Some Sunday lifting at SISU
So crossfit total is like a lifting competition you are judged on your lifts and you get three attempts at heavy weights, warmup as much as you want get ready and once you start you cannot have warmups between sets. You pick a weight attempt the lift, if its a successful lift then you get that weight. If you fail you can keep trying that weight or move up / down.
We are going to workout in groups, I am happy to get to workout with the guys I did, they pushed me pretty good. Brian and of course Jake. Fun guys to lift with thats for sure.
We start off with the strict press, which is awesome because I feel I am pretty strong at this. As I warm up I have to be careful with even the small dips I am doing, I have to lock that down. Any dip is a No Rep! We are warming up pretty fast and trying to get a judge and get this thing going. As the other guys are going and some failing Jason says somethign that helps me this lift. Says when you are ready to push tighten your belly and squeeze your butt. I get under a 205 squeeze my butt and power that up, didn’t even flinch. Awesome! Next attempt I added 20lbs I wanted this SO bad, but I didn’t make it. I got it past the sticky point but didn’t finish. Last attempt I get a 215 like it was easy. Crazy stuff, I didn’t realize then that it would be the highest for everyone that day. I am just kinda doing my thing.
Next up the back squat. Now this I feel I am strong at I am thinking I want to get around 350-360 ish. Well I light up on a 345 – fail did not get deep enough. The others get some 375’s I go back to 345 – fail not deep enough. I am not keeping my chest up and I am leaning forward so I “feel” like I am getting deeper but I am actually just leaning forward. Now I am stressed I don’t know what to do, I do not want a 0 on my first crossfit total. I decide to go down 10lbs and I am going to force myself to do this right. It isn’t the weight its my form. I am lifting it easy enough, but not good form. I do succussfully (and pretty darn good I might add) get a 335. This was STRESSFUL!
The last one for us is the deadlift, people say its the strongest lift you should have. I don’t really know because I didn’t ever do them until joining SISU but these two guys can REALLY do weight on this lift. These are big guys lifting big weights. Jakes Deadlift form is solid. Brian for some reason is a BEAST at this lift. His start and mid form are almost perfect. This lift is a little different too, we have to control it down not just drop it, thats a change for me. So after that last back squat business I want a number on the board so I can go up and have some fun. I decide I am going to do 375, I get that easy. I get on a 415, power it up easy. Last attempt 445 – I get it. I would say i am surprised but I am not, I was mentally locked into this lift. Later I would pay for it with massive sorness but right there I stomp it.
My totals 995lbs
215 Strict Press
335 Back Squat
So looking at this I am really disappointed I did not get to 1000lbs. I really wanted to be up there with Jake and Brian whom both exceeded the 1000lb mark. Half of that for Brian was a massive deadlift. I love lifting heavy, everyone who knows me knows that. I love that light headed feeling you get, I like feeling powerful from lifting 100’s of lbs over my head, pressing it. I get focused and when I step into it I believe I can do it. Every time I have a failed lift, it starts in my head not my muscles.
8 weeks from now I am going to do these better, every single lift.