It’s true, I have to admit. I’d much rather drive than be a passenger, I’d rather have the remote than watch someone else change the channels and I’d rather be at the keyboard than watch someone show me something on the internet. But the control I’m talking about here is control of yourself and whatever external object you may be lifting, snatching, throwing, or swinging. You need to have control of your body while you’re deadlifting or squatting, and you certainly need to have control of anything you’re putting through a range of motion. If you let that object (barbell, med ball, kettlebell, etc.) control YOU, you’re done. It will always win the battle and you will end up with the short end of the stick.
Remember Steve Irwin, “The Crocodile Hunter”? When that guy jumped on a crocodile’s back he did it to subdue the beast so it could be tied up and taken to safety (or perhaps just because he was a nutjob). When he was on the croc’s back, he didn’t jump on and then relax – he jumped on, held on tight, and stayed completely vigilant for any reaction the croc might have until long after he was assured it was safe to move. You need to do the same thing when performing any movement at the gym (or anywhere, for that matter). The moment you relax or let your body go at all passive might very well be the moment you lose control of the barbell and you miss the lift, or worse, the moment the barbell comes crashing down on your head and ruin your whole day.
The message here is that you need to stay vigilant. Keep your back, abs, glutes, hamstrings, shoulders, legs, feet, arms, hands, face, ears, and hair tighter than you think you need to. Brace your entire body HARD to ensure total and complete control over the object you’re lifting, snatching, throwing or catching, and maintain that whole-body tension throughout the entire movement, or you will get stabbed through the heart by a stingray that jumps into your boat like Steve Irwin did. Well maybe not, but keeping more tension than you think you need to will make you stronger and better at everything.
“WTF” (What The “Fran”)
7 Rounds, 2 minutes per round, 1 minute per exercise, no rest until it’s over, for total reps:
Thrusters [Men – 65 lbs | Women – 43 lbs.] Pullups