The Chief at Arena Ready

by Rob on December 30th, 2015

​After "The Chief" on our wedding day in September 2013
​One of the coolest parts about CrossFit is that its workouts, and your personal results, are measurable, observabe, and repeatable.  So once you've performed a WOD more than once you're able to look back and see how much better (i.e. fitter) you've become - either you went faster, used more weight, or achieved more rounds/reps.  It's not an anecdotal measure of your fitness level (e.g. "I think my pants look sexier on me this month" or "I'm pretty sure my abs look better now in the right light"), but actual data that supports your increased work capacity.  And sometimes, in the midst of all that nerdy excercise data, you weave a little story arond certain WODs that just hold a special place in your heart.   

If you've been a member at Arena Ready for a while you knew it was coming on New Year's Eve... "The Chief."  We do this WOD every year at this time because it's one of my favorite workouts of all time, and since Jan 1st is my birthday it has become somewhat of a "Rob's pre-birthday tradition" at AR.  We also ran this WOD on my (and Sarah's) wedding day in 2013, and a few other times over the last 3.5 years (we're good for it once or twice a year, haha).

The WOD itself is a spicy one - it has pulling, pushing, and squatting all included... and the rep scheme and work/rest ratio allow you to keep moving at a pretty fast pace for a fairly long (by CrossFit standards) period of time. 

The first time I did this WOD about six years ago I remember getting 16 total rounds, laying out on the floor in exhaustion after the final cycle, and thinking there was no way I could ever move any faster.  About thirty minutes later I watched Tony casually get 32 rounds (exactly double my score) and I thought surely he wasn't human.  Since then I think I've done the workout at least eight more times, and my goal for the WOD has evolved over the years.  Initially the gold standard of 20 rounds was what I wanted... after I hit that I aimed for 25 rounds... and after I made that goal I set my sights on 30 rounds, thinking it would be awesome but would probably never happen.  Last year I hit 29+ rounds twice and was SO CLOSE to the seemingly impossible (for me) goal of 30, and that's when I decided it HAD to happen in my lifetime.  

So, since I turn 38 on Friday I ask all of you to come in on Thursday to do the WOD I have come to hate love over the years - the one WOD I continue to measure myself against above all others... "The Chief." 

WOD for 12-31-15:

​"The Chief"
Five 3-Minute Cycles for Max Rounds:
3 Power Cleans @ 135/95 lbs
6 Push-ups
9 Air Squats
(Rest 1 Minute)

Each cycle is 3 minutes, and there is 1 minute of rest between cycles.  We will score this continuously, keeping one running count for total rounds, because that's how I like to do it (and it's how we've always done it) and it's my birthday.

(Compare to 12-31-14, 06-30-14, 12-31-13, 09-28-13, 06-18-13 and 12-31-12)

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