no images were foundEvery day at the gym you have an opportunity to become better at something. Whether it’s refining your mechanics in a complicated movement, going a little harder or faster, doing one more rep before you take the break you promised yourself – there’s always something to improve. With that in mind, you will not always be able to do more in order to move forward. In fact, sometimes you have to take a fairly large step backward in order to improve. And no, I’m not smoking anything.
Let’s say you have great big huge muscles and can deadlift a dump truck. That’s wonderful, if your goal is to deadlift a dump truck. But if your goal is to be better today than you were yesterday, then you need to figure out a way to deadlift a dumptruck and a pebble. Maybe your knees cave in ever so slightly when you’re deadlifting that nine million pounds. BINGO!! A way you can improve has just been found! Time to get cracking! Why would you NOT do everything you could to resolve that minor issue if it will help you improve?
How about if you can snatch 225 lbs. because you’re so strong (and you’ve been doing that for a year), but your technique is the equivalent of getting your cat’s attention by hitting it on the head with a hammer? Again, that’s great if your ultimate goal in life is to snatch 225 lbs., but it’s clear that your strength has gotten you as far as it can. Time to back the snatch truck up and focus on fixing the fundamentals (which translates into no more 225 lb snatches for awhile).
But don’t just step back a little bit, step back as much as you need to in order to fix what needs fixing. If you’re going to take the time to try and fix the problem, then do it right. Don’t just hit it with a hammer and expect it to work – it won’t. Just ask your cat.
“The Gates Of Hell”
100 Thrusters (95/63)
On every odd-numbered minute, do 3 Deadlifts (315/223)
On every even-numbered minute, do 6 Pullups
Continue until you’ve completed all 100 Thrusters