Here’s what we did at the box yesterday:
*Complete a max attempt of Handstand Push Ups in between each set.
75 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (45/30k)
*Starting at zero, and then every minute on the minute thereafter, complete 10 push ups.
At the noon class yesterday, Matty H. approached me and asked if the adding additional movements between the strength sets was something he had merely overlooked in the past or if this was a new thing.
I kind of smiled and told him that it was relatively new when completing strength; however, as far as WODs went, the act of putting more work in between things was common practice (e.g. The Air Force WOD or Kalsu).
The great thing about completing reps in between movements is that it helps us continue to progress as an athlete both mentally and physically. In this instance, the Handstands put a new twist on lighter Deadlifts. In regards to the Sumos, more work was done, faster because push ups, for a lot of people, become difficult – fast. As a result, the best option was to finish the Sumos as quickly as possible to avoid burn out on the Push Ups.
More or less, it was the extra movements, the added mental and physical challenge, and all of the in between things that really helped each member progress just a little bit more yesterday. And metaphorically, it serves as a reminder that its all of those things that you do in between the movements (i.e. sleep, nutrition, practice, etc.) that help you achieve more in the long run.
(Sorry to get sappy at the end, but I couldn’t hold back, guys…)