Sorry for the late post, kids. Long trip back from Providence, which will now be known as the place where the greatest Training Camp picture in history was taken. Our inspiration was the word creepy—I think we interpreted it pretty well:
I know this may make hurt some of your inside feelings, but I’ve always been more proud of Jason Hoggan than anyone I’ve ever coached. I have seen him go through a lot of stuff in the time I’ve known him, and he’s always been one of the nicest, most positive and most helpful people I’ve ever met no matter how things were going in his life. I’ve also, since the first time I saw him work out, always thought he should be able to earn a trip to the Games. The problem has been that he has one of the most ridiculous schedules I’ve ever seen. When I say ridiculous, I’m not exaggerating; last year he was a single father of a 4 year old daughter, active duty Air Force, and in his 3rd year of law school. He worked out on his lunch breaks, usually only 3 or 4 days a week for a half hour, and STILL finished 12th at Regionals after placing 54th in the world during the 2011 Open. After separating from the Air Force, he moved to Texas to be closer to his parents and to finish law school. Before he moved we had quite a few talks about how this would be the year he could finally dedicate the time to his training he had always wanted and needed to, in order to garner a trip to the Home Depot Center.
Jason has always been the fastest guy in any workout and has a nearly inhuman level motor. He’s the guy that’s still going while everyone else is gasping for air. The only problem was he never had the time to devote to high-skill movements and if Muscle-Up or HSPU came out, he was most certainly going to stumble. When we were at the 2010 Regionals, which was when he was probably the most prepared in my opinion, the first WOD was a couplet including 15 Muscle-Ups. He did rounds of 5 and 4 easily and unbroken, and after missing his first attempt on the round of 3 proceeded to continue to miss as almost everyone in the heat passed him before he finally finished and settled for 48th place on the WOD. To add insult to injury, Jason proceeded to beat 2010 Games Champion Graham Holmberg, Ben Smith AND Dan Bailey on two of the final four workouts and battle all the way back to a 13th place finish.
This year, at his new affiliate home CrossFit Heath, he’s been able to allow himself the time and focus he’s always needed to progress in the sport. When 12.4 came out I winced a little at the number of Muscle-Ups, knowing that anywhere past 10 is where Jason used to break down. I was nervous all day knowing that Jason would be doing 12.4 in the afternoon, and I finally convinced myself to just not expect anything. When he texted me and told me he missed his last two attempts I panicked a little thinking that when he misses, it’s usually a bad sign. He told me to guess how many reps he got, so trying to be positive I texted back “28?”. When he responded, “Yeah, I really wanted all 30”, I almost jumped out of the car at 70 mph and high-fived a tractor trailer. This is an athlete who I had to slow down to a 12 plus minute “Amanda” at the 2011 Regional, because I did not want him to have the embarrassment of DNFing a WOD at Regionals.
Jason’s 268 reps were the most by any Outlaw on 12.4, and moved him up to 27th place in the world. His 1st and 2nd place finishes on the last 2 WODs in the South Central Region have verified that he is finally on track to crushing any weakness in his rapidly improving skill set.
And to add a wonderful finish to Jason’s most excellent weekend; this came out on Sunday:
What a great tribute to one of the best athletes and best dudes I’ve ever encountered.
We will be testing Back Squats this Wednesday. Be prepared.
1) 5X3 Snatch @ 70-80% – rest 90 sec.
Notes: Begin at 70% and increase to 80% throughout sets if technique is perfect. DO NOT go past 80% and do not add to 70% if technique is not perfect.
2a) 4X4 Snatch Pulls – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec. DEMO VIDEO
2b) 4X3 Tempo High-Bar Back Squat @ 70% – rest 60 sec.
Notes: Quick descent, 5 counts (seconds) in the rock bottom, bounce and quick back up.
Burpee Box Jumps 30/26″
Notes: HSPU should be performed with hands on full size bumper plates (45# for males/25# for females) with an ab-mat between the plates. Kipping is allowed.