Wrists (not made of) steel

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Just three people, Nick, Emily, and Jeff, attended the 8:45 am WOD, so you know what that meant: a HUGE crowd at 10! Twenty folks also attended the Community WOD.

Notice how I’m not posting the programming for the Community WOD? Hmmm, I wonder why that is…

I had informed Jeff that I would complete the “Death by Push Jerk” with the 10 am group — but then forgot to do so. As there was such a large crowd, and as I can be so very damn loud, it’s probably best that I coached the entire session. Jeff’s much nicer than I am, too. Just saying.

I was exceedingly proud of Michelle, Ashlee, and Roda for their amazing feats of strength! I’m also very proud of Jeff for push jerking the most weight.

I only wish that I had completed “Death” with others and/or with a coach, as I wasn’t able to dig deep enough on my own. More in a moment.

Before I begin, though, I have these three words to say: Apples to oranges.

Strength
OHS
5 reps @ 75, 80, & 85% of 1RM

I completed and recorded sets @ 95, 100, & 105#. And. All. Squats. Felt. Heavy. For the first time in as long as I can remember, my wrists hurt. While I’m pleased with squats, i.e., line of bar was straight up and down and hips were below parallel, I wish that the weight hadn’t felt so damn heavy.

Death by Push Jerk

Complete 1 push jerk on the first minute, 2 push jerks on the second minute, etc., until you are no longer able to complete the required reps within the minute. 

I lifted 95#, 65% or push press 1RM. The weight felt light at first, and then felt exceedingly heavy by the 9th round. I’ve never had a workout go so downhill so quickly.

I was able to complete all rounds unbroken until the 11th round. I had to put down the bar twice during both the 11th and 12th rounds, and I had to put down the bar 3 times during the 13th round. I completed the 13th rep with 1o seconds remaining on the clock and said out loud, “That’s it. That’s all that I’m doing.” Huh? I’m confident that, if I had dug deeper and/or if someone had pushed me just a little, that I could’ve completed 14 or even 15 rounds.

Nonetheless, that’s 91 push jerks.

I then completed 100 GHD sit-ups in sets of 35, 2 sets of 15, and remaining sets if reps of 10. While my wrists might not be made of steel, my abs most certainly are.

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