I don’t know what it is, but learning new skills keeps you young. Seriously, learning new things whether it be mental or physical are ways to keep our brains sharp and our memories lasting. The problem is that often we don’t see the value in learning new things. In most cases we actually shy away from “new” things due to the challenge of them. We like to be good at things, and as adults most of us have a career that we do daily with a skill set that others consider “mastery” so essentially we do what we are good at. Due to the fact that we use this to pay our bills and often see no further adaptation or evolution we are happy to stop learning or needing to be taught things because we have what we need to survive or provide.
When it comes to your fitness you will continue to see physical changes in old abilities and to your literal body as you learn new skills. Today we will practice climbing rope….but why? Well the better question is why not really? First of all so you can crush it at the Spartan race or mud run or whatever fun racing circuit you one day sign up for, also when the zombies start to take over in order to get into my tree house you will need to be able to climb a rope…..so I want you to be able to come visit me. Another reason is because it takes a significant amount of patience, accuracy, coordination and strength to be able to climb a rope well with more than just your hands……so lets get better at it.
Today we also get a large dose of double unders……those of you who don’t have them, you should be practicing them daily. The higher jump, the faster hands it requires, the accuracy of the timing….you are short changing your results in the gym until you can do them. Some people will die trying to get these and that is ok, but you if can’t do them…..and you don’t practice them numerous days a week…..shame on you! Learn new skills and become a master of new things.
Lastly I’ll close with this……if you take time to learn, your children will take time to learn. I don’t have children yet, but I can surely say that I see children mimic the things their parents do. A piece of advice that was shared with me from someone else who works on CrossFit HQ’s L1 staff is that you should spend 30 min. each day learning something. It doesn’t need to be rocket science or math or anything like that…..but read, listen, learn. Turn on off your phone, close the door and engage in something that teaches you something. You will be a happier human because of it, even if at first you don’t look forward to it.
1. Rope Climb Practice (12 min.)
50 HR push up
100 Double Unders
50 KB swing (53/35) “Vertical Bell at top”
35 HR Push Up
75 Double Unders
35 KB Swing
20 HR Push Up
50 Double Unders
20 KB Swing