Keep Going

The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
–  Woodrow Wilson

Obstacle Races aren’t for the ‘pure runner’.  I’m not a natural runner – I stink at running.  It’s one reason I love obstacle races – there are parts that require feats of physical strength (which I don’t stink at performing). The way I maintain my strength while running so much, is by WODs like this one.

This is the workout I do once or twice a month to test my upper body strength, stamina, and endurance.  After running so much, it also forces me out of my comfort zone.

During this WOD you’ll struggle, your muscles will burn, and the high repetition scheme will make you want to stop.

You can stop anytime during the workout, but the point of it is to make you feel uncomfortable and find out what it’s like to push past those conceived limits when your muscles begin to burn.  Why?  Because it happens during obstacle course races.  The best way to deal with limitations is to reach them during training and figure out how to surpass them each time.

Your brain will suggest that you stop, but you need to believe your body is capable of so much more than you think it is.  There is no time limit.  Go slow and steady, and just focus on your breathing and form, and power through the workout.

The goal is to complete the workout without stopping.  Adjust the weight accordingly to you, but keep the reps.

WOD 9-25-15

Warm up: 5 min brisk walk or light jog, then stretch.

Main set:

  • Deadlifts: 135lbs x 25 reps
  • Front Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (both arms at the same time): 8lbs x 25 reps
  • Side Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (both arms at the same time): 8lbs x 25 reps
  • Seated Rows: 180lbs x 14 reps

 

  • Deadlifts: 135lbs x 25 reps
  • Front Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (both arms at the same time): 8lbs x 25 reps
  • Side Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (both arms at the same time): 8lbs x 25 reps
  • Seated Rows: 180lbs x 14 reps

 

  • Deadlifts: 135lbs x 25 reps
  • Front Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (both arms at the same time): 8lbs x 25 reps
  • Side Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (both arms at the same time): 8lbs x 25 reps
  • Seated Rows: 180lbs x 14 reps

 

  • Rear Dumbbell Shoulder Raises (one arm at a time): 8lbs x 50 reps

 

Cooldown: Hydrate and stretch!

This is not timed.  Just keep moving on to the next rep.  Don’t stop and you’ll find you’re  MUCH stronger than your brain was telling you…

You got this!

Have a great weekend!

allan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s