I didn’t realize that I haven’t posted about my workouts for about two weeks now….it might be a little too late to cover the other WODs I’ve done so I’ll stick to today’s WOD plus some other news about me.
Strength: Max rep Handstand Push Ups (or scale versions as appropriate)
3 Rounds for Time —
10 Clean and Jerk (30 kgs)
I have quite a few moves that really “challenge” me when it comes to Crossfit — pull ups being the main one and handstand push ups another. So knowing that today was handstand push ups meant I had to plan ahead.
I can’t do handstand push ups.
I can hold a handstand for a few seconds when against a wall.
I can’t kick up to a handstand without assistance.
A few weeks back Allan and I found these videos from Gymnastics WOD and I have been thinking about this one for a while now. Carl Paoli gives advise on technique in those videos to kick up to a Handstand. It was perfect for me. Today was the opportunity to try out that kick up (repeatedly if needed) and to try and get a feel for the whole thing.
So..the first few kick ups I noticed the straight leg hitting the wall behind me a couple of times. It was encouraging as it meant I was kicking up high enough, so I just kept at it. And then at one point, both feet were in the air and hitting the wall. I was so shocked, I fell back into starting position. I wasn’t quite certain what happened there and, as everyone was minding their business I just thought to myself I’d give it another go in a bit.
In a few seconds, I started my kicking up exercise again. And then I felt it…both feet were up, I was feeling balanced and surprisingly, relaxed. BUT my feet were not touching the wall! I felt really balanced and centered…but I couldn’t feel the wall….so I was feeling a bit off as my goal was to hit the wall. I held this maybe for two seconds or so and dropped back. In my head I was cheering like crazy — I did it! I did it! I did it!!!! But I managed to control myself. So much I think that I started doubting if I really did it hours after. But yeah, I remember the feeling of being confused (am I doing it? am I doing it? I’m doing it? I’m doing it!) coupled with that amazing feeling of being centered. I wish Allan were there to see it…he would have been thrilled.
And then on to the WOD. RX weight was heavy for me, but I had promised myself to go RX if I even thought I could do it, so it was 30kgs for me. No matter if it took me twice as long as everyone. I was going to do it RX and with proper form — it was the only way to improve.
I won’t deny that 5 clean and jerks into the WOD I was wishing I went for a lower weight….but at the end of 8:58, I was done! RX, thank you very much 🙂 Burpees are still horrible, but the odd sense of satisfaction in drpping the weight after a lift sort of makes up for it (sort of!).