Hey everybody! Today is not going to be an ordinary blog post- I, the aloof BF, am filling in for Claire in the first attempt as a “guest” writer. We thought it might be fun to mix things up once in a while, and for me to chime in a little of my own voice. It’s a funny thing to be an occasionally mentioned subject on a blog, especially when you encounter many of its readers in person. I’ve seen people come up to Claire and say, “Hey, are you Claire? I read your blog, it’s great to meet you!” and then sneak an awkward side glance my way, the kind everyone has experienced, the kind that says, “I think I know you, your face looks familiar, but I’m not sure, so I’m going to look away before making eye contact!” My other favorite is when Claire and I walk into the gym together- “Hi Claire! How are you this morning! Oh, hi BF.” So, now that we can set formalities aside and we’re all best friends, come say hi sometime.
Claire and I (and the rest of the gym) have been suffering since we did Kelly on Monday. From all the benchmark and Hero WODs we’ve done so far, and this being the second time we’ve done Kelly, I’ve concluded that Kelly is the disgruntled, unmercifully punishing matriarch of the benchmark WOD family. From her high ruling throne in the world of pain, she descends her suffering upon the innocent WODers with purposeful fury. I mean come on, 150 wall balls?? I’d like to meet Kelly and actually introduce her to wall balls, because anyone who has actually done them would know you don’t program 150 of them like that.
After the WOD and a good vent session with Claire that was along those lines, I determined that there is only one lift that, given a choice, I would pick wall balls over: Thrusters. But this made us curious about why some lifts give us a higher degree of suffering than others.
Suffering, we concluded, is the battle raging between psychological fatigue and muscular fatigue. I find it interesting that there have been scientific studies showing psychological fatigue will stop you before true muscle fatigue truly sets in almost every time, and it is this paradox, I believe, that is the beating heart of CrossFit.
After concluding that Thrusters and Wall Balls are about as sufferable as it gets, I started to think about what my Top 10 list of most miserable moves in CrossFit would be. Sure, everything we do in CrossFit is difficult–but it is the battle that is waged between psychological fatigue and muscular fatigue that sets these apart. It’s the, “C’mon, one more rep! But this hurts so bad!” argument in your head, when you know you can keep going, but just want to cry.
So, here, in order, are my Top 10. Do you agree? I’m really interested to know what everyone else’s least favorite move is, so we decided to turn this list into a poll. If you see your most sufferable move on this list, you can vote for it–and if you think I missed something, please let me know in the comments!