WOD: November 7
Long WOD’s and Mutiny.
There are days where my benevolent nature makes an appearance and I go relatively easy on the class I run. I give them a WOD that is sufficiently challenging, everyone stoically attacks the WOD, and after a short period of suffering, every leaves feeling accomplished.
This was not one of those days.
Because today’s WOD was the Filthy Fifty.
50 Box Jumps
50 Jumping Pull ups
50 Kettlebell Swings
50 Walking lunges
50 Knee to Elbows
50 Push Press
50 Back Extensions
50 Wall Bags
50 Double Unders
No skill practice today, just warm up and the WOD.
Honestly? It’s brutal. Because of the number of people, it wasn’t possible to set everyone up with their own equipment so every exercise was broken up into stations. Once an athlete was at a station, all 50 reps had to be completed.
It’s a Zen exercise in suffering management and I almost had a mutiny when I announced it. However once the actual WOD got underway, we had a few brilliant examples of true Crossfit mentality.
Carlos, a returning crossfitter, had just flown in from Geneva that morning at 7:30 AM, after completing a set of brutal team WOD’s at Crossfit Lehman (Coincidentally, the Crossfit where I dropped by when I was in Geneva.) the day before. He then proceeded to finish in a blazing -28 minutes before packing up and leaving to get back on a flight to the States.
Mark really took the “zen exercise” idea to heart, finishing the WOD with beautiful reps throughout, excellent range of motion, and finishing strong with his burpees at the end, teeth gritted all the way but determined to finish. Bonus points to both for putting in that much extra effort into their performance.