Monday, March 11

The Open workout this week was an interesting one. We had three movements that have never been in the Open before and a fourth that was nearly impossible to get to outside of the very elite athletes out there.

I’ve seen lots of talk about how the strict handstand push up is too tough of a movement, even the elevated scaled version. And that’s right, it is a really tough movement, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be in the Open.

Every year before the Open we talk about how it is for everyone. It’s a chance to test your fitness year to year and gauge your strengths and weaknesses. It can give you direction for training and practicing for the next year. So why put in a movement that a lot of people just can’t do?

This isn’t the first time they’ve done this and it won’t be the last. The reason is that when you sign up for a competition like this and HAVE to complete certain movements, you will try, and try harder, than ever before. And that means people accomplish things they have never done before. That’s what competition can do - push you to a new level and show you what you are truly capable of doing.

I actually think the way these workouts are structured are great for testing this. They give you just enough time to get in lots of work on the first two movements, then you get a minute or two or three to try something you have never done before. There really isn’t a way to recreate this day to day. You can’t simulate the competitive environment.

And if you didn’t get your first handstand push up this week, that’s ok. Maybe you are not quite there yet in your fitness journey. But guess what? You can get there!

19.3 is not the end of the journey. It’s just a stopping point along the way to evaluate where you are. You can look back and see where you have been and look ahead at where you want to go.

And trust me, I get it. It is very frustrating at the moment to not be able to do something, but don’t let that get you down. Let it motivate you and push you to keep training and keep attacking those weaknesses, so when these things show up in the future you will be ready!

Workout for Monday, March 11
*Only Increase Weight with Good Position!

Min 1: 7 Power Cleans (155/105) + 7 C2B Pull Ups
Min 2: 7 Deadlifts (155/105) + 7 Shoulder to Overhead (155/105)
MIn 3: Rest

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