Monday 160208

3 5-minute rounds for max reps at each station:

From 0:00-2:00, run 400 meters then double-unders
From 2:00-3:00, Dumbbell push jerks 40#(25#)
From 3:00-4:00, Pull-ups
From 4:00-5:00, Dumbbell hang squat cleans 40#(25#)

Rest 5 minutes between rounds.

Post to BTWB

Weighted pull ups Chance and Kaplan style. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

Weighted pull ups Chance and Kaplan style. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

I think we all fall victim to thinking we know more than we actually do.  The CrossFit Journal had a fantastic article on the topic when concerning the most basic of movements, the air squat.

SQUAT BETTER TODAY

Your ego has cursed you. Break the spell in three steps.

BY MIKE WARKENTIN | FEBRUARY 2016

“There is a compelling tendency among novices …
to quickly move past the fundamentals.”
—Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO

Read that quote twice. Maybe three times. Now admit that you—yes, you—are afflicted by the novice’s curse. Far more powerful than the Madden Curse combined with the Curse of the Hope Diamond, the novice’s curse is utterly indis – criminate: It affects 99 percent of people who do anything. Luke Skywalker succumbed when he brushed off the last of his training and went to fight Vader. Your partner bowed to the curse when he or she tried to assemble the new barbecue without reading the instructions. Your kids got a taste when they fired up “Guitar Hero III” and tried to play “Through the Fire and Flames” on expert mode before they mastered easy mode. You’re burdened by the curse when you squat. I’d bet this is true no matter how long you’ve been squatting.

In fact, the longer you’ve been squatting, the more certain I am that you’ve neglected the fundamentals. At a recent CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, I learned that I’ve lived under the novice’s curse for some time. After sinking into the bottom of a squat first learned at a seminar in 2009, I was quickly reminded that a technically sound air squat is way more difficult than it seems.
Instead of drilling the air squat every day for the last seven years, I’ve viewed it only as “some shit I need to do before I load up the barbell and max out.” Similarly, I tried to snatch more than I could overhead squat, and I tried to walk on my hands before I could hold a handstand. As I sat in the bottom and worked to hold the best squat I could, it became clear that I haven’t struggled to achieve the position in years. Nevertheless, I hoped I was in the sort of glorious air squat that would coax a single tear from the eye and draw slow, deliberate clapping. “Shift your weight back a little,” instructor Rory Zambard said. “Squeeze your butt.”

I shifted and turned on lazy hamstrings and glutes, and the squat became even more difficult—but it felt stronger and more balanced.  If you haven’t reviewed the fundamentals and practiced air squats recently, it’s high time to do so.  As I performed more reps with the right muscles engaged, I had a revelation: I miss PR back squats because I let the weight shift toward my forefoot, which is a real problem when you have a decent load on your back. And there, of course, is the laser beam that shoots through 5,000 bad reps to connect a single good air squat at a Level 1 course and the PR back squat I keep missing

So how do you squat better today? I’ll lay it out it three simple steps:

1. Shake off the novice’s curse by reading “Virtuosity” and “Squat Clinic” by Glassman.

2. Spend a full hour working on the air squat with a skilled coach or film yourself and ruthlessly identify each error. Fix as many as you can in 60 minutes—and you won’t get all of them. Revisit this step regularly.

3. Try to perform every single warm-up or workout air squat with virtuosity.

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