Thursday, April 30

THE 1 THING EVERY CROSSFIT GAMES ATHLETE HAS IN COMMON. That is the name of the article I read today by CrossFit Games athlete Graham Holmberg. I am a big Holmberg fan. I like the way he conducts himself and quietly goes out there and competes with the best. He's not showy and doesn't talk a lot, he just takes care of business. However, I'm not sure I agree with everything in this article. I do agree with his main point - that Games athletes have incredible mental toughness and they have trained that over the years along with the physical training. The part I don't agree with is the implication that the rest of us don't have the same mental game.

Over the years I have seen hundred of athletes come through the gym and I can say without a doubt that I have seen some of the toughest mental performances ever. And those performances didn't come from people headed to Regionals or the Games. In fact, most of the time these performances come from fairly average athletes just trying to do their best.

The men and women who make it to the Games have this unknown measure of willingness to suffer and keep suffering before giving up in a workout. Learning to push through the pain and telling your body to “shut up” is not something that is just there, it must be practiced and developed.

Maybe I am biased to our athletes here, but I've witnessed people pushing to their absolute limits in the Open, during a benchmark workout or during a regular WOD. I have seen people go as hard as they can possibly go physically and mentally and I've witnessed the aftermath. Of course everyone doesn't do this, not everyone wants to, and that is OK. But I don't like the perception that the only thing holding us back from making the Games is that we don't have the mental capacity to push to the limit.

Maybe we aren't strong enough, don't have a big enough engine or maybe we just don't have the genetic makeup to get there, but I know some of us are just as strong mentally and leave it all out there during workouts and that is something I will always be proud of.

Workout for Thursday, April 30 5 Sets Working Up in Weight 2 Strict Press, Max Effort Push Press

15 min AMRAP: 1,2,3,4,5.. Complex of 1 Pull Up, 1 C2B Pull Up, 1 Bar Muscle Up Thrusters (155/105) Run 100m

*Complex Scales: 1 Pull Up, 2 C2B Pull Ups 4 Pull ups 5 Jumping Pull ups