the spaz of fitness has arrived


In Rhetoric, Training, WOD on April 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

U.S. Navy Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician David Blake McLendon, 30, of Thomasville, Georgia, assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Support Activity in Norfolk, Virginia, was killed September 21, 2010, in a helicopter crash during combat operations in the Zabul province of Afghanistan. McLendon is survived by his wife Kate McLendon, his parents David and Mary-Ann McLendon, his brother Chris McLendon, and his sister Kelly Lockman.

So, on this strength program, I’ve been avoiding metcons longer than 15  minutes.; most are under twelve. In general, I’ve been avoiding metcons that are really taxing. But I have a soft spot for hero WODs; I’m even willing to forgive their usual avoidance of burpees (perhaps the word “burpee” doesn’t evoke heroism?… actually it more likely evokes a silly Asian girl flopping around the gym floor…) Anyway. Our box once had a tradition of programming hero workouts every Saturday. Though we’ve long since broken that pattern, every now and then, one of the coaches will throw in a hero as a nod to the days when we had nothing more than a lone rower, a makeshift pullup bar drilled to the mezzanine and fewer bars than athletes.*

I’m a little enamored of the principle behind the hero WOD–commemorating men and women who fell in the line of duty (military, police, firefighters, etc…) through physical exertion. It partakes in a historical tradition of paying tribute through physical feats, of honoring people and principles through rhetorical acts. I’m interested in moments in present and past when people are moved to express through physicality– why pilgrims journeyed so far with unshakable faith in their gods, why voyagers set sail with their countries’ banners pinned to their masts in the names of their homelands. Why people today even travel half a globe to touch their ancestral soil.

Anyway… when “Blake” appeared on the box’s website last night, I knew I’d have to participate– particularly because I’d tried it in February an enjoyed it immensely. I actually don’t know why I like it so much even among the other heroes. No burpees, no particularly Jo-friendly movements, but just the right configuration of exercises for the right type of grueling, for immense satisfaction. Also, I guess I do rather like handstand push-ups…

4 Rounds for time:

100m walking lunge with plate overhead (45lb for men, 25lb for women)

30 box jumps (24″/20″)

20 wall balls (20# ball, 10′ target for men, 14#, 9′ target for women)

10 handstand push-ups.

I actually surprised myself on this one. I decided I’d take it at a moderate pace, hoping not to disrupt my strength training. It’s also only been a few months since our box instigated the 9′ mark policy (ever since the 2012 Games. Before that, we were using the old standard of 8′.)  However, Blake didn’t feel nearly as deadly the second time around. I beat my old time by 6 minutes. I’ve been worried that my longer metcons would suffer since I’m avoiding them, but… thus far *knock on wood* nothing too terrible. I’m waiting to see how I feel when I wake up tomorrow. If I feel up to it, I’ll do the squats and bench as scheduled. If not, I may fudge the schedule a bit so I can go at it when I’m fresh.

Happy Saturday everyone.

*It’s a real testament to the dedication of our gym’s staff and owner how quickly we’ve grown. We’re now easily the best-equipped facility in the area, but I still remember having to WOD around dumbell racks and leg press machines…

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