WOD 181017

Patience is Key

Part 4 of A Recovery Story by Coach Josh

When I was younger, my dad would always tell me that patience is a virtue. I had a lot of practice with this virtue when I was a hockey goalie but I never truly understood what he meant by it. I always thought he was talking about being patient in the net or being patient about opportunities to play. It was only when I got hurt that I started to understand what my dad was telling me. Patience is not just about waiting for something to happen, but it is taking the necessary steps in order to make it happen for you or understand something that could be acting as a barrier. This requires time and a plan.  

Throughout my journey of healing my back, I definitely had my moments of being impatient. I had days where I would feel super great and no sign of pain at all. This is the equivalent of having the imaginary devil on your shoulder that you see in the cartoons. It usually tells someone to do something they know is not the right thing to do but the devil on your shoulder makes it sound like there won’t be any consequences. This would happen to me on those days where I felt great. I would ignore the fact that I had been in pain the last three days but, screw it, I feel great today so I am going to push it. Big - and stupid - mistake.

Whenever I had these good days and I would push it, I would pay for it in the days to follow. It was almost like I was taking one step forward and two to three steps backwards. It was a very annoying cycle to be stuck in. About the third to fourth time this happened (yes, I am a slower learner), I realized that I just need to take it easy and stick the programming that I had. I needed to take time to ensure that my back would be healed properly before jumping back into a more rigorous training program. So, if you are hurt or have a nagging pain, give it the time and attention it deserves and do not just wait until you feel better because that can be misleading. If you would like to go back to my previous blogs to see methods, feel free to ask me any questions about them.

Thank you everyone for following my recovery series with me. I hope you enjoyed it and enjoyed hearing about how coaches are just like the athletes we coach. We are not invincible. Again, if you guys have any questions, feel free to reach out and we can have a conversation about this a little more in depth. Thank you!



Metcon - On a running 15 minute clock:

Build to a 2RM snatch **

** Athletes will build to a heavy 2RM snatch. However they must complete 6 toes to bar before every attempt at a 2RM.

Athletes must start at 1 of 2 starting weights and build from there. They cannot make any jumps bigger than 20#.

If an athletes MISSES a rep, they must perform 6 toes to bar before they can return to their barbell. Once they return to their barbell, they must complete 2 reps of the snatch before moving on.


75/55# or 120/100#