Failing

The pay sucks, the benefits package is virtually non-existent, and I seem to constantly have chalk on my clothes, but yeah, I have the best job in the world.   

The pay sucks, the benefits package is virtually non-existent, and I seem to constantly have chalk on my clothes, but yeah, I have the best job in the world.

The tale of the tape, 2/2/09.

The tale of the tape, 2/2/09.

Most people don’t like to fail.  Especially CrossFitters.  However, in CrossFit it is quite often good to fail.  In fact, you are often set up to fail.  A lot of people don’t seem to realize that their coach is doing this to them on purpose, and they get frustrated and upset with themselves.

Let’s take yesterday’s clean pulls as an example.  A stick was put across the uprights of a squat stand and the sleeve of the barbell had to hit it every time a clean pull was performed.  As the load on the bar increased, this got harder and harder.  Eventually, the load was too much to jump that high and the lifter failed the lift.  Or did they?

Well, to look at some people’s faces, yes, they did fail and that failure did not feel good or sit well with them.  I know it might sound incredulous as you read this, but people were literally frustrated with themselves that they couldn’t hit the stick over and over again. What did they expect, that they would continually jump shrug the bar to the stick no matter what weight was piled on?  Folks, your coach set you up to fail.  He or she wanted you to fail.  

It’s all about limits.  Do you know where your limits are?  You had better, if you want to push those limits further and further away.  Your coach wants you to push your limits.  To get beyond your comfort zone.  To experience the feel of more load than you are accustomed to in your hands; the power and weight transitioning from your legs to your back, to your traps, all the while pulling against your hands and arms and shoulders, the barbell flexing and bouncing as you jump and shrug.

So yes, I do want you to fail, and the next time you do that movement, I want you to fail again, only this time with a little more weight on the bar.  I want you to regularly collide with your limits, to slam right up against those barriers and ricochet right off, but in doing so, those limits, those barriers, will have been shoved a little further away.

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Workout:

3 Rounds

10 Hang Squat Clean Thrusters 135/85#

15 Pullups

10 Kettlebell Swings 63/45#

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