For the second week in a row, CrossFit gives me the collywobbles. But not in that cool, electric anticipation for my regular triweekly class way. No, this is old-fashioned broekkakking. The second open workout was released this morning, and it’s a filthy one (check the video below):
10 minutes, as many reps as possible of:
– 5x 52kg shoulder to overhead barbell press
– 10x 52kg deadlift
– 15x 60cm box jumps
Last week the snatches scared me shitless because the first 35kg weight was 5kg off of my personal best snatch. This week – as weird as it may sound – it’s the box jumps.
You see, my starting weight when I bought into this thing was 120kg. Whichever way you slice it, that’s a whole lot of human to be explosively lifting two rulers into the air. I like my box jumps like my barbells: in ladies’ portions.
I know I can front squat 60kg and I know I can simulate a handstand pushup while leaning against a wall, so I’m fairly sure I can clean and press 52kg five times with a little coaching. I’m not sure I can hoist all this awesome on to a 60cm box 15 times, though.
And that’s the beauty of CrossFit. Out of the four colleagues (two from Women’s Health) participating, I’m the only one who has an issue with the box jumps – and also the only one who was praying for rowing. Arthur loves hectic metabolic conditioning and can klap weights, Thamar is all about the cardio and agility work, and Thloki is hoping for kettlebells. Four people all doing crossfit and all have different strengths and weaknesses.
My biggest weakness being my weight and limited movement.
But in approaching workout 13.2, I reviewed my performance in 13.1 (with help, in part, from my coach’s sense of humour, which inspired him to make it last night’s WOD). Doing the snatches last night, with the benefit of hindsight and experience, I realised that I’m a lot stronger than I thought.
You see, when I snatched on Saturday for my open score, my technique was shocking and I was using muscle strength to get the weight up. Last night, with better technique, the weight was a lot lighter and I didn’t even get close to hurting my fragile back.
This got me thinking: does technique really build that much strength? Could I have attempted the 60kg if my technique was solid? Am I actually a better raw athlete than some of the crossfitters who finished above me?
I don’t know and don’t particularly care because my goal is weightloss and not qualifying for regionals. But these are interesting questions that I may find answers to in the next workout because overhead barbell presses are more about strength than technique. Either way, those box jumps are gonna kill me.