– Personality is born out of pain. It is the fire shut up in the flint. – J.B Yeats.

If you want to get to know how someone presents themselves to the world, take them out for coffee.

If you want to see what they’re really like, you have to place them under massive amounts of stress.

While under stress, willpower dwindles. People stop behaving and start relying on what actually makes them who they are.

That’s when you learn something.

You want to see if someone is calm under pressure? Watch them fail double unders while the clock ticks away.

You want to see who’s actually motivated vs. the people who just say they’re motivated? Take a look at the weight percentage they use.

Who cheats reps and thinks you don’t notice?

Who holds back? Who second guesses themselves? Who over thinks things?

Watch people train at the fringes of their ability and you learn more in a 20 min WOD then any conversation.

Enter Tuesday’s WOD: It started to suck very badly and very quickly. Massive amounts of stress if there ever was.

5 Rounds

3 mins on. 1 min off.

3x Hang Cleans

6x Push ups

9x Air Squats

Each 3 min cycle is a min AMRAP. 1 min of rest. Start a new set of rounds every three minutes.

The first 2 rounds weren’t bad. Round 3 and 4 were the worst. As mentioned before in another post, scheduled rest sucks. You lose all momentum, you have to start everything all over again, and 1 minutes of rest is just enough to make you realize how bad the next round is going to be, not let you recover for it.

There are two kinds of reactions to scheduled rest:

1) Slow down when time runs out.

2) Speed up as time runs out.

It’s easy to tell. You can almost see the thought process, “I can slow down and just finish this round. Yeah. That’s what I’ll do.”

Stalling happens. Hands get chalked. Brows get wiped incessantly. Water bottles get sipped. Shoes get tied and re-tied. Set up times suddenly take longer.

The alternative?

“1 min left. Fuck. Must. Go. Faster.” Jaws tighten. Eyes change. Odds are someone is going to start to growl.

Some days you’ll be the former and some days you’ll be the latter. It happens to everyone.

Either way you decide to go, I respect any athlete who pushes themselves to the brink of their abilities. Unfortunately for you, I’m one of those really annoying people who pays attention.

I know what you’re capable of probably better then you do.