Last week there were a handful of people who did the "Tillman" workout from CrossFit Football. A fun filled adventure of 7 rounds of 7 deadlifts @ 315#/a full gasser/15 pull-ups. You rest 45 seconds between rounds. Every single person who did the workout said the same thing: "I so wanted to quit in the last few rounds." I know I wanted to quit in round #5. For some reason we all finished the workout. Why is that? Why do we keep at it even though we hate it and we are miserable?
I started CrossFit training over four years ago. In that time frame, I have only quit in the middle of a workout twice. Once during "Kelly" (5 rounds of 400m run/30 wallball shots/30 box jumps) when I first started way back in the day, and once during a workout Austin had me do leading up to this year's CrossFit Games Sectional Qualifier (I was sick and had no business working out). I figure I have done over 500 workouts in my short CrossFit career. I've quit two, but I have wanted to quit in at least 498 others... and yet I finished them all (some in not very spectacular fashion). I guess for me, there is a satisfaction in finishing such a hard task, both mentally and physically. It is especially rewarding when you finish better than you thought possible. The end is my reward. Why miss out on the best part???
Have you ever quit during a workout? What is it that keeps you going during an exceptionally heinous workout? Post your experiences and thoughts to comments.
Program #1: 5-3-1 Squat Week #1,#2,#3, or #4
Program #2: Squat 10x2 (65% 1RM;45 seconds rest) & 3x15 full GHD sit-up
Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:
- 9 deadlifts
- 6 hang power cleans
- 3 front squat
Men's weight is 135#. Women's weight is 95#. Be smart with this workout. I am thinking of this workout in two parts. Do eight deadlifts and drop the weight. Shake out the hands. Do the last deadlift and then do the hang power cleans and front squats without putting the weight down. Rest a few seconds before you start the next round.