Before today, I was not a fan of the knees-to-elbows. To be fair, we hadn’t spent much time together, and I’m generally wary of people and things that I don’t know too well. This morning, I did a few things for the first time – including opening my heart to knees-to-elbows – and as a reward, my workout butted right up against being awesome.
So… what was different?
1. I jumped up to grasp the pullup bar, instead of using a box to get up there. I know this probably sounds like a big fat nothing. But I never thought I could do it before. I’m not sure I ever even tried, really. But CrossFit Austin has a lower bar for us wee people, and it was super freaking fun to jump up and grab it. I know! For most people, no brainer. For me, new!
2. I kinda sorta got the hang of using more of a kip on the knees-to-elbows. Don’t anyone get too excited: I haven’t yet actually made contact between my bony knees and knobby elbows, BUT I’m feeling less unnerved by and spazzy about the movement. Win!
3. Usually when I do box jumps, I jump up and step down. That whole springs-in-the-feet, jack rabbit thing was lost to me. Until this morning. I jumped up and jumped down on all them. It was way more fun and way harder than usual.
And to think: I almost turned off my alarm and went back to sleep this morning. THIS is exactly why thinking in the morning before CrossFit class is verboten. Alarm, dress, drive, move. No thinking in that list.
butt kicks, high knees, lunges
PVC pipe OH squats
clean warmup: various breakdowns of parts of the clean, 15# bar
Work to heavy but manageable weight in the clean, then…
clean cluster 126.96.36.199.1 :30 rest between reps – 65#
clean cluster 188.8.131.52.1 :40 rest between reps – 75#
15 unbroken box jumps
My time: 8:12
Also worth mentioning, 75# is not a PR on the cleans, but this morning I wasn’t afraid of them, nor was I cursing them. This is a BIG step in the right direction.
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