Ladies and gentlemen, Julie Berger:
As I did my ritual eyes closed, lift the recycling bin lid, and run for my life routine, it got me thinking about fear. Here are my top three fears, in very particular order.
1. Someone hiding beneath the floor tiles in a public bathroom, waiting to kill me when I go into the stall (which will be the only stall with toilet paper to ensure the victim wanders into the correct one)
2. An undead body waiting in the recycling bin to kill me when I take out the trash at night
While these are all ridiculous, and maybe even absurd, they feel very real to me during late night chores, janky road trip rest stops, and when I’m scanning all four corners of my room before bed. Everyone has these fears, but because they are associated with our wild imaginations, we push them to the back of our minds and never let them interfere with potential fun or success.
So why is it any different with weightlifting? There are so many days when I know, the coaches know, and even classmates know, that a fellow 818’r is capable of lifting the weight they keep psyching themselves out over. I know I am constantly intimidating myself out of PR’s, I just don’t know why!
Fear is a pesky and churlish emotion, lurking around every corner, determined to throw us off our game. When you look at it that way, fear is even worse than a clown with a chainsaw. So clean that heavy barbell! Jump into that handstand! Front squat your own body weight! And stand up to your fears. You don’t let other silly worries take over your life, so why would you let toxic thoughts push you around?
When it comes to exercising there is little to fear, and so much to gain. The more you push yourself, the greater the results. Inanimate equipment around the gym is not the enemy, YOU are the enemy; you are the pull-up band’s, the wooden box’s, and the kettle-bell’s abominable snowman.
Unless its snakes…why’d it have to be snakes.
A. 1RM Box Jump
B. EMOTM for 12 Minutes
2 Press + 2 Box Jumps (80% of A)
*Add weight every three minutes
C. 400m Sprint for time
Rest 4 minutes
500m row for time
Posted by Armen.