: the quality or state of being physically strong
: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force
: the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way
These definitions of strength, as provided by Merriam-Webster Dictionary, tell us that there are many different types of strength; physical, structural, mental, emotional, spiritual......etc.
The word strength can mean so many different things to so many people.
Here at CrossFit Five Cities, we see several types of strength being displayed everyday, from mental strength (pushing through the hardest part of the workout), to emotional strength (overcoming your own doubts in your mind or fear of something) and of course, physical strength (moving heavy loads, doing several reps of strict gymnastic movements....etc).
A balanced athlete, will have each of the aforementioned types of strength. This is what allows you to handle anything that comes your way.
Segway into our current STRENGTH building cycle in our daily WOD's. You've been seeing a lot of back squats, Romanian deadlifts, strict presses, strict pull-ups, strict hspu......etc. (and they'll be around for a bit...wink-wink-nudge-nudge ;) )
These strict, slow lifts are to help you, the athlete who wants to be stronger and more fit, build the absolute strength required to get better at the more explosive/dynamic 'speed strength' and 'strength speed' movements. Take the time to focus on your position, move slow and controlled with the heaviest load possible, (or the most strict position possible for anything gymnastic related) for YOU! If you focus more on the strong position and quality of movement over the next few months, I can guarantee you will see MANY MORE PR's in your future than if you get stuck trying to put a big number on the whiteboard with crappy position and subpar movement mechanics.
Think of it like getting REALLY good at walking before learning to be REALLY GOOD at sprinting. Same concept. Focus on your positions and mechanics over the coming months, be patient with your body and lets make it a GREAT year of FITNESS GROWTH!!
Make it a great week of training C5!