WORKOUT OF THE DAY
Firebreather

As CrossFit boxes go, we’re pretty lax about punctuality. People roll in 1-5 minutes late on occasion, nbd. We’ll give them shit but they can usually jump right into the warm up without disrupting class. But we have to draw to the line somewhere, which Leo found out last week when he showed up 10 minutes late for a 7:00pm class.

“Sorry bro, too late,” Tyler said, quite reasonably. Leo was not exactly a first time offender, and the class was already done warming up and had moved on to mobility.

The 7:00pm WOD is the last class of the day on Wednesday, so this meant no workout for Leo. He kind of stood by the door for a few minutes, in seeming disbelief, perhaps hoping Tyler might change his mind. When it became obvious that wasn’t going to happen, he shook his head, visibly pissed off, and left.

20 minutes later, Leo jogs by the gym. He dashes by the window in full stride, heading west down Kalorama. The whole thing lasted less than five seconds, but Tyler and I both saw it. We exchanged looks, grinning at each other.

Homeboy went on a fucking run.

Leo joined Hierarchy two months ago and has since lost at least 20lbs. I hear people ask him about it all the time – how is he doing it? What’s his secret? He just shrugs and flashes this kind of slightly embarrassed smile, as if he doesn’t even know himself.

But I do.

He’s a Firebreather.

Firebreather – Fie-r-bre’-th-er: (n) 1. One who faces the triumphs and tribulations of great physical opposition with an indomitable spirit. 2. An optimistic energy associated with the heart of an athlete.

Being a Firebreather has nothing to do with your Fran time, your 1 rep max backsquat, or your ability to do butterfly pull-ups. Firebreather is an attitude, a state of mind.

Leo had a choice that night: he could have accepted defeat and gone home. He could have used it as an excuse to not workout – hey, he tried. As excuses go, it would have been pretty legit. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be tonight. Instead, he decided to Fuck. That.

It’s the same attitude he brings to the gym everyday. Leo doesn’t just do the workouts, he tries to break them in fucking half.  He pushes through the burning in his lungs and the pain in his muscles because no one asked for their opinion. He rarely has the fastest time or gets the most rounds, but he finishes every WOD on his back in a puddle of his own sweat.

What you get out of CrossFit is directly proportionate to what you put in. You can come and work decently hard and see decent results. Or you can show up ready to tear the roof off and breathe fire at every workout. That’s what Leo does, and it makes all the difference.

If you’re looking for the secret to his success, look no further than the fire. 

May 22

Strength:
Weighted Ring Push-ups: 4 x Max Effort

Conditioning:
For time:
15 Push-ups
20 Box Jump-Overs (24/20″)
30 Wallballs (20/14#)
40 Double-Unders
50 Plank Hold
40 Double-Unders
30 Wallballs (20/14#)
20 Box Jump-Overs (24/20″)
15 Push-ups

May 21

Power/Skill:
15 minutes to establish a 1RM Power Snatch

Conditioning:
10 minute EMOTM:
1 Power Snatch @ 80% of 1RM
5 Overhead Squats

May 20

Athletes:

After 3 weeks of intense voting, 7:00am has edged out 5:00pm as the most popular choice for our newest class time. 7:00am classes have been added to the FrontDesk schedule and are effective immediately.

We received a lot of interest in both times, so expect to see a 5:00pm option in the near future… but for now, see you at 7:00am!

Strength:
Weighted Chin-ups: 3-3-3-3

Conditioning:
21 minute EMOTM, alternating:
Max Effort Row (cals)
12 Ring Dips
20 Second L-Sit Hold

May 19

Athletes:

After 3 weeks of intense voting, 7:00am has edged out 5:00pm as the most popular choice for our newest class time. 7:00am classes have been added to the FrontDesk schedule and are effective immediately.

We received a lot of interest in both times, so expect to see a 5:00pm option in the near future… but for now, see you at 7:00am!

Strength:
Strict Press: 3-3-3-3-3

Conditioning:
15 minute AMRAP
15 KB Swings (24/20kg)
20 Air Squats
15 Hollowrocks

May 17

WOD:
5 Rounds, for time:
5 Handstand Push-ups
10 Power Cleans (155/105#)
400m Run

May 16

Skill:
15 min of open skill work. Use this time to work on stuff you suck at.

METCON:
21-15-9:
Pull-ups
Box Jumps
Overhead Walking Lunges (45/25# plate)

For time.

#TBT – Jack – Chronicles of CrossFit in Washington, DC

It’s hard to believe the gym is almost 6 months old. A lot has happened over those last 6 months — Amazing things. Funny things. Inspiring things.  Things worth remembering.  And because we love a good #tbt as much as the next person, we’re going to start reflecting on all of them every Thursday, starting today. Enjoy!

#TBT

A couple Saturdays ago, we did the Hero WOD “Jack” in class. 20 min AMRAP of 10 push presses, 10 KB swings and 10 box jumps. Burn. The Rx kettlebell weight for women is 20kg, and we had just gotten—finally—two of these a few days before.

We placed that particular kettlebell order with a few people in mind – a handful of Hierarchy girls that I know for a fact are too strong to be swinging the yellow 16kg but not quite ready to jump to the green 24kg.

One of these girls was Sarah Jones. SJ came to the noon WOD that day, and as we began setting up for the workout, she was eyeing that blueish-grey kettlebell like it was snake that might bite her at any moment. “I’ve never swung it before,” she said. “Ever.” Then, with mounting concern, “20 minutes is a long time…”

I asked her to try – just give it a shot. Swing the 20kg for as long as you can, I said, then switch to the 16kg if you have to. She seemed wholly unconvinced, but agreed to try.

Then something epic happened.

She swung the 20kg for the entire workout. In unbroken sets. Every round. Didn’t even look at the yellow 16kg, which she had pulled out as a contingency. Fuck you, 16kg. You’re dead to me.

At the end of the WOD, she had this look of wonder on her face that seemed to ask, “Did I just do that? Did that just happen?” I love this look. It’s my favorite part of coaching – it’s what happens when people vault headfirst out of their comfort zone, then stick the landing.

The only thing I love more than the look itself is the implications of it. As she was breaking down her bar, Sarah remarked that she wished she had tried to Rx the Push Press weight too (75# for women – she did 65#). Excuse me? What? 20 minutes ago you were scared of a heavier kettlebell and now you want a heavier barbell too? Fuck. Yes.

So the next time you’re in class trying to decide what weights to use – follow Sarah’s lead. Don’t be afraid to push yourself. Tell that voice in your head to fuck off, and go for it.

You might surprise yourself.

Christine

 

May 15

Strength:
Push Jerk: 3-3-3-3

Conditioning:
12 minute AMRAP:
5 Thrusters (135/95#)
10 Burpees

May 14

Strength:
GHD Sit-ups: 10-10-10-10

Ring Dips: 10-10-10-10

Conditioning:
Tabata:
Row (cals)
Deadlifts (185/125)
Sit-ups

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