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Mel's Beast Mode + Weekend Schedule Reminder

Just a reminder that this weekend's schedule is back to normal.

Saturday

10 am (mobility/make-up workout)

 

Sunday

12 noon (team workout)

1 pm (babies)


If you notice the sidebar, Mel, our favorite fan from North Carolina, recently achieved a longtime goal of completing every CrossFit.com Hero workout. Here are the highlights from his final one last week.

Last Hero WOD (Hollywood) 2017 from Mel on Vimeo.

Great job Mel Man!

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Reader Comments (6)

Mel, you're an animal. Nice work, buddy!

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabal

What a beast Mel! Way to go!

May 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKShakes

In regards to the thing about muscle-ups, it looks like your rings are set very far apart. I know they're pretty wide in the Olympics, but maybe if there was a way you could set them up closer together it would help.

May 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterChris Sinagoga

What was your schedule like for doing hero WODs? Did you do them a certain day of each week for the past 5 years?

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSabal

Thanks everyone, really appreciate the support!

Chris - re: muscle-ups. Not sure about the width, but my rings are set a little low so I don't crash into the deck when I press out. Because of that, I'm not able to get a huge backswing on the kip, and therefore, I've always done muscle-ups with false grip. But I have trouble staying in false grip to full extension. I'm rethinking this though - wondering if I can just learn how to do non-false grip MUs with the current setup.

Sabal - I just started picking them off one-by-one, usually on Fridays (I started "Hero Friday" well before Castro) - but sometimes multiple Heroes in a week, or taking a Friday off if I felt beat up during the week - and then trying to make sure I kept up with new ones. I averaged about 30 per year during the 5 years, whereas HQ was posting about 20 new ones per year.

I was very close to completion in 2015 when I tore my biceps tendon. At that point, I was not sure I would be able to complete the goal. A number of little injuries throughout 2016 didn't help.

But in October 2016, I was feeling pretty much healed up, with the exception of a lagging shoulder tweak. I did Clovis - the longest, at 2+ hrs - Oct. 27, and I implemented extra bench press work that fall so that I could complete T.J. (Dec 2). Those were the last two where I had uncertainty about finishing, so knocking them off was great for my motivation.

Coming into 2017, Hollywood was the only one left. I needed to get through my hernia surgery in January and subsequent recovery, and I figured the down time would give the shoulder extra time to heal as well - allowing me to do the MUs in Hollywood.

May 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMel

love this, love love it Mel

May 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFaust

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