Friday, September 12, 2008

How bad-ass is this?

**17 hour fast**
I snapped my Oly bar in half today.



Working from home, which means garage OHS and power cleans. I took a ton of video today, as my OHS form appears to be getting worse instead of better. Thought I'd get some feedback from a few people who know what they're doing. I did a bunch of sets with just the bar - probably about 50 reps in total.

Then I video'd some PC attempts, as I wanted to do something I felt better about. I'll send those for review as well, because there's a good chance I'm not as good as I think and I should probably find out one way or the other.

Did a bunch of sets at 75# and 85#. Finished off with about 8 reps at 95#, which is only 5# shy of my 1RM. Had two failures in there, but the rest flew up solid.

The very last rep - like, the rep when I said, "Should I even do this one? I'm really tired..." - I pulled, racked, dumped the bar from the rack... and it SNAPPED IN HALF. And I have the whole thing on video. I stare at the bar in a dumb fashion for about 30 seconds, then look away and say, "Fuck". End scene.

UPDATE: you can peep the video HERE. Edited the clean out, though - I'm not looking for feedback on my form. I've got my people on that. It starts after the pull, at the rack.

I will now shell out the bills for a really good bar, as I'm pissed I can no longer practice Oly lifts at home. But I'm still feeling pretty bad-ass about the morning.

13 comments:

brian said...

What an awesome thing to have captured on video!

Bill said...

A crossfit classic!! Absolutely show it to Coach.

Daniel said...

OK, that cracked me up. The expression on your face was priceless. Definitely worth sharing.

Hope you don't mind my trolling your blog, Melissa - I followed Brian here from my blog, and I've always been a fan of your writing style. :)

Camille said...

Holy shit Melissa! lol Yeah, that reaction was priceless.

Richard Vanmeerbeek said...

HILARIOUS, and you were about to look away from the barbell but noticed at the last minute that it was in 2. I'm cracking up !

Richard Le said...

I like the angry T-Pain music. I'm surprised you didn't turn into a rude dude =P

Melissa Byers said...

Richard Le - you are the first person to correctly identify that track! I've had lots of people ask me what it was. Two points for you.

Jack Bauer said...

Glad you came by us today and "got some". I hope next time I see you, you're a pullup vamp! Good work today!

AJ said...

I actually laughed out loud.

Alexander Kornishev said...

OMG Mellisa, this video is priceless :)))))
but I am glad that this s..ty bar snapped when you dumped it and not during 1RM squat as there was obviously a defect in structure.

Ryan P said...
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Ryan P said...

hilarious video, love that t-pain song too!

Kris said...

LMAO! That's good stuff right there.

I hope you've replaced the bar. You don't strike me as the "quitter" type, so I'm assuming you already have a new one.