As I’ve said many times, I have no love for thrusters. I do, however, have a thing for sprint-y workouts going on right now, and I was eager to jump into the WOD this morning… despite a terrible night of tossing and turning on my busted-ass shoulder. Happily, doing stuff straight overhead doesn’t irritate my slanty-in-the-socket humerus; it was so ON.
build to a heavy 2 reps of clean-to-thruster (not 2 RM) in 20 minutes
I did 2X2 @ 80# but decided that if I went up to 85# it would be a 2RM* (i.e., not pretty). I stopped at 80# and counted myself fortunate for a… new thruster PR!
WOD: “Quarter Gone Bad”
:15 thrusters, 55#
:15 jumping pullups
My total reps: 19 + 19 + 19 + 20 + 21 = 98
Those 19 reps on the first three rounds made me both proud (Look! Consistency!) and annoyed (Really, 19… again?! Why can’t I do just one more f*cking burpee?!). On round 4, determined and sweaty (and making my Roller Derby squinty-eye face), I squeaked out an extra pullup, and HELL, YEAH, ROUND 5: I managed both an extra thruster and an extra burpee.
*Strength training mystery solved… Before this morning, I was unclear on the difference between building to a “heavy 2 reps” versus a “2RM.” Coach Blake laid down the science, which I share because I love you. A 2-rep max (2RM) means you move the weight and complete the lift, but maybe kinda sort, it’s not the prettiest lift in the world. It’s a show of your incredible brute strength, but without the finesse. A heavy 2 reps is the most weight you can lift while maintaining gorgeous, photo-worthy form… or as close as you can approximate to that ideal.
Was today training or resting for you? How did it go?
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