Seasonal Depression in the Sport of Fitness
by Matt Bryant, OPEX Coach

I’ve made a noticing over the past couple of years within seasons of the sport of fitness.  I have noticed it with athletes I work with and in myself as an athlete.  This is an interesting time in the season for the sport of fitness.  The buzz of the games is over and now people are starting to realize the work they are putting in might not get them exactly what they want.  Guess what… That is scary as shit.  “I want to go to regionals” “I might not go and I am working my ass off all year and this shit is hard!”  There are 5 months until the open and now is that middle ground of… Do I continue or do I make it seem like it isn’t as important as I said before?

I hear it and I see it, and I bet anyone that coaches can see it. I’m just going to put it out there and see if it sits with some of you.  People start to question the program, they bounce around to different blogs, change gyms, they make the decision to quit etc… The conversation about taking 100% responsibility for everything that happens to you is a great one to think about. We mean EVERYTHING.  We can blame others or make excuses as much as we want, but in the end we are just spending that energy on saying whatever we think will make us feel better.  Now don’t get me wrong, if you have the feelings notice them and let yourself be emotional for a bit – but don’t let it dictate your actions.  If the program or relationship with your coach isn’t what you would like, bring it up and have a conversation. If it doesn’t change, that’s fine move on.  The first thing is knowing what exactly you want to accomplish. That’s a great conversation to have with your coach, or even just sitting with yourself and reflecting.  I know as a coach I have no judgment on what any of my athletes say they want to achieve, I just want them to get what it is they say the want to get!

Sometimes turning the other direction is a great feeling and as coaches we have to let athletes go and make that decision.  Giving up and knowing your athletic career might be over to focus 100% of being the best coach, parent, friend, business owner.. whatever it is will be just as rewarding as long as you are living your truth through your decision.

Now is a great time to have those talks with your athletes, or as athletes to sit with yourself or talk to your coaches about how you are feeling.  Once the conversation is had both of you will feel better about the direction. The truth will allow both to give your gifts to the fullest.

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Function 10/20/14

Attention Function followers: testing week! Please post your results daily to be aggregated into the group result for better programming into the next cycle

A. Back squat – build to a 1RM – film and post if able
B. Strict pullups – 3x max repetitions – report if any assistance was used
C. Max pushups repetitions in 2 minutes
D. Sorenson hold – 1 set, max duration – thighs on GHD pad, hip bone just off pad

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Being 10/20/14

Run 800m 90% aero

rest 2mins

5mins amrap 90% effort
10 cal row
4 PC and jerk 155/95#

rest easy spin on AD 3mins

5mins amrap 90% effort
8 wall balls 20/14# 10′ target
8 HR pushups
8 situps

rest walk 3mins

5mins 90% effort
5 CTB chin ups
5 ring dips
20 DU

rest easy row 3mins

5mins 90% effort
10 walk lunges
7 KBS 2/1.5pd russian
5 box jump sd 24/20″

rest 2mins

Run 800m 90% aero same pace as above

Notes:
– all 5min amraps are sustainable pace
– start maintain and finish at the same pace
– the second 800m run should be same time as first run

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Will 10/20/14

AM

Row 3k @Aer pace

PM

Emom 20 min –
Min 1 – MU x 4 unbroken
Min 2 – AD 10 sec HARD
Min 3 – HSPU x 8
Min 4 – TTB x 8
Min 5 – Run 100m

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She 10/20/14

Row 5k @Aer effort
– every 1k get off and complete 2 TGU/arm

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57 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this early. I’m in japan so I’m about 12 hours ahead of you.
    A. 345
    B. 10-10-6 rested 3 min between
    C. 54
    D. 1:53

  2. Being:

    800m: 2:36
    Row/PC&J@70kg: 3+10 cals
    WB/HRPU/SU: 5+5 WB
    C2B/RD/DU: 6+5C2B
    WL/RKBS/BJSD: 5+3BJSD
    800m: 2:53

    Everything went smooth and felt good, except for the last 800m, started a bit to fast. (Our 800m “course” is more like 840m).

  3. 35/M/6’2/215#
    Function
    A. Back squat – 335# x 1
    B. Strict pullups – 8 – 7 – 7
    C. Max pushups repetitions in 2 minutes – 41
    D. Sorenson hold – 2:19

  4. 24/M/6’2/192#
    Function
    A. Back squat – 305# x 1
    B. Strict pullups – 5,5,4
    C. Max pushups repetitions in 2 minutes – 38
    D. Sorenson hold – No GHD

  5. Age 65 + 69
    Function
    Back squats karol 55 kg John 67 kg
    Strict pull ups karol band John unassisted
    Push ups karol 26 on knees John 42
    Sorenson karol 2min John 1:35

  6. Being

    Run 800m: 3:30

    Amrap 1 : 2 rounds + 10 Cals

    Amrap 2: 4 rounds + 4 WB’s

    Amrap 3: 4 rounds + 5 CTB’s + 5 ring dips

    Amrap 4: 4 rounds + 6 Lunges

    Run 800m: 3:15

  7. A: 3:45 minutes
    B: 4 rounds exactly @ 70kg
    C: 5 + 8 wall balls
    D: 5 rounds exactly
    E: 5 rounds exactly
    F: 3:35 minutes

    M/27/5’10/85kg

  8. Row 800m – 2:50
    Row/PC&J – 3 rounds
    WB/HRPU/SU – 3 rounds + 4 SU
    C2B/RD/DU: 3 rounds + 5RD
    WL/RKBS/BJSD: 4 rounds
    Row 800m – 2:59

  9. M/27/509/190
    BEING

    Run 800m 90% – 4:00

    rest 2mins

    5mins amrap 90% effort – 4 rounds
    10 cal row
    4 PC and jerk 155/95#

    rest easy spin on AD 3mins

    5mins amrap 90% effort – 4 rounds, 8 WB, 4 HR pushups
    8 wall balls 20/14# 10′ target
    8 HR pushups
    8 situps

    rest walk 3mins

    5mins 90% effort – 4 rounds, 5 chin up (I did strict chin ups)
    5 CTB chin ups
    5 ring dips
    20 DU

    rest easy row 3mins

    5mins 90% effort – 4 rounds, 10 walk lunges, 7 KBS
    10 walk lunges
    7 KBS 2/1.5pd russian
    5 box jump sd 24/20″

    rest 2mins

    Run 800m 90% aero same pace as above – 4:15

  10. OPEX Worldwide event from 10/18/14

    Front Squat – build to a 1RM 270 (PR)
    Good Morning @ 22X1 – build to a 2RM – 205
    – started losing lumbar curve at bottom of 2nd rep so I stayed put at 205

  11. Just a easy 45 min jog with the dogs and a quick trip to the beach today to recover form the awesome weekend of fitness testing at the Athlete Camp. Thanks again for all the knowledge and the great time.

    The Athlete Camp was fantastic and really learned a lot about my engine and how to go on from now to get closer to my goal.

    I will keep posting my scores on the blog until I get EC.

    Thanks again Matt and Erin, you guys were awesome.

    **For al of those who follow the blog and have never been to the OPEX Athlete Camp, you should! Ask your local box to send an email to OPEX and book it ASAP.**

  12. Being

    Run 800m: check

    Amrap 1 : 2 rds + 10 Cals

    Amrap 2: 5 rds

    Amrap 3: 4 rds

    Amrap 4: 4 rds

    Run 800m: check

    *Just coming back to OPT after spending a couple months doing Field Strong. Happy to be back and looking fwd to really getting after it again.

  13. M/32y/178cm/80kg

    Being:
    800m run @4min/km
    1st AMRAP: no rower nearby platform in my gym, sub row= eliptical ;), subbed jerks with strict HSPU because of pain in elbow.
    10cal eli, 4 PC, 4 stHSPU. 2 rounds+ 3HSPU
    2nd AMRAP: 8 BB Thruster @ 20kg for wallballs. 3 rounds +4 HR push up
    3rd AMRAP: subbed Ringrows with feet elevated for C2B. 4rounds + 4ring rows
    4th AMRAP: rx’d 5+ 5 walk lunges
    800m @4min/km

    Running pace @ 90% of 6.sep

  14. Being
    Back squatted trying to get back into rhythm seem to have gone backwards massively with the loss of focus on the squat.

    800m – 2.51
    A. 4+1 cal
    B. 5 rounds
    C. 4+5 DU’s
    D. 5+5WL
    800m – 2.59 (cramped a little)

  15. Saturday’s tester:

    Best FS 175, felt light so went to 195 and failed, tried 190 and failed. I am confident I would have been at 185, which is my current max.

    Built up to 128 on good morning.

  16. M/33/5’8″/168#
    WILL
    AM – 12:20; avg 2:03/500m
    PM – UB, 20min EMOM

    Muscle-ups have come SO far in just 6wks following WILL.
    Elbow insertion points are very tight; need to do 2nd kip harder to assist getting out of bottom of the turnover/dip in the MUs
    HSPU were strict first 2rds, kipped second 2rds.

  17. F/40/5.6″/146
    Will

    AM

    Row 3k @Aer pace 14:40.3

    PM

    Emom 20 min –
    Min 1 – MU x 4 unbroken (I only have 6 MU to my name so I just did attempts and got 0. I did sub last round for strict pull-ups and perhaps should of done that for this training.
    Min 2 – AD 10 sec HARD (5 calories per round)
    Min 3 – HSPU x 8 (First time doing them to standard. These felt pretty good)
    Min 4 – TTB x 8 ( I’m getting way faster at these)
    Min 5 – Run 100m

  18. F30/5’7″/162

    SHE
    Row 5k @Aer effort
    – every 1k get off and complete 2 TGU/arm

    37 min, HR@ 65ish% throughout, 12kg KB
    I wasn’t sure about the aerobic effort, i figured this would be close..

  19. SHE
    5’2″, 117#, 36
    5k row, 2 TGUs/arm ever 1k
    35 min, 25# DB
    Kept my pace just under 2:20 most of the time on rower. TGUs helped a lot,breaking that up for me.

  20. Will 10/20/14

    AM

    Row 3k @Aer pace (11:58)

    PM

    Emom 20 min –
    Min 1 – MU x 4 unbroken (don’t have mu , I did 12 pull ups)
    Min 2 – AD 10 sec HARD ( change 20 sec row)
    Min 3 – HSPU x 8
    Min 4 – TTB x 8
    Min 5 – Run 100m

  21. Being
    M/220#/6’4″28yo

    800- 3:45
    3+2C&J
    4+3PSU
    3+3RD, limiter here were RD, really struggled w/these today.
    5 rds
    800- 4:04

  22. PC 34/5’4″/158 lbs
    “Being”

    1.) 3:05
    2.) 4+3 rounds Rx
    3.) 6 rounds Rx
    4.) 8 rounds Rx
    5.) 5+17 rounds Rx
    6.) 3:11

    Despite the variations in scores I felt as though I was moving at the same effort/pace level. The movements in some of the AMRAP’s are faster and easier for me than others. Excited with the 800m times. I am not a very strong distance runner…much better at short sprints.

  23. F/25/5’5″/133#
    Being

    1. 3:20
    2. 3 Rounds + 10 cal (rx)
    3. 5 Rounds + 20 reps (rx)
    4. 3 Rounds + 2 reps (rx) – The chest to bar really slowed me down. Need to improve on pull-ups/chest to bar.
    5. 5 Rounds
    6. Ran 1 mile with the class. 7:52

  24. Run 800m 90% aero
    (treadmill @ 16.1 km in 13:08)

    rest 2mins

    5mins amrap 90% effort
    10 cal row
    4 PC and jerk 155/95#
    (3 rounds @ 60kg)

    rest easy spin on AD 3mins

    5mins amrap 90% effort
    8 wall balls 20/14# 10′ target
    8 HR pushups
    8 situps
    (5 rounds)

    rest walk 3mins

    5mins 90% effort
    5 CTB chin ups
    5 ring dips
    20 DU
    (4 rounds – felt like I slowed right down)

    rest easy row 3mins

    5mins 90% effort
    10 walk lunges
    7 KBS 2/1.5pd russian
    5 box jump sd 24/20″
    (5 rounds)

    rest 2mins

    Run 800m 90% aero same pace as above
    (treadmill @ 16.1km mostly – 13:14)

  25. * Missed Saturdays workout due to work so started today with a 1RM front squat

    1RM Front Squat- 340#

    800m run- did not time
    1) 5 min AMRAP- 5 rounds
    2) 5 min AMRAP- 5 rounds + 2 reps
    3) 5 min AMRAP- 5 rounds + 5 reps
    4) 5 min AMRAP- 5 rounds
    800m run- did not time

  26. Being/F/28/135#

    Run 800m 90% aero 3:15

    rest 2mins

    5mins amrap 90% effort
    10 cal row
    4 PC and jerk 155/95#
    3 rounds + 8 reps
    rest easy spin on AD 3mins

    5mins amrap 90% effort
    8 wall balls 20/14# 10′ target
    8 HR pushups
    8 situps
    5 Rounds
    rest walk 3mins

    5mins 90% effort
    5 CTB chin ups
    5 ring dips
    20 DU
    5 Rounds
    rest easy row 3mins

    5mins 90% effort
    10 walk lunges
    7 KBS 2/1.5pd russian
    5 box jump sd 24/20″
    4 +10
    rest 2mins

    Run 800m 90% aero same pace as above 3:57

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