I faced the bear complex Thursday morning.
No, not that one. This one:
Although it was almost just as bad.
1 bear complex
25 box jumps
2 BC, 25 BJ
3 BC, 25 BJ
4 BC, 25 BJ
5 BC, 25 BJ
We were supposed to do this before the WOD:
Instead, we spent the time figuring out what weight to use for the WOD. If you watched the video above, you know that 1 bear complex is a set of 7 reps of the entire progression: deadlift/clean/thruster or front squat & push press/back squat and push press to ground.
I tried out 55#, and that was too easy. Then I tried 65#, and I struggled to press the weight from my back. So I settled on 60#. It was challenging, and I could do more than 1. Many of the girls used just the bar. I wanted to push myself.
There’s a reason it’s named the bear complex. My progression was squat clean to thruster to back squat to thruster and down. I jumped on the box every time, and I felt more confident when I did it.
But the bear complex is an ugly beast. Zach wasn’t there, and I heard much grousing around me (because I guess they thought they could get away with it). A girl in front of me nearly threw up. During my second round, I felt like I would never finish, and it was annoying me. I asked Jeff where we were at for time, just so I would know how long it was taking me. He told me to think of the WOD as more of a strength exercise, and I relaxed. I focused on deep squats and extending my arms all the way at the top. I minimized rests as much as possible. I wanted to get as far as I could before time was called.
Jeff cut us off after 15 minutes. I finished 2 rounds + 6 box jumps @ 60#.
Damn that bear.