Respect The Barbell (Thu 9/9/10)

By September 8, 2010CFMC Blog Archives

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The barbell is both your best friend and your worst enemy. It is there for you whether you’ve had a good day or a bad one, whether it’s raining or snowing or sunny, and it will leave you alone if you ignore it. But it’s also there waiting for you, watching you come into the gym, like a stack of Geico money with big stupid eyeballs on it staring at you, day in and day out. It doesn’t care if you feel like lifting, if you’re feeling weak or strong, or if you’re having second thoughts about your abilities in that particular moment. It just simply doesn’t care – it is going to do what a barbell does, and that is make you reach deep inside to discover what you’re really made of. If you pull on it wrong it will destroy your spine, but if you do it right it will make you run to the nearest computer to update your facebook status with your new PR. And you know what? Yep – it doesn’t care one way or the other.

It has a job to do, and it does it better than anything. It’s there to test you, to push you, to teach you, to build you into a better human being while at the same time making sure you know who’s boss. Don’t ever get into a fight with a barbell because chances are enormous that you’ll end up with a barbell-shaped dent in your ass from where you were beaten by it. Make friends with it and it will turn you into an iron-clad warrior. Become enemies, and I assure you that you will wind up the one worse off.

Today’s WOD:

100 Squats
90 Situps
80 Kettlebell Swings (35/25)
70 Pushups
60 Walking Lunges
50 Double-Unders
40 Pullups
30 Wallballs
20 Burpees
10 Handstand Pushups