I regularly attend three CrossFit classes per week. I try my best to have the three classes fall during the week and save the weekends for other athletic activities. Given my schedule, which like everyone’s includes a variety of work, family and other social obligations, I cannot cherry-pick workouts. I don’t have the flexibility to skip a day because I don’t like one or two elements of that day’s WOD. Plus, my coaches highly discourage it.
If I ever did cherry-pick a workout, it would always be to avoid any WOD that involves thrusters. I know hate is a strong word, but I hate them. My loathing for thrusters is comparable to Roger Ebert’s infamous review of the movie North, in which he wrote, “I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it….” It goes on for a few more sentences.
The reason all goes back to squats. They have been the bane of my existence since I started CrossFit. All my coaches know that they are my weakness. And thrusters just make squats worse because weight is added to them. At tonight’s class I had to do 100 thrusters as part of the WOD.
Knowing the squat is a weakness, it will need to be a point of focus in my training. I can almost predict with 100% certainty that thrusters will be part of the workout during Freeze Fest.
I am meeting with my individual coach, Peter, on Friday to go over my goals and review some elements that I need work on. Though I despise them, I know that I have to put thrusters, and thus squats, at the top of the agenda. Yuck!
- EMOM / 8 minutes: 3 L-pullups + 2 Deficit Push-ups + Double-Unders
- Mobility [ 10 inchworms + Pigeon stretch + squat hold ]
- 1,000 meter Row + 40,30,20,10 Dumbbell Thrusters @ 20# + Sit-ups + 1,000 meter Row
# of days to Freeze Fest: 122