as well as emotional and mental discomfort. The truth of the matter is nothing about what we do in the gym is easy– even our mobility work feels awful and that is a good thing. We don’t take you through these grueling workouts because we want to you think you are getting a good workout, it’s because we want you to actually get stronger and faster. As far as we know, those changes aren’t accomplished by walking on a treadmill while watching reruns of Friends.
In all honesty, nothing about CrossFit gets easier because we are always trying to increase the level of difficulty. Once doing pull ups with a green band is no longer a struggle, it’s time to move on to a new band. When squat cleans with 95 pounds becomes old hat, it’s time to add some weight to the bar. It’s human nature to seek out new challenges. It is this drive to test the limits of what is possible that has taken us to Mars and to the deepest depths of the ocean. Sometimes we stifle that drive, we hold ourselves back, mostly because we are afraid of failure. I know that no one wants to be the last to finish the WOD. I’m not talking about finishing twenty seconds behind the second to last person, but being Dead. Last. As in everyone else is done and has caught their breath while you have been pleading with your arms for the last two minutes to do just five more pull ups. It’s not a fun place to be, I’ve been there, I know. But remember getting to failure isn’t a failure and doesn’t make you a failure. If anything, you are more aware of your limits and are better prepared for the next WOD.
Not every WOD should be an all out go-as-heavy-as-possible event. There are days where we want you to be more conservative with your scaling so that you can hit the WOD hard and keep moving. Just as there are days where we want the scaling to be a bit more challenging. Either way, it should always be difficult in one respect or another. You should be physically taxed or exercising your mental fortitude. If you continue to hold yourself back, never flirting with the possibility of getting to failure, you will never know what progress you are making or what you are capable of doing. If you put in a mediocre effort, don’t be surprised when you get mediocre results.