WOD:

4 minute AMRAP
21 Thrusters (95#/65#)
42 Double unders

-rest 3 minutes

4 minute AMRAP
15 Thrusters (115#/75#)
30 Double unders

-rest 3 minutes

4 minute AMRAP
9 Thrusters (135#/95#)
18 Double unders

Post number of rounds + additional reps completed for each AMRAP to comments.

Kev Milla pulls his way through 17.4.

Competition Nerves: A Love/Hate Relationship

I have to tell you that last week at the American Open Series weightlifting meet in Reno was probably the most nervous I have been in a really long time. My nerves started well before I ever took the competition platform. Truth be told, I was probably more nervous when I was coaching Amber and Julia than I was when I was actually competing. I was really uncomfortable and at times I wondered why the hell I had instigated this whole thing to begin with.

So, why put myself through it?

That’s a good question. I guess the answer must be, “I love it!”

The same could be asked of all of you on a nearly daily basis. I see the look in your eye and the anxiety in your shuffle just before the call, “3, 2, 1, Go!” We all get a bit nervous from time to time. We don’t let that stop us, do we? There is a great Glassman coach on this:

“If your workout doesn’t scare you, your workout isn’t hard enough. If your workout scares you into staying home, you’re not hard enough.”

There’s something to be said for a healthy dose of nerves before you do something demanding. If you’re not just a little bit nervous, then maybe it doesn’t mean that much to you. The key isn’t to not be nervous, it’s using that bit of nervous energy to your advantage.

How do you manage the nerves you get before a hard workout or competition?