Friday, July 5

The other day the workout had handstand walks in it. This is a weakness of mine (Brian), and I was looking forward to practicing them in the class. I have a hard time forcing myself to practice skills outside of class, so I need to take full advantage when they’re in class.

So I had 10 rounds, one minute each, to work on handstand walking. Here we go! I kick up, plant my hands, and reach my feet towards the ceiling - for about two seconds. Then I came right back down. I did it again and again, never really getting more than four feet at a time.

Three or four rounds into the workout I wondered whether I should move to a different option - wall walks, or shoulder touches. I decided not to. Not because those movements aren’t as good for you or because they are “scaled,” but because I needed to keep trying.

Trust me, I scale weights and movements all of the time when it is appropriate (quite often), but I knew that what I needed to do that day was keep kicking up and trying to walk on my hands. It was all about getting in reps and continuing to practice. And not giving up.

We try to work with you daily on picking the right weights and movements that will get you the best bang for your buck on each workout. There’s not one right answer for everyone, but for the most part, we can find the right answer for you before the workout begins. Then it’s about grit. Then you have the challenge in front of you and you keep pushing through.

What I am talking about is not giving up when things get hard. There are times when we know you need to switch to a different option because that’s the right thing at that time. But there are times when we need to commit to the challenge and not give up.

Don’t just get tired and modify. Don’t take weight off the bar because the reps are getting tougher. If you are still moving safely don’t give yourself an out. It’s supposed to be hard.

We’re always watching and sometimes we jump in and modify weights and movements mid workout. We’ve been coaching people for lots of years and know when it’s time to change. What I am encouraging you to do is to try to embrace the challenge and keep pushing. I think you’ll find yourself stronger mentally and physically if you do.

Workout for Friday, July 5
Strict Press
*Build Up in Weight to Find 5 Rep Max

9 min AMRAP
10 Shoulder to Overhead (95/65)
15 Box Jumps

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