CrossFit Evergreen – CrossFit
“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” – Michelangelo
From a man who is recognized as one of the greatest artists of all time.
There’s the intoxicating myth in our society that there is such a thing as natural, born talent. An “anointed” factor that leads to such heights of achievement.
Yet here he is, Michelangelo himself, expressing his backbone to success.
It’s easy to dismiss achievements to factors we can’t control. To say history is by chance. It’s far harder, to admit that it’s another level of true grit and unrelenting effort. To realize that the great Michaelangelo simply worked his ass off.
When we recognize through his very own admission that his success was found through his unyielding desire to work through adversity after adversity… we too, can see our potential in whatever we choose to pursue.
Greatness is not by chance. It is by choice.
We just need to work for it.
On the 1:30 x 7 Sets:
1 Snatch Pull
1 Low Hang Power Snatch
Set #1 – 65%
Set #2 – 70%
Sets #3-7 (5 Sets) – Build to a heavy for the day.
Snatch Pull – Arms stay long and loose. We finish here with a big shrug at the top, but we do not actively bend the elbows. Focus here is on bar path, breaking off the ground and keeping in close contact with the body through active lats.
Low Hang Power Snatch – Bar is as close to the ground as possible, but not touching the ground. This trains postural strength as we are lowering to a near floor position, but forcing ourselves to control the descent as well as start from a challenging position.
On the 4:00 x 5 Rounds:
15/12 Calorie Row
9 Barbell-Facing Burpees
6 Power Snatches
Barbell – 95/65 Rx+=135/95
Building intensity through intervals.
We are looking to have our athletes finish in the rough area of two minutes per round. This will naturally vary between athletes. Our score however, will only be our slowest round.
In other words, if we have rounds that look as follows, the slowest time will be our score for the day:
1:45, 1:49, 2:01, 2:09, 1:52
Stimulus wise, we have a moderately heavy barbell at the end of each set – the 6 power snatches. We are looking for a load that we could cycle for 9+ repetitions when completely fresh, if we went for it. On the challenging side, but one that we are very confident we could complete in sets throughout the workout if we had to. Singles at a point inside this workout is by no means the wrong approach – but we want the barbell to be managable enough so that we simply aren’t forced to.
Today is a great opportunity to push the bike. To capitalize on the exponential accumulaiton of calories. Recognizing that our rest is going to be limited between rounds, it is not an all-out sprint, but let’s get outside out comfort zone here, reminding ourselves that we are in training. We’d rather make a mistake here by pushing a bit too hard on the bike, than not hard enough.
On the barbell-facing burpees, a smooth, methodical pace is our aim. We are looking for an immediate transition to the barbell, so being a touch conservative on our pacing here to allow that will be important. If we see ourselves struggling some on the barbell loading, we want to pace these a little more. If we are very storng on the barbell, we can push our intensity here.
And finally, on this power snatch barbell, we are looking for an aggressive finish. We do not need to complete these six repetitions unbroken, but as the stimulus details above, we could if we had to on the first round.