WOD 092608

30 Muscle-ups for time

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If you cannot do the muscle-ups do 120 pull-ups and 120 dips.


We’re on Elitefts today.  Elitefts is the brainchild of Dave Tate, one of the famed Westside Barbell athletes.  Westside (Louie Simmons is the founder) helped shape a lot of my athletic career, had a huge influence on how Catalyst coaches behave during workouts (loudly,) and are, in general, a bunch of guys who want to help.  If you’re in powerlifting, you know who they are, because they’re the best.


This is a picture of me, 8 years ago, lifting in my first powerlifting meet.  Everyone else in the picture is an inmate.  The picture is in a US Federal Prison.  Without the Morgan brothers and guys like Dave Tate, I’d never have been there.  Powerlifting had a major formative influence on the way I – and Catalyst – operates: it gave me insight into lower back training and rehabilitation (and prehabilitation,) coaching, competition, and what’s "possible" in life (pretty well anything, if you go for it.)

Hardcore powerlifters browsing this site today may wonder at my affinity for Crossfit.  Crossfitters may wonder at my continued enthusiasm for powerlifting.
So, to powerlifters: Crossfit had 5 women waiting here Tuesday night for me to arrive.  They were waiting to pull a truck.  They’re jacked to hit PRs (hell, even knowing what a ‘PR’ means is a big deal, you know that) in deadlifts, and they perform when I’m behind them, yelling into the backs of their heads.  You can see video here.  Crossfit gets people INTO powerlifting, whether they realize it or not.

To Crossfitters: on the last Deadlift 1-1-1-1-1 day, if my Trainers had all posted to the main ‘Comments’ board, we’d have registered the heaviest 3 deadlifts on the day.  That’s not bragging, it just shows where our emphasis lies; our running coach pulls over 450 unbelted.  The success of a Crossfit affiliate is largely determined by its level of coaching.  Powerlifting gave us a major boost in that area. 

See you at the Games tomorrow!  8am start (Kelly will have coffee on at 7:30 from Cafe Natura.)

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