Thursday, November 2, 2006


Sometimes, workouts transcend the physical. They involve such fortitude and inner-will that the effort becomes entirely mental, an exercise in courage.

Quitting is easy. All you have to do is stop and go home. Fortunately, there are a few souls out there who have no desire to go home.

I’m hoping you’re one of them.

Our friends at Brand X and Crossfit Central Scotland have issued a challenge. It’s a bone-crushing test of toughness, dubbed Painstorm XIX:

As Many Rounds As Possible in 40 Minutes:

5 Deadlifts
5 Hang Power Cleans
5 Front Squats
5 Push Presses
5 Back Squats

The prescribed loading is a 70-pound bar—we’ll be using dumbbells for the sake of portability.

Again Faster meets at 8:00 a.m. every Sunday on the shores of Jamaica Pond. This weekend, we’re earning our keep.

Go faster!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm there. When using dumbbells in lieu of a bar, what's the difference between a front squat and a back squat?


11/02/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Gilson said...


Absolutely no difference--we'll come up with a gameday substitution, or just do twice as many dumbbell squats.



11/02/2006 06:35:00 PM  
Blogger CrossFitCS said...

We might have the same problem due to lack of bars. What I think we will be doing is just like Jon said, double the number of front squats!

Good luck guys!

11/03/2006 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

Great picture!!!


11/05/2006 03:02:00 AM  

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