Unringing The Bell (Thu 5/13/10)

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Remember back in the old days when writing meant actually using a pen and paper? You know…back when you were in grammar school, and the teachers would make you hand in a book report that was like a WHOLE page long? This was an important document you were tasked with writing and you were going to take it very seriously, so after you read the book you began to write, IN YOUR BEST HANDWRITING, your beloved report. It takes you what seems like hours to finish this masterpiece, and when you proudly show the finished product to your mom, she points out at least 15 misspelled words. You scratch them out and re-write them correctly in the space between the lines, but now the whole thing looks terrible and is difficult to read. There’s no way you can turn THAT in! So what do you do?

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Yep, you start over. The good news is that now you have all that experience you can learn from so you don’t make the same mistakes again.

Sometimes when you’re trying to find a way to fix a bad movement pattern, all the things you try to do to fix it end up making it look and feel worse and worse. When that happens the best thing to do is to stop trying to fix it and go back to the beginning and start over. And I mean SERIOUSLY start over, as if you’ve never done the movement before. Generally this occurs when you try to skip past the practice of the fundamentals because they’re boring or because the more advanced movements look sexier; however, I assure you that if your fundamentals are not sound, then the advanced sexy movements are far more like that scratched out book report. I can also assure you that you are putting yourself at risk for injury, perpetuating current injuries, and working WAY harder than you should be.

Anyone who’s seen my most recent snatch PR video on facebook will see exactly what I mean, and I am starting over teaching my body how to do that extraordinarily complex series of movements. If I can do it, you can do it. So do it – and make yourself better than you are now.


100 Double-Unders


As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:

10 Deadlifts (185/113)
10 Box Jumps
10 Chest To Bar Pullups


As many reps as possible in 60 seconds of:

Floor to overhead (115/63)