Warrior Week – Part 2

“We are all warriors. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in.”

– Steven Pressfield, “The Warrior Ethos”

The purpose of Warrior Week is to take a good hard look at where we (as a training facility) stand fitness wise. It’s a chance for us to compete with one another, set personal records, share some fellowship and grow our community.  For those of you that participated in Warrior Week in January this will be your chance to measure your progress and crush previous scores, for those of you that didn’t now is your chance to set the bar.

We’ll be finding heavy 1-3 rep maxes on the major lifts in addition to getting baseline times and scores for various conditioning workouts and gymnastics movements. The output of this week will give each of you a clear picture of where your fitness is as well as an accurate indication of what your weaknesses are. This is important because it’s hard to progress without knowing what you suck at. Plain and simple.

The primary goal for the duration of Warrior Week (and all of your training in general) is to NOT GET INJURED. Be smart with the loads that you select. Leave your ego at the door. Respect proper mechanics. You know what you’re doing and you also have access to a team of skilled coaches at your disposal if you ever feel overwhelmed or don’t understand what is expected of you.

If, at anytime during Warrior Week, there is something that you do not feel comfortable doing, please speak up and we can find an acceptable substitution.

Here are a few things to take into consideration:

  • The Workouts will be posted each day at midnight.
  • Recovery (sleep), restoration activities (massage, foam rolling, acupuncture) and eating enough of the right things are going to be very important. Start building those good habits now and you will be rewarded in the long run.
  • Try to sleep up to 9 hours per night this entire week. You’re going to need it. Anything more than that and you are being lazy.
  • Put focus and effort into your warm up and you will be rewarded with a productive and safe training session.
  • You are probably going to feel pretty beat up by Wednesday. This is totally normal as your body is adapting to the increased training volume and intensity.
  • Thursday is a planned rest day for those that completed all of the workouts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • If you miss any of the first three sessions, Thursday is your chance to make them up.
  • Keep your focus and mental game in the right place. Accept that you are going to come face to face with some pretty difficult tasks. You’ll get a second chance to crush these weaknesses.
  • Warrior Week is entirely optional (but we would like you to complete it to the best of your ability).

This week will no doubt be very difficult. But trust in the process and know that working your ABSOLUTE HARDEST and staying focused will only set you up for success.

Good luck!

Oh, and one last point.