What it is.
True to its form and reputation, Outlaw programing will break you down, leave you bewildered, and completely demoralize your entire training outlook. You have to be stronger, solid willed, and either completely stupid or unnaturally driven to accept. You’re accepting what you are—not what you want to be, not what you dream to be, and certainly not what you’re capable of. It’s a lot of failure. So true is the correlations to life in general. Your history is obviously more remarked by the successes than your failure. However, I believe your failures are the foundation to any success.
I started off today fairly strong. I still feel very apprehensive towards the Olympic lifts. I’m not exactly scared of them. However, I’m really setting a foundation to build upon. For anyone that’s ever progressed in a strength program or athletic sport you’ll understand that the minute details that stand to stabilize and set athletes apart in higher skill events and professional sports are paramount in that process. Without these building blocks of any athletic venture, progress falls short and athletic abilities stabilize. That is where I am with the Olympic lifts. I’m still building foundations. I do not allow crappy form. Any deviation from perfect form and it’s null and void, redone, or the weight is readjusted. Do I push myself? One can argue that without any degradation in form how can an athlete push themselves? This question is also modulated to the “intensity vs. form” debate. It’s well understood that as intensity increases, form typically decreases. As such, intensity is well known to be the fastest way to human physiological adaptation and advancement. Without intensity, you decrease the rate of advancement of physiological and arguable mental adaptation. The aforementioned questions within my idea of training can simply be answered. I increase weight marginally to support specific goals. Speed, intensity, and form are paramount. Once any of these are marginalized, weight is kept the same. However, on occasion, I’ll fail a lift and push on. These are often mental issues. This drives us towards the topic of failure.
I fail a lot. At least once or twice per training day. What do I consider a failed lift or movement? Pretty much anything that has departed from perfect. I know; high standards. Reverse a little and regurgitate the fact that perfection of foundations builds the abilities needed at the top of any athletic movement. The whole point here is to better myself. Any degradation of anything does little to build success. However, without failure and degradation, you have not found intensity. Stepping beyond a known lift or movement requires intensity of mind and body to accomplish. It all revolves around failure and intensity. The two are highly correlated in athletic progress. Without high mental and physical intensity you will fail. With failure exposes a lack of intensity.
I found a lot of failure today.
1) 5X2 Split Jerk off Blocks – heavier than last week, rest 60 sec.
185, 195, 195, 185, 135 (wanted to work on getting lower)
2) 7X1 Hang Snatch (just below the knee) – heaviest possible with near perfect technique, rest as needed
135, 135, 150, 155, 155, 155x, 155x (Started well, lost it mentally)
3) 7X1 Hang Clean (just below the knee) – heaviest possible with near perfect technique, rest as needed
170, 205, 205x, 205 horrible, 170, 170 (Could not get my body together)
3 Power Cleans 185/120#
15 DB Thrusters 60/40#
6 Power Cleans 185/120#
12 DB Thrusters 60/40#
9 Power Cleans 185/120#
9 DB Thrusters 60/40#
This went fairly well for me. Broke the cleans in 3s. Everything else was left unbroken. All three sets of double unders were unbroken. I’ve been using that speed rope I was given from WECF. Thanks Tim! That thing is fast. However, I don’t think I’m going to be using it for training WODs. I’d rather gas myself purposely with a heavier rope and build conditioning.
That’s about it for now. I’m currently depressing myself while watching the CF Games.
On a side note. Lauren has now confessed her addiction to the iPhone game of “Bejewled.”
More on addiction later.