The other day, I watched DP set a personal record on his push jerk. 330 pounds seemed to go up rather easily. Then he added five more pounds to the bar, grabbed it off of the rack and stood there…
He shook his head and walked the weight back into rack.
He looked a Chu, and explained that he took too long to dip…wasted too much time, and felt the weight of the bar.
He waited another minute, grabbed the weight and immediately: dip, drive, press, and split. BOOM! 335 pounds overhead…no problem…easy day.
This got me to thinking. Why couldn’t he lift the weight when he allowed it to sit on his shoulders for some time? What was the value in immediately moving it in the second lift?
You see, oftentimes, we over-think things. Yes, the clean, the jerk, and the snatch can be very complicated lifts, but oftentimes we listen to our brains too much when lifting, rather than allowing our bodies to do what they know how to do.
DP felt that weight on his shoulders and thought, “Crap….this is too heavy”. He felt the weight of the world (at least 335 pounds of it) on his shoulders. He took too long. What he should’ve done is put his head down (or straight) and work….
Do we do this in our everyday lives? Do we over-think everything? Do we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders?
How about this: let’s put our heads down and work. Before you know it, the moment will have passed. You will have survived. You can look back with the weight raised over your head and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.
Not pictured, but fierce competitors, Lynn D, Victoria D, Ashley M, and Jess L, really represented SCF in the All-Girls CrossFit Competition held at SCF on Saturday. I hope to post more pictures of these ladies in the next few days. Thanks to Joe A. for taking all of these great photos!