Workout Tuesday February 21st, 2017

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

– Confucius

A. Strict Press 3 x 5; Rest 2 Minutes

B. 4 Rounds of

30/30’s – 30 second work, 30 second rest

Wall Ball – plant your heels and squeeze your flutes

Pull Ups – what’s your goal? Do that.

Burpees – Move quickly, if you can’t – adapt.

Forward Leaning Rest – You’ll thank me later.

DU’s – If you don’t have these practice them, don’t scale to singles.

Articles -> What’s your goal?  We ask our clients this question a lot.  It seems pretty straight forward yet it’s a source of conflict for some people.  It reminds me of the AFLAC commercials I keep seeing on tv.  The guy having surgery to remove his gall bladder but instead the Dr. says Corvette. He gets all confused and doesn’t understand that because he doesn’t have AFLAC he’s gonna have to sell his car to pay the hospital bill.  It’s kinda like that when it comes to exercise.  You may be working out with the intent of losing weight or getting stronger and things are going well so you start to add in extra stuff so they get better faster.  But no matter how hard you try those last lbs. still hang on, or some come back, and your strict press stays the same.  This leads people to think that they need to workout even harder or do even more post workout work.  The problem with this is the extra things you are doing to lose weight or get stronger are not actually the things your body needs.  i.e. More is not always better.

For instance, if you want to get better at Snatches and Clean & Jerks adding weight and doing lots of shitty reps over and over in workouts isn’t gong to help you.  If your goal to get better is important to you then you won’t have a problem stopping that. If your goal is actually something else then you’re gonna ask me a bunch of questions you already know the answer to and your goals will create conflict. i.e. stress.

In the strength and conditioning classes I don’t start to teach people how to do a kipping or butterfly pull up until they can perform a few strict ones.  Even though it makes perfect sense to me and I feel better a client with a goal to learn how to do a kipping pull up isn’t going to be very happy with me.  This is why it’s important to understand goals and why they are important to someone.  Cue interesting articles from the vast inter webs of personal opinion…

You should do kipping pull ups, but only if your mobility is good, if not you shouldn’t because they will f*$% you up. It all depends on what your goal is.  So, what’s your goal?

And no, this doesn’t mean I’ll teach you how to do kipping pull ups…


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  1. Hahaha! “If you want to do pull-ups, just do pullups. Don’t do some half-assed wannabe pull-up and feel good about a giant B.S. number.” #keepyourkiptoyourself

    I appreciate the presentation of all the angles on this one, Skipper! No fake news here.

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