Workout: Push Press: 3-3-3-3-3-3-3 reps
Accessory: Accumulate 30 Strict Pull-ups
You May Be Strong, But Are You Tough?
The myth is that you’re either born tough or you’re not. The truth is, toughness, both mental and physical, can and should be trained and cultivated, just like any other skill… regardless of whether we do or do not find it engrained within our DNA.
A very simple example of physical toughness –and one that is used as a euphemism of toughness in general– is thick skin (literally). We as CrossFitters rarely develop calluses beyond our hands. By comparison, those that train with tough objects or in tough climates tend to develop thick skin… all over. Mikko Salo, the 2009 CrossFit Games champion, is a cold weather rescue diver as part of his profession in Pori, Finland . Annie Thorisdottir (2011 & 2012 CrossFit Games champion) and Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir (2015 CrossFit Games Champion) are both from ICELAND, and thus routinely train at below-freezing temperatures. Coincidence?
Suffice to say, exposing ourselves to the elements is the best way to develop this very real form of physical toughness. And as a bonus, the constantly shifting terrain challenges our body, our patience and focus. Freezing temperatures and unpredictable terrain makes everything harder, or rather, more complex. The result is that we learn how to tolerate higher levels of stress, both mental and physical, and forces us to adapt in order to make something work despite the fact that the environment is not cooperating. We can either deal with it, or we can fail, plain and simple.
Ruken, Sarah, Moira, Tolga, Krystle, Bret, Drew, Madison, Max, Pete (and his alter-ego, ‘Kenny’) and Katie all chose to deal with ‘it’… and braved the coldest bootcamp workout in CFBT history. How cold, you ask? 36 bone-chilling degrees fahrenheit. And THAT is the definition of tough!