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4/5 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere elseβ€”if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing." "A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland  It's easy to look around and see that everyone is still equally far ahead of your current best effort, even though you've done the head down eyes forward thing and did your best. But we must also realise that we aren't living in a vacuum, and everyone else is also working as hard, if not harder.  That is how iron sharpens iron on a massive scale, and every year, the @crossfitgames Open makes us realise this πŸ’™  #findjoy #intheopen #iamopex #forgedinTP
4/5 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere elseβ€”if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing." "A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland It's easy to look around and see that everyone is still equally far ahead of your current best effort, even though you've done the head down eyes forward thing and did your best. But we must also realise that we aren't living in a vacuum, and everyone else is also working as hard, if not harder. That is how iron sharpens iron on a massive scale, and every year, the @crossfitgames Open makes us realise this πŸ’™ #findjoy  #intheopen  #iamopex  #forgedinTP 
Broke 3 national records as I turned 26 today- first with a 117kg snatch, then a 120kg snatch to break the one before, then a buzzer-beater 145kg clean and jerk (I missed the first 2) to seal a 265kg total in the record books!  All this after also setting a new PR on 17.4 yesterday!  Thank you @crossfittanjongpagar for staying past your mealtime and keeping the hanger at bay. I would tag your names but my posts are long enough and you know the deep love I have for you.  Thank you Cheah family for coming down to watch what I do. You guys have behind me since before I knew what weightlifting was, and to have you witness this is my way of saying thank you.  Thank you @adelestanley for being my masseuse, pillar and dinner date ❀ I love you immensely, thank you for being here today!  @jamestayloropex and all the folks at @opexfitness, this one also goes out to you! Thank you for building me up ❀  @buffalochua you laid the foundation; this belongs to you as well! I knew you'd let me win this time πŸ˜‰  If this is the start of my 26th year on earth, I think I might like being 26. To God be the glory, the best is yet to be β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’› #findjoy #themightytights #weightlifting #snatch #iamopex #forgedinTP #cleanandjerk #oly
Broke 3 national records as I turned 26 today- first with a 117kg snatch, then a 120kg snatch to break the one before, then a buzzer-beater 145kg clean and jerk (I missed the first 2) to seal a 265kg total in the record books! All this after also setting a new PR on 17.4 yesterday! Thank you @crossfittanjongpagar for staying past your mealtime and keeping the hanger at bay. I would tag your names but my posts are long enough and you know the deep love I have for you. Thank you Cheah family for coming down to watch what I do. You guys have behind me since before I knew what weightlifting was, and to have you witness this is my way of saying thank you. Thank you @adelestanley for being my masseuse, pillar and dinner date ❀ I love you immensely, thank you for being here today! @jamestayloropex and all the folks at @opexfitness, this one also goes out to you! Thank you for building me up ❀ @buffalochua you laid the foundation; this belongs to you as well! I knew you'd let me win this time πŸ˜‰ If this is the start of my 26th year on earth, I think I might like being 26. To God be the glory, the best is yet to be β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’› #findjoy  #themightytights  #weightlifting  #snatch  #iamopex  #forgedinTP  #cleanandjerk  #oly 
3/5  Well that was exciting! πŸŽ‰πŸ™πŸ˜›πŸ˜› For the first time, the CrossFit Open is building up to be an experience that transcends my individual performance- maybe I'm growing up (?) #findjoy #intheopen #iamopex #forgedinTP
3/5 Well that was exciting! πŸŽ‰πŸ™πŸ˜›πŸ˜› For the first time, the CrossFit Open is building up to be an experience that transcends my individual performance- maybe I'm growing up (?) #findjoy  #intheopen  #iamopex  #forgedinTP 
Got blindsided by @adelestanley last night who (in addition to showing up looking like a goddess) surprised me with tickets to Hans Zimmer versus John Williams-- probably the music geek event of the year involving a symphony orchestra going at it with works of the two composers 😍  I am that guy who knows the names of the orchestral pieces in Gladiator, enjoyed Batman vs Superman for the leitmotifs of the characters and who trains while listening to the orchestral soundtracks of The Dark Knight, Gladiator and Jurassic Park. #truestory  Thank you, thank you, thank you!! ❀❀ #keeper
Got blindsided by @adelestanley last night who (in addition to showing up looking like a goddess) surprised me with tickets to Hans Zimmer versus John Williams-- probably the music geek event of the year involving a symphony orchestra going at it with works of the two composers 😍 I am that guy who knows the names of the orchestral pieces in Gladiator, enjoyed Batman vs Superman for the leitmotifs of the characters and who trains while listening to the orchestral soundtracks of The Dark Knight, Gladiator and Jurassic Park. #truestory  Thank you, thank you, thank you!! ❀❀ #keeper 
When the 17.3 announcement came through yesterday, I don't think you could find a happier person in the gym. πŸ™‹  As the day progressed however, my joy turned outward for all the athletes who've been faithfully following the programming in the barbell class. I saw flawless technique under fatigue, the ability to pace and know when their bodies were ready to lift and faith that their ingrained movement could handle weights previously untested.  I saw in others the joy I once had and still continue to experience when the certainty of consistent work gives way to an unsurprising result, surprising as it may have been. I saw relief as weaknesses turned to strength. I saw others turn into coaches for others, with intelligent cues born from attention to present failure.  Things don't happen overnight. My biggest celebration this weekend is for the few who have persevered through weeks, months and years of frustration, enduring my (sometimes painfully harsh) correction and staying on this road. You are conquerors and this test is one you crushed a long time ago.  #intheopen #crossfit #findjoy #weightlifting #snatch πŸ“·: @hookgripdreams
When the 17.3 announcement came through yesterday, I don't think you could find a happier person in the gym. πŸ™‹ As the day progressed however, my joy turned outward for all the athletes who've been faithfully following the programming in the barbell class. I saw flawless technique under fatigue, the ability to pace and know when their bodies were ready to lift and faith that their ingrained movement could handle weights previously untested. I saw in others the joy I once had and still continue to experience when the certainty of consistent work gives way to an unsurprising result, surprising as it may have been. I saw relief as weaknesses turned to strength. I saw others turn into coaches for others, with intelligent cues born from attention to present failure. Things don't happen overnight. My biggest celebration this weekend is for the few who have persevered through weeks, months and years of frustration, enduring my (sometimes painfully harsh) correction and staying on this road. You are conquerors and this test is one you crushed a long time ago. #intheopen  #crossfit  #findjoy  #weightlifting  #snatch  πŸ“·: @hookgripdreams
150kg / 154kg  Finally hit the 150kg clean, equalling the national U94kg Clean and Jerk record and had a little conversation at the bottom with the 154kg before it had the last word.  Another one of those life goal moments, on the hunt for more! πŸ™πŸŽ‰ #forgedinTP #iamopex #themightytights #lululemonsg #clean #oly #weightlifting  Many many thanks @jamestayloropex @darylcz @dyl.goddard @hookgripdreams @jordan.fitzharris @bluey_23 @stuartdiplock
150kg / 154kg Finally hit the 150kg clean, equalling the national U94kg Clean and Jerk record and had a little conversation at the bottom with the 154kg before it had the last word. Another one of those life goal moments, on the hunt for more! πŸ™πŸŽ‰ #forgedinTP  #iamopex  #themightytights  #lululemonsg  #clean  #oly  #weightlifting  Many many thanks @jamestayloropex @darylcz @dyl.goddard @hookgripdreams @jordan.fitzharris @bluey_23 @stuartdiplock
2/5  Remember your Why, remember your Reason. It's easy to see beyond your own journey but you have to stay in your lane.  #findjoy #intheopen #iamopex #forgedinTP
Fun little power or nah with @dyl.goddard who voted a solid thumbs down πŸ‘Žon my last attempt at a power snatch at 107kg. (snatch felt great though 🚬) Went 97-102-105kg (PR) in the build before so I'm pretty happy nonetheless!  #iamopex #opexfit #weightlifting #oly #snatch #themightytights #forgedinTP
Hit a 160kg Front Squat PR today, something I didn't expect after also going faster on 17.1 yesterday! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜› Another one of those probably-in-the-distant-future milestones coming to life now and I couldn't be happier.  #opexfit #iamopex #opexprclub #forgedinTP #squat
Hit a 160kg Front Squat PR today, something I didn't expect after also going faster on 17.1 yesterday! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜› Another one of those probably-in-the-distant-future milestones coming to life now and I couldn't be happier. #opexfit  #iamopex  #opexprclub  #forgedinTP  #squat 
1/5 Make the voices in your head echo the voices around you.  The CrossFit Open has reminded me once again that the most critical opinion lies between your ears. But I have also been blessed with the most amazing team who also reminds me that we fight the biggest battles against ourselves, sometimes unnecessarily. I shaved off a whole minute from my time on Friday, and I don't think I could have asked for more πŸ’™  #findjoy #intheopen #iamopex #forgedinTP
1/5 Make the voices in your head echo the voices around you. The CrossFit Open has reminded me once again that the most critical opinion lies between your ears. But I have also been blessed with the most amazing team who also reminds me that we fight the biggest battles against ourselves, sometimes unnecessarily. I shaved off a whole minute from my time on Friday, and I don't think I could have asked for more πŸ’™ #findjoy  #intheopen  #iamopex  #forgedinTP 
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-5  The CrossFit Open begins tomorrow, and there is nothing more I can add to this pile of firewood.  It is time to light the fire.  #findjoy #intheopen #iamopex #forgedinTP πŸ“·: @hookgripdreams
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-5 The CrossFit Open begins tomorrow, and there is nothing more I can add to this pile of firewood. It is time to light the fire. #findjoy  #intheopen  #iamopex  #forgedinTP  πŸ“·: @hookgripdreams
#bucketlist 100kg Power Snatch for a Touch and Go triple PR πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ This is one of those lifts you don't even dream about when you start (I couldn't front squat 100kg for a triple in late 2013), and if you scroll down this feed you can see the joy when I snatched my first 100kg in a messy squat in December 2014.  It's easy to look at videos of people lifting now and say "Oh I'll never be able to do that, I'm not even going to start."- but no one's asking you to start snatching 100 for a triple. What we should be after on day 1 is the answer to how can I come back stronger for day 2, then day 3, then in time, day 1,287.  Find a little goal, then make it a bit bigger. Very soon, you've got a mountain out of your molehill and the sky is the limit.  #forgedinTP #themightytights #snatch #opexfit #iamopex #opexprclub #intheopen #crossfit #oly
#bucketlist  100kg Power Snatch for a Touch and Go triple PR πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ This is one of those lifts you don't even dream about when you start (I couldn't front squat 100kg for a triple in late 2013), and if you scroll down this feed you can see the joy when I snatched my first 100kg in a messy squat in December 2014. It's easy to look at videos of people lifting now and say "Oh I'll never be able to do that, I'm not even going to start."- but no one's asking you to start snatching 100 for a triple. What we should be after on day 1 is the answer to how can I come back stronger for day 2, then day 3, then in time, day 1,287. Find a little goal, then make it a bit bigger. Very soon, you've got a mountain out of your molehill and the sky is the limit. #forgedinTP  #themightytights  #snatch  #opexfit  #iamopex  #opexprclub  #intheopen  #crossfit  #oly 
"The OPEX crew is on now!" quipped @hookgripdreams as she slid past @nazhariaschifra and I warming up today.  Training with someone else on an individual program is perhaps one of the most rewarding things because you see them attack what they need to improve in a linear, progressive way and not pull things out of a hat. You see very tangible progress and on days like today, you celebrate that together.  I've been working on barbell cycling alongside my absolute strength numbers and today I hit a 175kg back squat with a 3 second descent, just 7kg off my max. On Monday I managed to string together 5 power snatches at 90kg, or my 1 rep max power snatch at the start of this cycle 10 months ago. I then sat back and watched Naz bawl her eyes out as she hit her monstrous clean PR. Thank you for doing what you do @jamestayloropex @opexfitness  What a time for this harvest! T-6 days to the #crossfitopen  #iamopex #opexfit #OPEXPRCLUB #snatch #squat #themightytights #asiachampionships  #forgedinTP #findjoy #intheopen
"The OPEX crew is on now!" quipped @hookgripdreams as she slid past @nazhariaschifra and I warming up today. Training with someone else on an individual program is perhaps one of the most rewarding things because you see them attack what they need to improve in a linear, progressive way and not pull things out of a hat. You see very tangible progress and on days like today, you celebrate that together. I've been working on barbell cycling alongside my absolute strength numbers and today I hit a 175kg back squat with a 3 second descent, just 7kg off my max. On Monday I managed to string together 5 power snatches at 90kg, or my 1 rep max power snatch at the start of this cycle 10 months ago. I then sat back and watched Naz bawl her eyes out as she hit her monstrous clean PR. Thank you for doing what you do @jamestayloropex @opexfitness What a time for this harvest! T-6 days to the #crossfitopen  #iamopex  #opexfit  #OPEXPRCLUB  #snatch  #squat  #themightytights  #asiachampionships  #forgedinTP  #findjoy  #intheopen 
Touch and go power cleans with some of the best company @dyl.goddard @stuartdiplock πŸš΄πŸ»πŸ‹πŸ»@darylcz I love you also but you need to sort out your medicine schedule πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» The CrossFit Open begins next week! Who do you have in your corner?  #forgedinTP #asiachampionships #opexfit #iamopex #themightytights #crossfit #intheopen
"I think we'll be really good friends." #understatement #valentines πŸ‘«: @thesamwillows πŸ˜‰
On the left: 172kg back squat PR attempt, 26/06/16 On the right: 172kg back squat, 30X1 tempo, 10/02/17 😌 @opexfitness @jamestayloropex @crossfittanjongpagar  #forgedinTP #iamopex #opexfit #squat
On the left: 172kg back squat PR attempt, 26/06/16 On the right: 172kg back squat, 30X1 tempo, 10/02/17 😌 @opexfitness @jamestayloropex @crossfittanjongpagar #forgedinTP  #iamopex  #opexfit  #squat 
One of the sweetest revelations over this year of training is how much my barbell efficiency has increased from all the posterior chain strengthening and single leg work we've been doing in training. All the basic, structural work has translated into stronger parts of a better whole.  I've been seeing increases in absolute power in my snatches and cleans for a single repetition recently, but today's session called for a 5 rep touch and go power clean. I built up to 110kg (shown here) and stopped with more in the tank because I have a stupid flu and because this is what I used to power clean for 2 single reps before losing power in the drive.  Don't shy away from accessory work and the boring tempo/stay-activated easy movements. Flour, eggs, milk and butter are boring by themselves but take one out and you get substandard pancakes. ☝️ #wisdom #opexfit #iamopex #forgedinTP #oly #clean @opexfitness
One of the sweetest revelations over this year of training is how much my barbell efficiency has increased from all the posterior chain strengthening and single leg work we've been doing in training. All the basic, structural work has translated into stronger parts of a better whole. I've been seeing increases in absolute power in my snatches and cleans for a single repetition recently, but today's session called for a 5 rep touch and go power clean. I built up to 110kg (shown here) and stopped with more in the tank because I have a stupid flu and because this is what I used to power clean for 2 single reps before losing power in the drive. Don't shy away from accessory work and the boring tempo/stay-activated easy movements. Flour, eggs, milk and butter are boring by themselves but take one out and you get substandard pancakes. ☝️ #wisdom  #opexfit  #iamopex  #forgedinTP  #oly  #clean  @opexfitness