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Now on to our regularly scheduled content:
What I’m reading —
How Perfectionism Leads to Athlete Burnout / Alex Hutchinson / Outside Magazine
This is an interesting look at what causes overtraining and burnout in athletes, especially following Simone Biles’ decision to drop out of the Olympics.
“Setting high goals and holding yourself to high standards can have lots of positive effects; it’s beating yourself up when you fall short of those standards that is most associated with negative outcomes like depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.”
What I’m listening to —
Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Being Great by Joshua Medcalf
This is a great little book on learning to love the process of working toward your dreams, told through the story of one boy’s journey to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a samurai warrior. So much wisdom in this one.
“Every adjustment at the firing line means the difference between hitting the target and missing it. And the same is true in life. Every little thing we do, no matter how mundane, matters greatly when it is multiplied by the number of times we do it.”
A quote that inspires me —
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” – Epictetus
What I’m training —
I’ve been a little lazy training power exercises lately, but squat jumps are one of those exercises that when I do them regularly, result in the biggest power gains. There are lots of different variations, but the type I’m focusing on is a low squat into the highest jump possible. I do about ten reps before my legs are shot and I have to take a break.
Three new workouts —
Dynamic Jump Rope HIIT Workout (12 minute, jump rope)
Bodyweight Burner AMRAP Workout (AMRAP, none)
320 Rep Core Circuit (Time challenge, dip bar, box)
And here’s a plyos + medicine ball workout I posted on Instagram.
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– Krista Stryker
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