Tonight was about running into the invisible wall or limitations.
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Since I started working out at CrossFit, I have been faced with my limitations. My coach does a fantastic job of "managing them" and honestly, I've made so much progress, I usually focus on that and the limitation doesn't bother me. However, tonight I was excited to do "back box squats" with the olympic bar (45lbs) and, for the first time, 2 10lb weight added to the bar!!! YEAH!! I was ecstatic!
However, the bar on my back put my shoulders in such a stretch that it made it painful (and not in a good way)... I met a unexpected limitation - an invisible wall... my shoulder mobility sucks..
I'm not sure why it hit me so hard but it did. I have other limitations that we work around all the time... like Burpees are modified.. etc. Usually the modifications are related to my weight... but this limitation?? it wasn't about my weight it was about my INACTIVITY... It just hit me weird.. and reminds me that I just *think* I know my limitations... I just *think* I know how carrying all this weight around for years has impacted me... but...
That got me thinking about limitations... we all have them.. some we know about.. and some sneak up on us and surprise us - like this shoulder mobility thing... just as I have a good stride going an invisible wall pops up and SMASH! So, now what? Do I just accept it.. and eliminate back squats from my repertoire?.. uh... yeah.. no.. that ain't happenin'
So, I've accepted that I have this mobility issue... and now I have about 5 stretches to do to work on it.. and I will do them.. religiously.. and I will defy the limit.. I'm not messin' with you when I say CrossFit is hard.. I mean hard... but I love pushing my limits.. and seeing those limitations move... so, I've discovered another limit... and I will push until I'm through it... it's hard work, yeah.. but I'm building mental toughness...
1. the ability to recognize a problem... not ignore it and injure myself...
2. the discipline to come up with a plan to overcome the limitation and then DO IT
3. the mental toughness to acknowledge, deal with it but not let it impact everything else
How do you deal with limitations??
I can't wait to report back on my next set of back squats.. hopefully, I'll be griping about how bad my legs were burning (which is what's supposed to happen!)..
Workout Summary - burned almost 600 calories in 39 minutes
400m warmup walk
Back Box Squats with 65lb... 5, 5, 4, 3 (my invisible wall)
A "Fight Gone Bad" workout...
30 seconds all out airdyne,
30 second transition to Kettlebell,
30 second all out Kettle Bell,
30 second transition to Rower,
30 second all out Rower
For 9 minutes... DANG! I was SUCKING WIND!!
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