Monday, February 29, 2016

A high barrier to entry


Sometimes Mike and I talk about our gym as having a high barrier to entry. What that means is that there is a certain level of commitment, a willingness to learn lots of new things and engage in something difficult and uncomfortable, that appeals to only a small proportion of people.

Think about it, most people would rather pedal on a stationary bike or move through some resistance machines on autopilot than attempt to do demanding, high-skill movements like a barbell snatch or a kettlebell jerk or a perfect push-up or full-depth squat. Our programmed conditioning workouts and brief and intense enough that you can't just check out mentally and move through them. Strength work demands focus and attention so that you can safely move a lot of weight without injury.

I'm proud of you all because you came in that door showing that you were willing to take on that discomfort, to push yourself in new ways, and to perseverate through challenges. Have you noticed that when you mention your training to friends and family, they aren't exactly begging to go with you? In fact, your loved ones might mock you a bit for how hard you work at this stuff when it would be so much simpler to go for a jog around the neighborhood. If you ever feel frustrated with your progress, look at the bigger picture and see all the difficult tasks you are meeting head-on.

Challenge those friends who think you're a little crazy to come in and do what you do for just one day. Who knows, maybe you'll convert them. And if not, I think they'll leave with a little more respect for you.
Workout
strength - add weight from last time (more info) 

power snatch 5x2 

then

5 rounds

every 5:00
15 push press
20 walking lunges
15 swings