So……. I did the Sally Up Squat Challenge
Here’s how it came about.
Two days ago while scrolling through my home feed on a few of my instagram accounts to see what was going on in the world besides the government shut down, I ran across this squat challenge.
It seems that it’s a very well known workout in the crossfit culture so I thought, what the heck, “I’ll try it.” I’m not a crossfitter but I’ve worked out with several of them and have left them UNDER THE GYM FLOOR, so I figured, this workout couldn’t be that tough.
Well……. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE INCORRECT!!!
When the crossfit movement first started, there were QUITE HONESTLY, some very poor representatives of the movement (I still call it a movement and not a sport….sorry).
But there were a lot of poor representatives. The certifications were not that good, they did not have the relationship which they have now with USA Weightlifting, they did not have coaches like Coach Mike Burgener, the coaches did not have certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or USA Weightlifting. It was just all over the place. It just seemed like people were trying to string together a bunch of protocols and then keep adding to them and put them together without a great amount of thought or where or how these workouts fit within a quality strength training program.
Quite honestly, the first strength and conditioning coach which I hired and learned from, Juan Carlos Santana, had been doing this for years. I’ve personally seen him perform and provide me with protocols that would take even today’s modern crossfitter and put them between the floor cracks of the gym. But ALL workouts are not supposed to be hard.
All workouts are not supposed to be challenging.
TOUGH WORKOUTS ARE NOT NECESSARILY “GOOD WORKOUTS.
I’ve trained triathletes, Ironman finishers, marathon runners, Judo athletes, Mixed Martial Arts fighters, cardiac rehab patients and everything along the human spectrum and here’s what I know, overtraining is real, overuse injuries are real, and having a quality training is important.
Crossfit is great.
Quite honestly, I shop at Ross, Target and Walmart too.
I get great deals there for my money. I can get a lot of stuff on the cheap. But, if I’m going to the White House To Meet The President Of The United States, I’m not going to get my suit from Walmart, Sears or Ross.
I’m going to get it custom-made and tailor-made. Probably from some store which you have never heard of but from one of the best.
I don’t have a Crossfit Gym. I have a Gym, where I have stability balls, bands, dumbbells and a nice facility and a sharp mind based upon years of experience.
Crossfit is not good or bad. It’s not about cross fit. It has and will always be about the teacher, the coach, the trainer or the educator. Not having quality instruction, know-how, and leadership inside of the training environment is crucial.
Now with that being said……….
I saw the Bring Sally Up Squat Challenge on the Internet and I saw many people try it and fail.
As a matter of fact, I saw some people fall down from trying it, underneath the weight. Which is beyond silly because that lets me know that they were trying to attempt a workout for which they were not properly prepared for, but…… that neither here nor there.
I tried the Squat Challenge.
I watched it.
I downloaded the music.
I walked in the gym.
Put the plates on the bar.
And just did it.
And I will tell you this…….
I have a torn ACL, a 2nd degree tear in my LCL in my left knee. I need to have surgery. And it wasn’t the smartest thing that I’ve done but…. I dig a challenge.
Here it is…. I’m just sharing. Sorry for rambling.
Have a great day…….
Sally Up Squat Challenge
Rhadi Ferguson, PhD, CSCS
4-Time National Judo Champion
BJJ Black Belt
“Top 100 Trainers In MMA” – 2013 UFC-fit Magazine