Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday's Workout: The Jerk Store

Strength Skill:
  • Jerks (2 sets of 5, 3 sets of 3)
It's been awhile since our last encounter with jerks at the gym (as part of a strength skill workout, anyway). The movement felt good and smooth today, but I'm sure it's gonna look like crap once I start going heavier. My goal for this 3-week strength cycle is to jerk above my bodyweight (without putting myself in traction with crappy technique).


We did the CrossFit Games Open Workout 11.1 today -- a ten-minute AMRAP of:
  • 30 double-unders
  • 15 power snatches (75/55)
As a reminder, here's what it's supposed to look like:

 My double-unders did not look like this. At all. Why? 'Cause I'm still so rhythmically-challenged that I have to do a single-under between each double-under. This means, of course, that with every round, I have to jump 60 times instead of 30. In a workout like today's, this is a recipe for: (1) exhaustion, (2) frustration, and (3) a crap score. Today, despite feeling pretty decent about heaving the barbell overhead, I eked out only 3 rounds + 31 reps for a score of 166 (as RXed).

The worst part? My inability to string together my double-unders is all in my head. (I think. I hope.)

I NEED MY FRAKKING DOUBLE-UNDERS. But I'm sufficiently self-aware to know that I'm not going to put in the practice necessary to push past this mental block until/unless I set a deadline for myself. So here's it is: I'm giving myself two weeks to crank out at least 5 consecutive double-unders with zero single-unders in-between. If I can't pull this off, the penalty is 100 burpees and everlasting shame.

[UPDATED: Got 'em!]