21-15-9 Reps Each for Time:
Squat Clean (135#/95#)
Growing up my parents were big on putting things away. Especially my dad. “Leave it better than you found it.” “Put it where it belongs.” “Work smarter, not harder.” All things I heard often. They were ingrained in me. Whether I was having to clean my room, put my skateboard and ramps away it was the same message. Even as a Boy Scout on camp outs, he would make sure we kept our tents clean, our gear stowed, and things in its proper place.
Growing up as a military brat this was pretty normal, and when I joined the Army after college I had no problem adjusting to a load plan, equipment layout, or a motorpool inspection. As a tank platoon leader I was pretty emphatic with my crews about ensuring things were stowed correctly and in the right spot. Why? Because when the shit hit the fan, you should automatically know where “it” is. Also if you put “it” away the other members of your crew or platoon should know exactly where to look should they need “it“. That ensured discipline, attention to detail, a relentless focus on doing things right, and making them second nature so that you don’t get sloppy, lose things, or waste time and effort.
What‘s the point of this? Well in our gym we have specific spots for where “it” goes. The kettlebells are lined up smallest to largest. Dumbbells are stacked neatly in pairs one on top of the other. The abMats are stacked on a shelf. Bands are hung by color on their pegboard. Rowers stored upright and staggered. Bars are grouped in the bar holders. Jump ropes on the wall. Box jumps are stored with the ones that are alike. PVC’s in the bucket. BUMPERS stacked NEATLY and by the correct WEIGHT! That means 45‘s are in the 45 lb. stack. The 10‘s, 15‘s, 25‘s and 35‘s are also in their respective stacks and not mixed together.
Lately this has become an issue. We put labels over the stacks with numbers on them to make it easier yet somehow 10 lb. bumpers end up in the 45’s pile or 15’s and 25’s are mixed together. One 35 lb. plate in the middle of 45’s. Really? Bumper plate fail. This creates extra work to fix it and is just a no-go.
Why the rant? Because each day when you come in for the WOD you need to know where to find “it”; whatever that may be. After you use it then it goes back where it belongs so the next person can use it, and not waste time looking. This also keeps things neat, organized and free of clutter around the gym. You see in this box we don’t allow for things to just go wherever anyone wants. If you got it out then put it back where it belongs. If it happens to be messed up then please “leave it better than you found it.”
P.S. if this doesn’t fix it there will just be more burpee warm-ups!
The Ring Dip Standard:
Top of shoulder below elbow. Full lockout.
Alternative training methods: “The Tug Toner” by Jimmy Kimmel, YouTube