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Old 11-08-2007, 12:12 AM   #1
Matt Emery
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The Bear = Mental Challenge

I did "The Bear" for the first time last night. I've done quite a few of the WOD's as prescribed, but this one devastated me mentally, it's a deceptive workout to say the least.

For those unfamiliar with The Bear, it is as follows;

5 rounds of 7 sets of the sequence:
- Power Clean
- Front Squat
- Push Press
- Back Squat
- Push Press

Rest in between rounds, post loads (not time).

What sets this workout apart (in my opinion) is not being allowed to put the bar down! There were times during this workout where I wanted to break down at the sheer hopelessness of the situation and put the damn bar down, but alas, that would mean doing the round again.

The emotional journey of this workout went something like the following;

1st - 3rd sequence; nervous, apprehensive, scared.

3rd - 5th sequence; horrified.

6th sequence; hopelessness, devastation.

7th sequence; angry, aggressive, resolute.

At the end of the last couple of rounds I found myself throwing the bar down and swearing, loudly. During those rounds I would sit the bar on my traps for a rest and enter a zen like mind-space where I focused on breathing to overcome the pain.

Seriously, this workout is a mind*****. Kudos to whomever invented it
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:42 AM   #2
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

We did this bear variation the other day:

1. Fixed weight
2. 30 reps for time

Try that for a physical and mental challenge

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Old 11-08-2007, 05:53 AM   #3
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We did this bear variation the other day:

1. Fixed weight
2. 30 reps for time

Try that for a physical and mental challenge
Are your clients still alive? Or are they like me; rocking back and forth in the foetal position (sucking thumb) in the corner of the room, moaning incoherently about some Bear creature.
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:16 AM   #4
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

Pretty sure John Davies invented the bear (or at least invented calling that particular sequence of movements the bear). He had some good ideas as well as some that were a little out there.

And yes, it can be a mental beatdown. I believe he also invented (or coined the term or whatever) the 'man maker burpee', which is also a mental beatdown due to the length of each rep. 30 of those for time with 30-40lb dumbells get real sucky real fast.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:11 AM   #5
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

CrossFit Boston posted a "Bear" based workout earlier in the week and it was TOUGH.

5rds (or 20 minutes, whichever came first) of six "Bears" followed by max pullups.

I used only 95lbs and was just about crying like a schoolgirl. My pullups reps went to s**t quite quickly... and I got the five rounds in, but with only about 30 seconds to spare. If you're bored, give this one a shot... it was good.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

Yeah, I've always heard Bear credit goes to Coach Davies.

Some CF'rs posted variations of the Bear to be worked with pullups and/or sprints thrown in (for time of course). I was foolish enough to try some of them...
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:29 AM   #7
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

We ran the BEAR for our group class yesterday. We used 25% BW, and did three deadlift, the cleans, three thrusters per round, one round on the , minute for 20 minutes. It smoked our folks. They loved it. The BEAR is awesome, not matter what format or progression you use it.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:50 PM   #8
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

Complexes like the Bear have been around a long time, decades. I posted a workout nearly identical to the Bear in Crossfit back in August of 2003, I believe it was. Complexes are such an organic, natural progression for barbell based workouts that probably no one should could ever take credit for inventing them.
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Old 11-08-2007, 11:32 PM   #9
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

Complexes are such an organic, natural progression for barbell based workouts that probably no one should could ever take credit for inventing them

Couldn't agree more Lincoln. Well said.

Back on topic, all that **** is balls-out tough!
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:38 AM   #10
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Re: The Bear = Mental Challenge

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Complexes are such an organic, natural progression for barbell based workouts that probably no one should could ever take credit for inventing them.
Yeah. It's not like inventing the internet or anything...

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