CrossFit and Pottery…so much in common

October 20, 2011 - Thursday

Workout of the Day
Testing Make-Up Day
If you missed it yesterday, enjoy your “20-Minute Capacity Test”

If you tested yesterday, here is what is on tap for today . . .
Five sets of:

Romanian Deadlift x 6-8 reps @ 21X1
Rest 60 seconds
Double-Unders x Max Reps in 45 seconds
Rest 60 seconds;
and then,


Five rounds for time of:
225/155 lb. Deadlift x 5 reps
Run 100 Meters

Optional Finisher – Max Handstand Hold

CrossFit and Pottery Malcolm Gladwell writes in his book Outliers about a class that was divided into two groups.  One group of students  were given one chance to make one great pot, with a semester’s worth of planning time.   The other group was asked to make as many pots as possible.  The second group ended up making the best pot.  By far. 

What’s the takeaway?  When learning new movements, lots of our athletes get caught up thinking too much.  We say lift and nothing happens, because the athlete is so concerned with getting EVERYTHING perfect.   But often, a bad rep can give focus on what needs to be corrected.   

So, for every movement, get your starting stance down, focus on one or two performance cues (“tight core, weight back) and go.  The bar will give you feedback, as will a coach.  If you don’t know how it went, try it again, and FEEL it.  Let your body, and the weight teach you how to move safely and efficiently. 

And if you don’t know what that means, try another rep. 

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