Workout of the Day:
Rounds of 21, 15 and 9 reps for time of:
Sumo Deadlift (medium ~ 70% of 5 rep max)
Pushing to the Limit
Written by Courtney “Boozebag” Johnson
Last summer I could not power clean more than 85 lbs. no matter how hard I tried. More than 100 lbs. seemed like a far off dream. That dream has become a reality, and it’s no accident. Some will contribute my improved performance to consistency or better eating habits – both of which I am practicing – but I am an emotional person, and for me the biggest battle has always been getting over my mental barriers. Until very recently I would always scale the weight prescribed for the workout, assuming that it would be too much for me and I would not be able to finish if I didn’t use a smaller weight. But the coaches and CrossFit Invictus weren’t having it, and they forced me to stop scaling my workouts. They would simply look at me and say, “you’re doing this as prescribed.” I thought they were insane, and thought to myself, “boy will they feel bad when that heavy barbell lands on my head.” But once the WOD started, I realized I could do it, and I did. I completed a few WODs with the prescribed weight – weights that I had always thought were way too heavy for me – and then I committed to trying to do (almost) all of them as prescribed. What I realized was that it wasn’t that I wasn’t strong enough before, but rather that I had assumed I wasn’t strong enough. Once I started pushing myself I realized I was stronger than I ever thought possible, and that has since caused me to push myself in many other aspects of CrossFit and in my own life.
***Editor’s Note – This week Boozebag power cleaned 158 lbs. and easily handled the 105 lb. thrusters in Tuesday’s thruster/double-under workout. Progress is an amazing thing when our athletes are as consistent and dedicated as she is.