Michael and the Bear

Img_2499_3 WOD

5:30 a.m. Crew

CrossFit Benchmark WOD -"Michael"

3 Rounds For Time of:

9:00 and 5:30 p.m. Crew

Cullen's Painstorm Bear ComplexImg_2498_4   Img_2464_3 Img_2480_2 Img_2493 Img_2495 Img_2496 Img_2477 Img_2489 Img_2462

The middle 4 photos reminded me of this little monologue posted on the CrossFit.com website awhile back...

"Weight Gazing"

You've seen the weight gazers on the floor. They're the ones in the middle of a kickass Fran or a raging FGB who feel the need to pause and assess the apparatus they've just spent hard won reps lifting, pulling, or slamming. Why? Because they have fallen into the mental trap of weight gazing. Most commonly they're just coming off a metabolically demanding exercise, and they spend valuable moments pausing before engaging a strength component. In our Fran example, the gazer comes off the pull up bar and stops for 10-30 seconds before starting to negotiate the Thruster. Instead, our intrepid Crossfitter should grasp the bar immediately and crank out as many reps as possible, even if it's only one or two, to break the psychological pause of moving from one exercise to another. Once that positive feedback cycle of exercise / progress / exercise has resumed the athlete can start to accurately assess his or her rest needs. The trap of weight gazing is almost exclusively mental - of course we're tired, but we make negligible metabolic recovery by abstaining from that first rep.

We've often times heard Jerry say "Rest Smart" - take three to five deep breaths and fire it up again. Utilize this technique and see valuable seconds recovered, intensity retained, and inevitable improvement achieved.

Daily WODTara Ross1 Comment