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Day 323 of 365: Movin’ On Up!

Travis Holley November 1, 2012 365Days of Strength, Strength training Comments

Happy Halloween!

I hope y’all are having a great week, and making things happen in your lives.

Yesterday, at CrossFit Central, the coaches tested out there 1RM Back Squat.  Now, if you know anything about me, you know that I love to lift heavy.  You also know that it’s rare to find me or my Strictly Strength athletes lifting heavy singles, searching for new PRs.  I have my reasons as to why this is the case, but to put it simply….

I don’t believe in testing 1-RMs on a frequent basis. If you’re always testing, I feel as though athletes lose sight of why they’re really in the gym.  Not to mention that constant testing is not only stressful on the body(for obvious reasons), but it’s also heavy on the mind, creating more stress and potential frustration.   Trust me….I want my athletes to be strong as hell, but I don’t want them to be on a quest for some number.  I really don’t give a shit about numbers.

I frequently ask my athletes if they are getting stronger….The answer is always a YES!  That’s my feedback.  That’s all the testing I really need to do.  And the beautiful thing about this style is that my athletes are setting PRs on lifts that occur in complexes or SWODs, we don’t need to specifically pick a movement and test it – it’s happening when they hit the workout!  In addition, when on the rare occurrence that we do actually test out a lift, they blow old numbers away!

That was a bit of a tangent, but it gives y’all context as to how I train and how I train my athletes.

Now…back to the good stuff!  So, yesterday was one of those rare times when I felt it was time to test out my back squat.  Don’t ask me why…I don’t really know why, but my body felt good and I was itching to know where I was.

I am stoked to share with y’all that my back squat has jumped 15lbs, from 400 to 415!

Watching that stills gets me fired up! Hahaha.

And now here’s Michael Winchester matching his all-time PR of 415, but this time doing it with a High-Bar Squat!!!  The dude is getting STRONG!

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Travis Holley is a CrossFit Level II Coach, has a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and has 3 years of experience coaching a wide variety of individuals ranging from young athletes to grandparents, and everyone in between.