I’ve known what intensity was way before I learned of Newtons Laws of Force X Distance over Time, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve applied it theoretically to my training. I remember high school wrestling practices like it was yesterday. To a select few of us, wrestling practice was more like a battle to the death, fist flying, bloody noses, bodies everywhere. We had no limit. The intensity required to win the match, even in practice, was normal even if it meant slamming my best friend against the wall in an attempt to recieve a takedown before the round ended. I am reminded of another time when we somehow acquired old wrestling mats in my backyard during the off season. This specific night it was a friday night before a football game. The guys came over and we just wrestled. No coaches, no fans, no excuses.
Two guys would start wrestling as the odd man acted as the referee,bouncer, and custodian. His role as a referee was to ultimately decide those questionable calls that the other two were too stubborn to acknowledge. He would act as the bouncer to keep us on the mat so we wouldn’t go out of bounds into the grass. He was also the custodian becuase he would have to walk around with the broom to constantly sweep the sand off the mat so we wouldn’t slip. This crucial role was one shared between us all. We gave all that we had everytime for one purpose; To be the best the we possibly knew how. I will never forget going to the football game that night, tired, sore and all scratched up after wrestling in the back yard with a sense of accomplishment. Nobody knew what we went threw just an hour before but we did and that’s all that mattered.
I loved that feeling of knowing that each wrestling match would push my physically and mentally harder than ever before. Our psychological and phsycial tolerance was always exceeded everytime we wrestled each other. We expected nothing less. There was no holding back on intensity. The intensity level was high even according to Newtons Laws of Power. Nobody could refute that when they saw us wrestle. It was performance observed by others, measured by fatigue, and repeated everyday.
When I started Crossfiting its was just natural for me to go “there.” There being where most people are scared to venture into during difficult workouts. To be honest, it’s an ugly place BUT necessary for growth.
Something that I learned early and am reminded often is that one can learn the principles of Power and Intensity, one can teach these very principles as well, but only during times as mentioned above can one truly appreciate intensity as the end all be all to reaching your highest potential. That can’t be taught, its earned through hard work and dedication.
Monday’s Workout (CAP)
Three rounds for time:
Run 400 meters
21 KB Swings (53/35)