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Five Rounds for time:
15 Deadlifts (185#/125#)
15 Toes-to-bar

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A line of super people.


Injuries~ by Chris Slaughter, Part 2

Competitors – Life is Training/Competing – This supersedes comfort and rational reasonable fitness. These people are the Matt Chan style; they are going to rise to above-average expectations of themselves because they can, and are passionate and driven to compete and win. Competing takes precedence, not comfort, not what’s rational, and often competitors will try to do whatever it takes within reason to win. If you look at Olympic or even elite level athletes, all have suffered injuries because they are listening to the voice that says do what it takes, and subduing the voices that say this sucks. It sounds extreme, but it’s encoded into our DNA and generally we look at these people as inspiring. Injuries occur statistically higher here than in the average populous because the body and mind (the same one as above) is stimulated harder. It’s kind of like running the throttle at 90% all of the time instead of at 50%. More demand leads to more wear and tear, it’s pretty much that simple. There’s some gray area here of whether or not the competitive person is with ones-self or with others. There is a lot of cross-over.

Limit Breakers – Individuals who will ignore logical signs subconsciously for that little bit more extreme next phase. – Danny MacAskill, Jeb Corliss, Jeremy Jones, Ken Block, Sarah Burke, Travis Pastrana, Tony Hawk, Ashley Fiolek, Shane Bonifay, Felix Baumgartner. If you haven’t heard of any of these people a quick YouTube search will yield some amazingly jaw-dropping video of extreme sports in action and people who have pushed themselves and limits to see what the limit really is. It’s important to understand this is life for these people, they cannot eradicate the thought or desire for the “next” level of progression. “That was fun” generally doesn’t satisfy, it’s “I wonder if I could shave a couple of seconds off my time”, or a little bit higher, a little bit bigger. These people have different perceptions of reality and have radically changed what was once conceived of as possible. 

These are just a few examples but they are everywhere. When going into uncharted territory, unforeseen things happen. Injuries occur here usually in the highest statistical percentage of physical endeavors. Extreme is a relative term, just like intensity in CrossFit. The vehicle land speed record in 1899 was 41.4 mph, which was extreme in 1899, now it is 768 mph. It’s also not only action sports. People that crochet as a hobby usually start off with something small and then wonder if they can do something bigger, and eventually usually try. To some degree this stuff is a genetic part of us.

High Rep Olympic Lifting – The Safety & Reasoning. – I’ve seen a lot of blog posts pop up about high rep Olympic lifting and its safety and functioning. First off, you don’t do high-rep Olympic weightlifting with near max weights. That is dumb. Since Olympic lifting is demanding neurologically and muscularly, form can and will break down once exhaustion is met, but like Pat Sherwood has eloquently elicited; it also begins to break down under near-max loads of singles while totally fresh. The same thing happens with marathon runners, with rowers, with chess players, etc etc… Even mechanical systems like your car will begin to break down if you push them past what they are currently capable of. High-rep Olympic/power style lifting can be incredibly useful, both for muscular stamina and phosphocreatine and glycolytic energy pathway stimulation. It does have its place in an all-around general physical preparedness programs. Imagine running an 800 as fast as you can; a sprint. You know that last 200m is going to suck and your form is probably going to break down a little bit. It takes about three minutes, give or take. Now imagine doing Randy (75 power snatches @75#/55#), it also takes about three minutes, and the last 25 reps or so are going to suck and not look as pretty as the first 50. Honestly I’ve done them both at least half a dozen times, and they feel VERY similar in all aspects. And nobody ever said “oh an 800 meter run was never meant to be done fast”, and you also don’t run one step, stop, reset, and repeat for 800 steps. Both are safe and effective as long as you’re smart.

Part 3 to come  Thursday…


  1. Cherie :

    Great post Slaughter can’t wait til Thursday

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