On the 4:00 x 5 Rounds:
9 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20)
15 Dumbbell Front Squats (50’s/35’s)
15/12 Calorie Bike/Row
5 Repetitions @ 70%
4 Repetitions @ 75%
3 Repetitions @ 80%
1 Repetition @ 84%
1 Repetition @ 87%
1 Repetition @ 90%
Rest as Needed Between Sets
“I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at their rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis
We crave the confirmation of progress. Whether that be weekly increases in weights, continual raises at work, or anything between. It can be in our nature to seek out those signals. Yet we can learn something from the stonecutter.
When a stonecutter addresses their next task, splitting a giant stone in two, they starts hammering away. One blow at a time, they line up each and every strike with meticulous precision. 10 strikes pass by, and there is no visible change to the stone. 50 strikes go by, and still no visible change. No cracks, dents, or any indication of… anything. 100 strikes pass, and, the same. On the 101st strike, it splits in two.
Through the 100 strikes, there wasn’t an external signal or sign that this was working. But beneath the surface, invisible to the eye, the stone was splitting with each passing blow. It wasn’t something different about the final strike… it was instead the culmination of all 101 blows. Impossible without a single one of them.
True change takes place from the inside out. And much like the stonecutter, we have two options: to spend emotional energy worrying if we’re making progress, or to have full faith in the process, spending every ounce of focus we have on that next strike.
Upcoming classes and events…
=> CrossFit Open! October 10th – November 11th. Be a part of our favorite event of the year…the CFA Open Intramural! Sign up here: 2020 CrossFit Games Sign-up
=> 4th Annual WODing for a Cure! Saturday October 19th at 8am. All proceeds will benefit ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer! All are welcome to participate. Click here to donate to this great cause: ♥ Http://main.acsevents.org/goto/doreenmortier
=> 2nd Annual CFA Beer Tour! HOLD THE DATE! Saturday November 16th. Details TBD.