We all know how bad stress is for us.  Mostly, we would probably say that it feels like our brain is going to explode, or that we are totally uneasy, or that there is a feeling of an elephant sitting on our chest.  We all experience stress and it really has become commonplace in our society.  The definition of stress isn't something you would probably think of:  a stimulus that invokes change.  This can be as simple as you are sitting outside in the sun and you get too hot and to cool yourself you get up and move into the shade, or when you are driving to work and there is an accident and you get irritated and start yelling because you are going to be late for work.  Or can be more obvious as you have been working out really hard and now you aren't hungry because your blood is being rerouted to fuel your muscles or you are being mugged and you are scared.  The reactions of your body, regardless of the situation, are all seen as the same thing.  Whether its physical, emotional or mental stress, your body is dealing with the "fight or flight" response which is a very primal response that physiologically is designed to protect you.  Of course, this wasn't an issue way back when.  You weren't put under life and death situation for hours every single day.  But today our body is dealing with stress almost 24/7.  This is where the effects of stress and the way your body responds will end up harming you.  The overexposure to stress forces your body to deal with fighting or fleeing which means that there is no repairing or recovery going on.  It's also very common to get sick during those time because your body's immune system is down since its more worried about transporting nutrients and getting the body ready to react.  It doesn't care that you have a trip planned.  It doesn't care if you have been taking all your vitamins.  It will never get to those things because they aren't taking precedent to survival.  As we get older, our bodies have been dealing with extra unneeded stress for many years.  They just aren't as forgiving anymore as a younger person.  So it's to our advantage to do everything we can to mitigate stress from our lives.  There are many ways to do it.  You have to find the ones that work for you.  Whether it's meditation, counseling, yoga, deep breathing, running, journaling, tai chi, massage, etc you need to find which ones work best for you and do them.  The more you can keep the stress at bay, the more your body will be able to take care of itself and be ready for whatever is coming your way!  :)

FEEL THE BURN!!! 

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INFERNO WARM UP X 2

Complete the following: 

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Technique Thursday

.......take 15 minutes to go over Ring Muscle Ups and Progressions for it (Strict low ring, working transitions, banded rings, Jumping rings, Feet on box, etc)

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then...

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For Time:  (12 min limit)

.......10 reps Burpee Box Jump Over

.......20 reps OHS (135/95, 45%RM, wt to get 25-30UB)

.......10 reps Burpees Box Jump Over

.......15 reps OHS (185/125, 60%1RM, wt to get 15-20UB)

.......10 reps Burpee Box Jump Over

.......10 reps OHS (225/155, 70%1RM, wt to get 10-13UB)

.......10 reps Burpee Box Jump Over

.......5 reps OHS (245/170, 80%1RM, wt to get 7-10UB)

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MWOD:    downward dog stretch for the shoulders, Sotz Press and KB external rotation