Workout: Four rounds for time of:
15-foot Rope Climb, 3 Ascents
Accessory: Spend 15 minutes working toward one of your goals on the goal board.
Respect The Thruster
“No aspect of functional movement is more important than its capacity to move large loads over long distances, and to do so quickly. Collectively, these three attributes (load, distance, and speed) uniquely qualify functional movements for the production of high power.” ~ Greg Glassman, Founder and CEO of CrossFit.
This is why thrusters hurt: They’re an extremely high power-output exercise and, as such, are one of the most useful exercises in the CrossFit tool-bag for improving one’s work capacity. High power output in a movement, and in a workout, is essential to causing the physical adaptations we are all looking for.
So embrace the suck the next time you see thrusters in a workout, because you WILL be seeing them again. And above all else, try to spend less time hating thrusters and a little more time practicing them. Because guess what… thrusters don’t really like you either. They don’t like you because you don’t like them… and it shows.
What’s more, you only treat them well when you’re bright and cheery and fresh (like at the beginning of a workout). But when you start getting tired, suddenly you don’t like them again; you treat them as if it’s THEIR fault that you’re not very good at them, that the movement itself is somehow to blame because you get tired when you’re doing them.
But there’s hope! You can turn this relationship around, and you can do it right now! Understand that the more you respect the thruster, the better it will treat you. Thrusters are incredibly powerful, and have the ability to improve your life beyond your wildest dreams (insert Napoleon Dynamite joke here). Show them the respect they deserve. Practice them often. Speak of them well. Perform them with calculated grace. Make it so that you can show them off proudly even when you get tired — especially when you get tired — because that’s when your respect will pay off the most.