Mr Joshua

One of the hardest workouts that we do and, in my opinion, one of the hardest in the Hero lineup is one called Mr Joshua.  It is a Hero workout which means that it is in memorial to a fallen hero.  In this case:

SO1 Joshua Thomas Harris, 36, drowned during combat operations, August 30th 2008 in Afghanistan. He is survived by his parents Dr. Sam and Evelyn Harris, his brother Ranchor and twin sister Kiki.

Hero workouts create a mix of emotions.  I feel good honoring a fallen hero through my physical exertion, however, it makes it very clear to me that our freedom and the lifestyle we have here in the USA comes at a price.  Putting a name and a face on that stirs some emotions.  I am thankful for freedom and those who put themselves in harms way to preserve and protect all of us at home doing trivial stuff like working out in our garage.  Be thankful for what you have and those who have done their part to provide it for you. 

The workout looks like this:

"Mr. Joshua"

Five rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
30 Glute-ham sit-ups
250 pound Deadlift, 15 reps

Justin was the only one who did this at 250 lbs, AND he had a patient consultation DURING the workout...STUD!

I peeled it back to 215 and took it rather slowly this morning.  Yesterday, I aggravated my calf so I was taking precautions to keep from injuring it further.

There is nothing wrong with scaling back a workout, especially if it is obviously over your current fitness or strength level.  As we age, we have to train smarter rather than just training harder.  I know that is cliche, but it is a cliche that makes a ton of sense.  Everything we do in pursuit of fitness and health should not harm us.  If we hurt our back or something, our training will suffer.  If you are trying to get stronger or increase volume, do so slowly and be patient.  You will get there.