THE IMPORTANCE OF STRENGTH AND GRIT - Michael Reynolds
Mark Rippetoe has an oft-quoted (but rarely attributed) statement that “Strong people are harder to kill, and more useful in general.”
Is he talking about people with 800lb deadlifts? What about folks that can snatch 315lbs? (I know WL convention is kilos and all the cool kids list those numbers, but I’m an old-school American.)
After having a whiskey (or three) with the man himself a number of years ago, I’d posit that he’s talking about not only physical but mental strength in all facets of existence.
I’d never advocate a 800lb deadlift without the ability to run or climb stairs. Or a 315lb snatch without the ability to move laterally or carry a large weight over long distances. Another quote he uses and attributes to Robert Heinlein is that “Specialization is for insects.” (the entire quote can be found here.
In order to get good at all the things, you not only have to build resistance to the pressures, but develop this idea of grit.
Grit can be defined in psychology is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual's perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state (a powerful motivation to achieve an objective). Sounds an awful lot like what we do here at Choice City.
We develop strength and cardio and flexibility etc. in equal measure. When it comes to grit, you’ve got to bring some of that with you. We can polish it and make it better, but you’ve got to develop it on your own. You develop it by not setting the bar down right when you want to, or not walking when you run around the corner away from the coaches’ vision. By sticking to your decisions and commitments.
We’ll do our best to challenge your grit and help you become a stronger, harder person to kill.
? of the DAY - You get to choose a new name, what would it be?
WARM UP - 3 minutes of jump roping!
1 minute stepping lunges
1 minute plank shoulder taps
1 minute Side Planks
MOBILIZE - Lacrosse ball roll yo’ feet!
STRENGTH - (3 x 20 with :30 rest between sets)
Stick with one movement for all sets then move on!
Go fairly light but you can use different DB for each!
DB Alternating Hammer Curls
DB Arnold Press
DB Front Raises
DB Lateral Raises
COACH PREP - Review Movements of “Manmakers”
WOD - AMRAP 10:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 … (cont.)
20 Double Unders
(Scale to 20 tuck jumps)