5 Rounds, each for time of:
4 Deadlifts, 315/205
40 Double Unders
Each round has a 5 minute window to be completed. The work portion should take 90-120 seconds with the remaining time used as recovery.
Post Rx and fastest and slowest rounds to comments.
Here is the next installment in our new series called Behind the Desk, about our beloved and much appreciated Front Desk staff. These CrossFitters take care of the important duties of checking in our members, handling walk-ins, tidying up after classes, and so many other things that it would take forever to list them. They are the glue that holds this gym together!
Full name: Danae Mcleod
Where were you born and where did you grow up: St. Louis
First album that you loved: Paula Abdul’s Straight Up
What are you up to when you’re not at 597 Degraw Street: Finishing a philosophy dissertation, applying for teaching jobs, walking Kai, working on IJFAB
“Ask me about that time I…”: Was stranded on an island for 9 days.
Earth is about to implode but aliens on a previously undiscovered planet named Euripides want to preserve one artifact from humans. What would you offer them? A library
Favorite shade of blue: Yves
Favorite lift: Clean
Adding to another ongoing series on the blog, here is our next installment of “Heavy Thoughts” where we highlight and describe some of the mental aspects of lifting. In previous posts we discussed having a ritual and cultivating confidence. Today, lets talk a little about visualization.
Visualization is simply a mental rehearsal of what you’re about to attempt. Many studies have show the efficacy of this practice and countless successful athletes will attest to the importance of being able to “feel or see” an event in their minds eye before attempting it. As described in our confidence article, while the action may seem somewhat intangible, it is still a skill which needs to be practiced in order to be of any real utility. If you’re not already visualising your lifts, here are some tools to get you started.
1. Get into the habit of replaying the physical sensations of each lift AFTER they occur. The best time to summarize what just happened is immediately after you execute movement so try to “feel” it again, making note of anything that seemed to stick out. Try to create a physical memory of movement basics. Where was your weight? What kind of tempo did you feel through the movement? Did you feel braced and engaged? How did the weight feel? Walk yourself through it again in your head and try to recreate or slightly augment that sensation before your next attempt. Learning to review what just happened is the best way to start developing the internal resources to properly visualize.
2. Start practicing! Visualisation takes time and a specific kind of mindfulness that doesn’t necessarily come easily to most folks. Set an intention to practice visualizing your lifts during your warm-ups and especially before work attempts. In essence, you want to try and experience the lift in the most idealized way possible before you start. There won’t be an internal dialogue to guide you through, simply perform the act in your mind. If you’re aware of a movement fault you’re working on, correct it in your head then attempt to recreate a similar sensation when you actually go to lift. This also doesn’t need to be limited to the gym, you can do this right now. Pick a lift, close your eyes and feel yourself doing 3 reps of it in “real time” in your head. You’ll note that you might want to rush through it, take your time to feel it.
3. Practice visualization from different perspectives. Some people prefer to simply close their eyes, “tune out” of reality and to experience the movement from a first person perspective in their heads. Others might benefit from seeing themselves perform the movement outside of themselves, noting key elements they’re focusing on. Another way would be to not only see it but feel it as well, by miming the lift physically while maintaining a careful presense of mind. Finally, you might even consider focusing on the sensation of executing a perfect lift, seeing yourself stand up with the heavy barbell as if it wasn’t a big deal. This final method ties into our previous article about developing and using confidence as a training tool.
Play around with this and let us know how it works out for you. What you definitely don’t want to do is allow non productive thought streams to seep into your training time. Performing a lift, then immediately focusing on a conversation with your partner, checking the time, looking around the room at something interesting or just zoning out can actually be detriments to your training.
Do you practice visualization techniques, either in CrossFit or other endeavors?
Imagery in Sports and Physical Performance
Olympic Athlete Nick Symmonds talks visualization
The Importance of Sports Psychology