Musings from Coach Jared:
Alright guys, in 3, 2, 1…. Wait, wait, wait I still need to put on my lifting shoes, and my wrist wraps, and my left knee brace, and my right elbow support, special powder so my feet won’t smell, and my breath right nose strip. Oh, and this super duper special secret creme a friend of a mine that knows a guy that got me that goes on my eye lashes to make sure that I don’t blink to much and waste energy. REALLY?…. Really?….. really?
I am here today to enlighten everyone on an upcoming epidemic that may be taking over; I like to call them gear geeks. Do you really need all that crap on your body? No sir, you do not. If you think you do, you either need a whole team of surgeons to address your problems or at least a psychologist because that problem doesn’t start with your sprained big toe but somewhere in that cranium of yours. An injury is an injury and there is no denying that braces are good to a point. But looking around there seems to be an awful lot of injured athletes.
Brace yourselves. I am about to smack you in the face with some truth, and it all starts with a little person anecdote: I tore my ACL in 2005 and wore one of those big fancy braces that they give NFL players for nearly a year. During the beginning of the rehab it was needed, not unlike many people out there whose braces, straps, or specials cremes are sometimes necessary. At a certain point they stop being useful and start becoming a hinderance. That brace limited my range of motion, caused me to favor my other leg, and in general was my crutch, I didn’t want to do low squats; my knee was the problem. I didn’t want to run; my knee wouldn’t let me. Unfortunately there was no Forest Gump moment where I was running and my knee brace broke and I was fine. There wasn’t even a day where I was pissed and threw it across the gym or anything cool like that. I lost it, never figured out where or when. It just vanished. The Army may put you in one of those but it sure as hell won’t put you in two. So I sucked it up. Yeah it was awkward and uncomfortable and at times near painful but was by working through those feelings that the real improvement came. AND THEN CAME CROSSFIT.
We have the luxury of working out in a gym that has everything that could possibly ever be needed. It has tons of space, stellar equipment, amazing athletes, a crazy awesome atmosphere and it is just shy of a dream. However, this is just all fluff if the effort isn’t there. You can pull out your phone to figure out that you lifted 76% not 75% but what your phone isn’t telling you is that you wimped out and cheated yourself because max effort wasn’t there.
Another little story here, I started with pipes that had coffee can cemented on the ends for barbells and weights. My first kettle bell was a basketball filled with sand and a handle made out of duct tape. The pull up bar I had was shorter than I was tall. The best workout I have ever had was done with a partner and two towels. When effort isn’t there improvements won’t be made. Take advantage of the luxuries that are abound, become a better athlete by coming in, forgetting the outside world, and busting your ass.
Workout of the Day
5-3-1 Press (90% of 1RM)
5 x 75% – 3 x 85% – AMRAP x 95%
Row 2000 meters, then perform AMRAP burpees in the remaining 10 min