05-18 Friday

5X5 Deadlift 75% +5-10lbs

3 rounds not for time: 
20 Death march
20 ball leg curls
5 pistol squats each leg

Cal AD
12 pull ups+12 KB swing between AD sets

“To be Clutch”

‘Clutch’ is a term thrown around often to describe extraordinary performances in high pressure situations.

Most people associate clutch performances with a triumphant sports moment: the home run that wins the game, the service ace on match point, the basket at the buzzer. But each of these contains an element of luck, and clutch is not luck. Paul Sullivan, in his book, Clutch, says that, “Being clutch is not the hole-in-one to win; it’s the well-struck shot close to the flag and the putt that drops in with the tournament on the line. It’s the precisely executed series of plays in football, not the Hail Mary pass. It’s the fortitude to continue battling out a Wimbledon final as you always have—even though the whole world is wondering whether you are going to choke.”

Clutch, simply put, is the ability to do what you can do normally under immense pressure.

Can we deliver your absolute best when everything is on the line?
When the stakes are at their highest, can we execute the same way you do in practice, when there are no stakes at all? Can we focus on the task, not the outcome? Can we adapt cooly in the face of adversity? Can we control your own performance and ignore your competition?

It is an exceedingly difficult task. Transferring what we can do in a relaxed atmosphere to a tenser one is not easy; if it were, everyone would be clutch.

The traits we need when the stakes are highest—grit, optimism, focus, adaptability, determination, resilience—must be forged in the crucible of training. Who we are on the competition floor is a reflection of who we are in practice; no more, no less.