Monday, January 28, 2013


January 28, 2013

... is that what a goat sounds like? Because I know what one looks like...

I have talked about crossfit goats before and I thought today would be a perfect day to do it again! First, lets take a look at what the definition of "goat" is (according to the free online dictionary):
1. Any sure-footed agile bovid mammal of the genus, naturally inhabiting rough stony ground in Europe, Asia, and N Africa, typically having a brown-grey coloring and a beard. Domesticated varieties are reared for milk, meat, and wool.
2. Informal a lecherous man.
3. A bad or inferior member of any group.
4. Short for scapegoat (a person that is punished for the errors of others)
5. Slang to cause annoyance
6. A victim of ridicule or pranks

Now... the definition of a CrossFit Goat:
1. A “Goat” is a movement you hate doing, suck at or both. Very simply put, it’s the movement that makes you grimace every time you see it because you can’t do it or you suck at it. (disclaimer I googled this because I wanted to see if had a "real definition and I saw this on and had to steal it. The wording is perfect)
So how did the word "Goat" get translated into its crossfit definition? I am guessing its stems from the "bad or inferior" definition....with a side of "to cause annoyance."

Today was a tough one. I knew going into it that it was going to be, but I tried to just block it out of my head and go in strong. HSPUs are killer for me, and I have been working on perfecting the "Rx" HSPU since my first one back before Garage Games. I have been doing much better, but they are still a goat.

Throw in chest to bar pullups and I have an entire goat workout on my hands! I dont think I have to cover my struggle with pullups, but again... after working week after week on them, I have been getting much better. I still have to work on my kip, but even with that, the fact that I have been resting less and less every workout makes a huge difference.

I was determined to go for it this workout, I knew it was going to take a while and I knew I was going to struggle, but I was going to do it. I did the first 8 HSPUs Rx, than jumped onto the band so I could keep going. Struggled through the rest of the 21 and knew I was "in trouble" when I gladly headed to the pullup bar. For me... when chest to bars are the "easy" part... look out!

Anyway, as I knew I would I completed the workout (no doubt I wouldnt)... and at the end I still had that feeling of satisfaction that I look for after a workout. It was hard, it felt like it took forever, but I didnt give up... even though I was the last one working, even though I was so frustrated, even though my shoulders were shot... I did not give up.

Days like this are great for me. They force me to work on the things that I struggle with. They challenge me to look at my training in another manner... they remind me how bad I want it. They make me keep going.

Today was a good day.

3 Rounds
- Jumprope Series
- 5 Inchworms
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
- 5 Burpees
- 10 Air Squats
- 5 Ring Row
Group: Snatch Warmup

6 Min to work up to 80% Snatch (105lbs)
6 Min, 1 Snatch every 30 Sec alternating Power and Squat

WOD: "Tune Up"
- Chest to Bar


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