Monday 120213

For time:

25 Walking lunges
20 Pull-ups
50 Box jumps, 20″
20 Double-unders
25 Ring dips
20 Knees to elbows 
30 Kettlebell swings, 2pood/1.5pood
30 AbMat sit-ups
20 Dumbell squat cleans, 35#/20#
25 Hip extensions
30 Wall ball shots, 20#/14#
3 Rope climbs

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Injuries are part of being human.  Some are preventable, some are not.  They are less then fun, I’d even call them un-fun and sometimes even scary.   After watching the video some may say, well if Zach had never tried to lift that much weight he’d never had gotten hurt in the first place. He also would not have won a U.S. National Championship.  That’s an easy enough rational for Zach, but what about us?  We aren’t on track to win any Championships, we just want to be as fit and healthy as we can be.

I’m here to tell you that you are going to have injury set backs regardless of your elite fitness level.  ALL people do.  What is different is what shape the body is in before the set back, how well people listen to their body to nip things before they get worse, how quickly they heal and what they do in the process.  Fitness (specifically, I mean increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains) is your hedge against decrepitude. Decrepitude is the logical path of an organism, humans included.

If you want to age gracefully, you have to run fast, push and pull your body weight around and lift heavy shit.  That’s just the way it goes.  You know the saying, if you don’t use it you lose it, period!

So what do you do if you have a tweak, injury, are pregnant or have in-flexibilities?  First talk to your coaches, they will scale you so that you can still workout without injuring yourself further.  Shoot an e-mail to Joylyn and Cherie at explaining the injury.   If you really want to take the bull by its horns your going to need to set up a personal training to go over a rehab plan.  You’d be surprised about how an hour of talking about you and how to get you better can help propel your healing.  The bottom line is… TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE in your healing process.

We all have choices and though it lives in the un-fun category, re-habing yourself takes a TON of patience, time, pain and dedication.  No one is going to do it for you and you won’t get better without addressing the problem.

Let’s revisit the above video.  On 2/25/2010, Zach snapped both of his wrists on a 352# clean, told by his surgeon he would NEVER lift over 100# overhead again. His wrists just wouldn’t be able to do it. Two weeks later he was back in the gym.  Not using his wrists, but squatting, keeping the rest of his body strong. Six months later rehab on his wrists started.  All the while he had been continuing to “workout”, absent the use of his hands.  Eight months later he defied the Doctors predictions and reached 110# overhead.  One year later he was cleaning the same weight he snapped his wrists with.  One year and one month later he qualified for the U.S. Nationals.  That year becoming the U.S. National Champ.  Finally after a series of personal records he put 423# overhead almost 2 years after the injury.  Now I ask you is Zach special?  Did he have any magic healing pills?  He had one thing for sure, he had a hedge built up.  But, he possessed something that we all can tap into; the will to work hard, smartly and painfully to an end that is far better then the place we may find ourselves in now.

No matter what life may throw our way.  It’s always a choice to build the hedge back up.  Take responsibility for your outcome and keep heading back in after a defeat or injury, keep pushing and who knows you might just heal faster and stronger then you were before.


  1. Leslie :

    Great post! I have been working on my bad knee all this year and it is probably the best it will ever be. I blew it out when I was 20 (ACL, MCL, LCL) and rehabbed it as directed but I was mean to it for years afterward. All the abuse , wear and tear and not correctly doing things has lead to arthritis, bone spurs and constant inflammation. I will eventually need surgery but with happy treatment I can now do everything (except running, jumping really high and touching my heel to my butt) that I want to do. Take care of your injuries people. If you don’t take care of an injury correctly (like me) you can end up with an 80yo knee on a 38yo person.

  2. luke :

    Wow. What a video. Absolutely amazing.

  3. Danni :

    Amazing, just amazing! Totally worth sharing.

  4. Jordan :

    This chipper was great. Compared to 5/12/11 I dropped 10 minutes and completed all movements RX. Still seeing all of the improvements from the challenge!

  5. Gabriel :

    After finishing the challenge, I decided to experiment by reintroducing some of those forbidden foods like cheese, corn, legumes, and wheat/beer. OH MAN. I got so sick I couldn’t finish the workout. My god, what a difference the paleo/zone diet made in my energy levels and endurance. I literally felt like I had food poisoning, and I am STILL recovering. I hope to be back into the gym in a day or two, and I am not going back to eating wheat or cow dairy (mayyybe some goat/sheep).

    I am seriously considering getting some food allergy testing done, because wow, I couldn’t believe how horrible I felt immediately after reintroducing those foods!

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