Monday, September 19

What is holding you back? There are so many things that could be the answer to this question, and there may be more than one answer for some of us. But I'm specifically talking about what's holding you back from performing better in the gym. Is it sleep and recovery? Nutrition? Strength? Cardiovascular endurance? Mobility?

I can't answer this question for you, but I really want you to think about it.

As coaches we see you all work your butts off in the gym every day, but sometimes we're not getting the desired results. So why not?

I'm just going to throw a few ideas out there and you can decide if any might apply to you.

Would you be better off spending 15 minutes on mobility than practicing your snatches? Is it the techniques that is holding you back or would being able to get in a better position allow you to apply your true level of strength to the movement?

Would sleeping 8 hours a night be better than going on an extra run a few days a week? Are you training hard all week and not recovering? Like the saying goes, "There's no such thing as overtraining, there's just underecovering."

Are you eating enough (of the right foods) to support your activity levels? This goes hand in hand with sleep and recovery. You can train all you want, but if you're not sleeping and eating to recover you will eventually hit a wall.

It's fun to do extra work and practice skills with your friends, I get it. But I also want you all to achieve your goals and sometimes that means doing the stuff that isn't that fun.

I get sick of mobility work, but I know that my pistols and snatches will improve if I can get my ankles, hips and shoulders to move better. And that's without getting any stronger.

Imagine how much easier it would be to lift heavy and get stronger if you weren't fighting for good position. Imagine how much more work you could do if you weren't wasting energy fighting tight shoulders or hips.

Imagine what it would feel like to workout fresh - with a full nights sleep and full of good healthy food. Do you think you'd get more out of each workout that way?

Take some time this week to think hard about what is holding you back. And the next time you want to do some extra work try to AT LEAST dedicate some of that time to your number one problem. I know it will pay off in the long term.

Workout for Monday, September 19 Hip and Hamstring Mashing + Glute Activiation

"Karen" For Time: 150 Wall Balls (20# to 10', 14# to 9')

Rest 2 minutes

Run 1 Mile Cool Down

Quad and Glute Mashing

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