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The Athletes Around You

7
Apr

The Athletes Around You

Murph

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.

For scaled options, see yesterday’s post.

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The Athletes Around You

Last week during the row/burpee workout, I heard an athlete say to the athlete next to them, “I saw you were going for the 11th burpee (in :30 seconds) on that last round so I went for it to0.  I thought to myself, if he’s going for it, so should I.”

This statement hammers home the fact that our group training environment is silently motivating and contagious.  For a workout method that is highly individual, class hours can exhibit a tremendous team effort to complete the task at hand.  We see another athlete pushing a little harder one day and it rubs off onto our own training.  We see an athlete struggling through a workout and a small nod of acknowledgement can get them back on track.

Have you been midway through a suckfest of a workout and had another athlete’s actions inspire you to refocus and work harder? Post to comments.

14 Responses

  1. Molly Molter

    Nicole,

    Can we put the runs wherever we want in the wod or do they have to be first and last?

  2. Nathan B

    From the link above: “Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.”

  3. jason E

    Today during Murph I was motivated by Lawrence and John with their squat depth. I was trying to match this squat depth and apparently lost track of rounds…looking at my sheet now I realized I managed to do an extra 100 squat reps. So, thanks for pushing me to focus on the quality not quantity of my training. I’m sure it will pay off next time we do Murph!

  4. Jasmine

    The last time we did “Kelly”, I was dragging on the last couple of 400m runs (legs were like jello after all those wall balls and box jumps). After finishing her workout, Kaycee ran the last round around the block with me 🙂

  5. Olivia

    Tracy , you always manage to yell at me (encouragingly) when I think I am already going my hardest…then somehow I can manage to squeeze past that threshold and get one more rep! 🙂

  6. barbara

    This morning at 5:45 am as I was contemplating options, Mary came up and asked me what I was going to do. I told her I thought I was going to go for the “as written” (without any extra weight, obvs, and rowing due to running injury at moment) but I wasn’t sure I could do it. She smiled and said, “You can do it, I’m thinking about doing that, too!”. (Mary is always super perky and happy even at 5:45 am, and she always notices when you make a PR or do something better than you had before, and says something. She also has to row due to running injury). So I thought, well, let’s do it, then…… and we did! 20 rounds of 5-10-20 equals the whole enchilada! Not sure I would have gone for it without Mary’s smiling encouragement! Also was thinking of Michael, the fallen soldier and that motivated me a lot, too, especially on the last 1000 meters of rowing, when our class was already over, the 7 am’ers were gathering, my legs and wind were toast, and I thought that Nicole was going to cut us off on time. Added bonus: dropped a band on pullups—–Ha!

  7. Chad

    I always am inspired working out with Eric in OLY. Despite weighing the same, Eric is always putting up 20-30+ more pounds of weight than I. Moreover, at the end of workouts where we are typically maxing-out, Eric is still using excellent form to get the weight up (which is telling about using proper form) – definitely motivating to watch and to strive to emulate.

  8. Emily

    Good job Barbara! Way to knock off a band! I get my motivation from Molly. She usually does the workout before me so I look at her time and try to beat it. It must be a sibling rivarly thing!

  9. Murph was a very inspiring workout, thanks to everyone for pushing it, being so supportive and completing amazing things.

    Never thought I could do that workout just a few short months ago.

  10. Molly Molter

    I get my motivation from the White Board. I like to scope out how everyone else did earlier in the day.

    I agree Andrew. It was inspiring that everyone (in 12:30 class anyway) finished under the time cut off and for the most part kept up on the full range of motion the whole time. Good job guys!

  11. Lawrence

    Every time I come to the shop the first thing I do is scope out the board. Chad, Jason, Karl…someday I’ll beat you.

  12. Karl E.

    I think it’s really cool that by careful scaling of workouts, literally any pair of people in the gym can be close competitors.

    After a thruster-muscle-up-row workout a couple months ago, I got really fired up to make every single rep attempt count. I failed a box-scaled muscle-up and gave up about three pulls on the rower to Jordan while I was getting reset on the rings.