I love the Olympics.  It was my dream as a kid, as an athlete, and something that calls all those primal feelings and competitive desires to the forefront of my brain.  There is something about the ULTIMATE competition where you have the chance for huge wins and huge loses.  And even though I'm not in the hunt for an Olympic goal medal anymore, I always have and I always will watch the Olympics when they are on.  The stories that come out of the Olympics are amazing just because of the importance and scarcity of the event.  For each Olympics, there is a 4-year build up.  Some only get one chance to be an Olympian, or maybe  bethe best for one and try to hang on for another.  The thing is that so much is put into a moment in time.  All it takes is one single slip and the dream is gone.  Yes, the pressure is high.  And this ultimate gamble sets an unprecedented stage.  Can you imagine putting hundreds of hours of training into a dream and having it all come down to one moment?  This is the life and world of an athlete.  You need to be able to perform at the precise moment you are competing.  This fact alone can ruin the strongest brain if the performance inst there.  But this is when you have to be able to see the bigger picture of what it is you are doing.  If you look at any great athlete after the time of their reign, they are the same person.  They have moved on to other things in their life.  Maybe its family or career, but its something else that takes their priority.  What I have loved most when I have talked to these athletes is that they look back on their time with joy and happiness whether it did or didn't turn out the way they dreamed.  They really remember the joy of the hunt.  The thrill of competition.  The emotional ride of the whole experience.  And then just to hear what they have learned from these experiences.  It's amazing and humbling all at the same time.  It all goes back to loving the journey.  Its tough to see the journey when you are in the heat of battle but it really is a journey and the competition part is just one leg of the journey.  So when you watch the Olympics (and i hope you do) think about the stories, the winners, the losers, the shockers and all the stories in between.  ITs almost better than any tv story could ever think up.  GO USA!!! :)

FEEL THE BURN!! 

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INFERNO WARM UP X 2

Complete the following: 

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Snatch Balance: (12 min)

2 Rounds:

.......5 @ 80% 1RM Squat Snatch

.......3 @ 90% 1RM

.......3 @ 100% 1RM

.......2 @ 110% 1RM

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then....

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17.3 (16 minute min)

*if you cant make the rounds then make it a 16 min AMRAP with rounds and reps)

0:00-8:00

3 Rounds:

.......6 reps Chest to Bar Pull-ups

.......6 reps Squat Snatch (95/65, 35%1RM, wt to get 18-22UB)

3 Rounds:

.......7 reps Chest to Bar Pull-ups

.......5 reps Squat Snatch (135/95, 55%1RM, wt to get 12-17UB)

Until 12:00:

3 Rounds:

.......8 reps Chest to Bar

.......4 reps Squat Snatch (185/125, 75%1RM, wt to get 4-8UB)

Until 16:00:

3 Rounds:

.......9 reps Chest to Bar

.......3 reps Squat Snatch (225/155, 90%1RM, wt to get 1-3UB)

**if you are still in then until 20:00: ------------------------------

3 Rounds:

.......10 reps Chest to Bar

.......2 reps Squat Snatch (245/170)

Until 24:00

3 Rounds:

.......11 reps Chest to Bar

.......1 rep Sqt Snatch (265/185)

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MWOD:   foam roll the lat, external shoulder rotation with band, and sotz press