“Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
I’m not usually given to inspirational quotes. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great and all, but I much prefer quotes with application. So the quotation above is more than mere blog fodder. A little over a month ago, we did a post discussing the theory of PROFICIENCY, CONSISTENCY, INTENSITY.
Thus, the ultimate goal in the progression is intensity, which is achieved by wedding habitual technique with maximum output (A.K.A. “threshold training”). This is a balancing act to be sure, and it takes a concerted effort to concentrate on achieving both simultaneously – a healthy dose of mental fortitude if you will. So Cicero’s quote above embodies this theory quite neatly: habit is a method for achieving greater intensity by being a method for bearing more of it.
Push press and deadlifts were to be of “moderate” weight (between 50-70% of your 1RM). Box jumps were to full extension on or above the height of the box, while push-ups were chin&chest, meaning (theoretically) that both your chin and chest should touch the floor at the bottom.
Great work all around. A tough workout to be sure, but lots of good form from all participants. Workouts like this will have great carry over into learning where your thresholds are,which in turn will help you learn where your form is weak. This of course will lead you to better your form, which will lead to more intense workouts, and so on and so forth. Learning where your thresholds are is also going to be particularly important with Fight Gone Bad 6 looming on the horizon. Stay tuned for more info on that. In the meantime, post thoughts on the workout to comments.