150610 - Stephen Hawking Can't Do It | CrossFit, Catalyst

Self-defeatism is alive and well. When people ask me how to lose that last stubborn 10 lbs, I tell them stop drinking beer/wine/tequila. I hear: "I can't do that." When I say get your elbows up in the front rack, same. When I say, lock your elbows out and do not bend them when you go into your handstand, I hear it again. And again, ad nauseum (grunts: ad nauseum)

I'd understand you saying that if I said to you: "Figure this shit out." (see below)

It perplexes even Stephen Hawking. It's hard. But you know what? Stephen's working on it, pretty much every waking hour of every day and if he doesn't get it, I'll be shocked because he is dug in like a tick. 

Stephen Hawking cannot do a handstand. True statement. No matter how much he wants to, no matter how many times he tries, he cannot because he has a pretty advanced stage of ALS aka Lou Gehrig's Disease. Stephen Hawking literally can't handstand or squat or walk. He can say that and get away with it.

You, my relatively healthy friend with most if not all your arms, legs, hand, feet, digits, and lack of motor-neurone disease cannot. You need to expose yourself to these things and practice. And practice. And when I give you cues, or hints, or explain how to do it more efficiently, better or most importantly correctly, it behooves you to listen. With multiple exposures you WILL get better. I guarantee it. 

So Instead of saying you can't do it. Maybe you say "I'll give it a try," or better yet,

"I will do it."

3 rounds
25 double-unders
20 windmills
15 hand-release push-ups


5 plyo plate push ups M:45s F:35s
10 plate push-ups
15 hand-release push-ups
Rest 2:
5 front squats @65% 1RM BS
10 squat jumps minimum 6 inches off the floor (touch bar or ring)
15 air squats
Rest 2: 
5 plate overhead walking lunges M:45 F:25
10 plate hug walking lunges
15 walking lunges

Power clean 
70% x 3 x 5
Clean Pull 
70% x 3 x 5
Power Jerk 
65% x 3 x 5
Split Jerk 
65% x 5
70% x 5 
80% x 5

Michael Reynolds

CrossFit Level 1 Coach