Wednesday 12 March


I'm reading an incredible book at the moment, called The Rise Of Superman.  In it, the author attempts to decode the mystery of ultimate human performance, through an unlikely source; extreme sports junkies.

He explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

BASE jumpers, wingsuit flyers, mountain bike and MotoX riders, kayakers, free skiers and surfers are using flow states to achieve the impossible.

In one chapter, we're introduced to Mark Powell, an overweight, chain smoker, who had a miserable time on a hiking trip to Yosemite in 1954, due to his lack of fitness.

He got mad, lost 20kg, and got into rock climbing in a big way.

Back in the 50's rock climbing was just something that was practiced only to help with mountaineering, not the separate sport it is today.    Powell decided he was going to be the best ever rock climber, and moved permanently into Yosemite, living in a tent and climbing every day.  He got so good, that others moved there too, to climb with and learn from him.  And once there was a group, the difficulty of ascents that were being conquered went off the charts!  Records were being set on an almost daily basis.

We have seen the same thing happen on Oahu's North Shore with surfing, and the Z-boys skating in Dogtown.  When you get a group of like minded people together, pushing the boundaries, anything is possible.  Kotler calls it group flow.

I see the same thing at CrossFit NZ.  No more than a year ago, a 200kg deadlift was a mammoth feat.  Now, it doesn't even get you on the Leaderboard!  Muscle ups used to be just for the Regionals athletes, now we have run out of room on the muscle up club list.  Body weight snatches, levers, handstand walking and triple unders, all epic skills in their own right, and all being mastered by more and more people.  When you see your workout buddy achieve something, it helps you believe that it is possible for you to get it too.  And then there's the semi-competitive side of you that not only wants to catch them, but to beat them!

We've got a little bit of group flow going on here, every day new boundaries are crossed.

What will 2014 hold for us all?  What formerly deemed impossible feat of fitness will you achieve?

PERFORMANCE

Strength

A1. Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts

3 x 8-10 e/leg

A2. DB Bench Press

3 x 10-15

Metcon

A.

In 7mins;

500m Row

400m Run

As many burpees as possible

Rest 5mins

B.

10 Pistols, alternating

200m Run

AMRAP in 7mins

FITNESS

Strength

A1. Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts

3 x 8-10 e/leg

A2. DB Bench Press

3 x 10-15

Metcon

A.

In 7mins

800m Run

Row as far as possible

Rest 5mins

B.

10 DB Row

10 Walking Lunge

200 Run

AMRAP in 7mins

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