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Friday 3/5/21

Friday 3/5/21

Barbell Cycling
On the 1:30 x 6 Sets:
9 Deadlifts
6 Hang Power Cleans
3 Push Jerks

“One at a Time”
For Time:
30 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)
30 Power Clean & Jerks (135/95)
30 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)

Rx+: 155/105
Novice: 45/30

“Roses that are left unpruned can become a tangled mess of old and new canes, all competing for air and light.” – Elizabeth Roth

As the rose bush grows, it creates more buds that it can maintain. It doesn’t grow like a tree, as it’s physical size is limited, but the buds keep on coming. And if we don’t trim the buds down… the whole bush can exhaust itself and die.

Ideas are like rose buds. They constantly need to be “pruned” or trimmed. If we don’t trim our ideas, just like the rose bush, we can overwhelm ourselves.

Growth ideas are natural and it’s completely normal (and a very good thing) for new ones to come on a daily basis. But if we want to reach our full potential, it will require the pruning, trimming, and critical look on what needs to stay… and what needs to go.

Thursday 3/4/21

Thursday 3/4/21

500m Row (1,000 Meter or .6 Mile Bike)
50 AbMat Sit-ups
30 Russian Kettlebell Swings (70/53)

Intermediate: 53/35
Novice: 35/25

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible to your approach.” – Tony Robbins

We can’t always see what is ahead on the windy road. We don’t know if there will be a lightning storm, a massive oak tree blocking us, or maybe it’s road construction pushing a lengthy detour. All of which can cause a change in our planned arrival time.

Direction without flexibility is a recipe for disaster, trying forcing a path that may not be possible. Yet flexibility without direction is just as harmful, living like a leaf blowing in the wind.

It’s not a matter of if, but when, we hit the roadblock and will need to adjust our route. But the destination does not change. Dedicated to the “what” we’re after, but flexible in the how.

Wednesday 3/3/21

Wednesday 3/3/21

“Whatever’s Left”
Buy-In: 500/400 Meter Row
Max Rounds With Time Remaining:
12 Thrusters (95/65)
12 Toes to Bar

Rest 5 Minutes

Buy-In: 500/400 Meter Row
Max Rounds With Time Remaining:
9 Thrusters (115/85)
9 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Rest 5 Minutes

Buy-In: 500/400 Meter Row
Max Rounds With Time Remaining:
6 Thrusters (135/95)
6 Bar Muscle-ups

Intermediate: 65/45, 95/65, 115/85
Novice: 35/25, 55/35, 65/45

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”” – George Lorimer

“Win the morning, win the day” is something we’ve all heard once or twice before.

It’s less however about winning the morning, and more about establishing the right habits. The most successful in life routinely draw back to a core staple of set daily habits.

Write a short list of healthy habits you believe push you forward. It could be reading, journaling, “no phone hours”, or anything in between. Where consistency is king, discipline is freedom.

Tuesday 3/2/21

Tuesday 3/2/21

“Single All the Way”
20 Single Dumbbell Alternating Power Snatches (50/35)
20 Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)
20 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean & Jerks (50/35)
20/14 Calorie Row/Bike

Intermediate: 40/30
Novice: 30/25

“I would rather die of passion than boredom.” – Vincent Van Gogh

There are times in our lives, whether it be during training, at work, or at home, where we question the choices we’ve made. They arrive shortly after we make an important decision. A form of “buyers remorse”, where we wonder if we’re on the right path. As humans, that’s what is safe to us, and we seek it out… knowing with certainty, in uncertain times, that we’re on the best path forward.

But… do we really?

Think back to a moment of uncertainty. Think of the first day we first talked to our significant other. The first time we went on a roller coaster ride. The first time we walked into a CrossFit gym.

Uncertainty makes us feel alive. Those moments are etched into us forever, and are some of our fondest memories. If everything was known, expected, and pre-determined, life would be so horribly boring. It wouldn’t be a life at all. Where others may run from uncertainty, let’s embrace it for what it is, and create the life of memories we’ll look back on with pride.

Monday 3/1/21

Monday 3/1/21

6 Rounds For Time:
45 Double Unders
30 Air Squats
15/12 Calorie Row

Time Remaining:
Build to Heavy 3-Rep Front Squat

“Hope and despair are both self-fulfilling prophecies.” – Ernest Hemingway

If you are in the market for a blue Honda, all you see on the road are blue Hondas. It’s as if they are seemingly everywhere. In every intersection, passing us on the highway, and at the gas station.

Yet, they were there the whole time. We as humans have what’s called the “Reticular Activation System”, which helps us see more of what we’re actively thinking about.

It’s actually a survival mechanism. If we needed to look for food because we were about to starve, we prime our senses to find it. Or if danger was close by in the form of a man-eating predator, we’d prioritize our senses to be very aware of where the threat was, or where it could be hiding. It’s an incredible level of focus that we don’t realize we’re using, bringing what is on our subconscious mind into the conscious world.

Are we focused on what might go wrong?
Or are we focused on what will make it go right?

Sunday 2/28/21

Sunday 2/28/21

“Forty Five”
EMOM x 40 (5 Rounds):
Minutes 1-2: Row or Bike Meters
Minute 3: Strict Press (45/35)
Minute 4: Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45/35)
Minute 5-6: Row or Bike Meters
Minute 7: Side Plank (Right)
Minute 8: Side Plank (Left)

“How much do you care about getting better?”

Sounds like a silly question, but most don’t think about this.
When we are truly care about getting better, our view on things change. We see events as means to grow… truly chances to improve ourselves. The opposite is when we view everything as a test.
When we nd ourselves comparing against others, stuck on the thought of viewing “X” as a measuring stick against our goals, remind ourselves of this question. How much do we care about getting better?

Saturday 2/27/21

Saturday 2/27/21

200 Meter Row (400 Meter Bike)
7 Power Cleans (115/85)
7 Burpees

Intermediate: 95/65
Novice: 65/45

“What you resist, persists.”

What would you think about if I told you to not think of a pink giraffe?
The same effect takes place if I tell you “don’t slow down” as you start your final 400 meter run in a workout. Our minds don’t operate well when we focus on what “not to do”. Instead of focusing on what not to do, let’s focus on what to do.
Let’s turn “don’t slow down” on that last 400m run into “I can hold this pace”. Transition “don’t eat those cookies”, “let’s go snack on some celery”.
If our thoughts become words, and those words become actions, we’re going to get what we focus on.
So let’s choose wisely.

Friday 2/26/21

Friday 2/26/21

Snatch Technique
On the Minute x 10:
1 Snatch Deadlift
1 Hang High Pull
1 Hang Power Snatch
1 Power Snatch
1 Overhead Squat

“What’s Up?”
3 Squat Snatches (95/65)
3 Toes to Bar
6 Squat Snatches (95/65)
6 Toes to Bar
9 Squat Snatches (95/65)
9 Toes to Bar

Add 3 Reps Per Round

Intermediate: 65/45
Novice: 45/25

“As I walked through the door to my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind… I would still be in prison.” Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
He had no bed.
He was routinely put in solitary confinement, with no end in sight.
He at one point was thrown into an empty grave, where he was sure he was about to be killed. But instead, he was urinated on by the prison guards for their humor.
What he went through is something no human being should ever have to endure.
Yet, to his inauguration ceremony as president of South Africa, he invited one of his former jailers. On another occasion, he invited out to lunch the man who tried to get him sentenced to death (instead of prison). And on his 20th anniversary of his release, Nelson invited a third jailor to dinner with his wife.
When asked why he would do this, why he would invite the very same people that tried to make his life miserable, he replied: “If I did not… I would still be in prison.”

Thursday 2/25/21

Thursday 2/25/21

“Snake Eyes”
10 Rounds For Time [30 Minute Cap]:
10 Dumbbell Renegade Rows (50’s/35’s)
30 Double Unders
250/200 Meter Row (500m Bike)

Intermediate: 40/30
Novice: 30/20

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.” – Reba McEntire

As we start our day, let’s think about these three.
Wishbone – Nothing is too great, or out of reach. Faith and doubt are both self-fulling prophecies.
Backbone – The unbreakable will to give our best, regardless of the circumstances. Through the lens of the growth-mindset, every outcome is an opportunity to become better.
Funnybone – We do life for one reason: to enjoy it. If we aren’t enjoying what we’re doing, we need to find something else. As Oscar Wilde writes, “Life is too short to take things seriously.” Let’s enjoy the ride.

Wednesday 2/24/21

Wednesday 2/24/21

“Wise Men” [On the 0:00]
3 Power Cleans (95/65)
3 Front Squats (95/65)
3 Push Jerks (95/65)

Rest 3 Minutes

3 Power Cleans (135/95)
3 Front Squats (135/95)
3 Push Jerks (135/95)

Rest 3 Minutes

3 Power Cleans (155/105)
3 Front Squats (155/105)
3 Push Jerks (155/105)

Rx+: 135/95, 155/105, 185/135
Intermediate: 75/55, 95/65, 115/85
Novice: 55/35, 65/45, 75/55

Barbell Complex [On the 20:00]
7 Minutes to Build to a Heavy Complex:
1 Power Clean
3 Front Squats
1 Shoulder to Overhead

“Head, Heart, Hands.” – Jim Kwik

Every action originates as a thought in our head. But from there, thoughts of course don’t just materialize into existence in front of us. It doesn’t go “head to hands”. There’s a step between that decides if it’s going to actually happen: heart.
It’s the emotional connection. Our level of buy-in. We could have the most grandiose plan of all time, but if we aren’t bought in with our heart in full… we know it will never work.
It’s less about what we’re doing, and more about why we’re doing it. Our success is less about “which path”, and more about the level of commitment we bring to it.
As we move through our day, let’s consider this concept of Head, Heart, Hands. If we nd ourselves struggling with something… a specific career, a relationship, a lifestyle… what is causing it? Are we bought in?
Head, Heart, Hands.
Our reasons are what will reap our results.

Tuesday 2/23/21

Tuesday 2/23/21

Burpee Cycling [On the 0:00]
For Time:
50 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)

“Pull It Together” [On the 7:00]
600/500 Meter Row
9 Deadlifts (275/185)
12 Single Dumbbell Burpee Box Step-Overs (24″/20″) (50/35)

Intermediate: DL 205/145, DB (40/30)
Novice: DL 135/95, DB (30/20)

“Trade your expectation for appreciation, and the world changes around you” – Tony Robbins

Routines and habits become part of the norm. Morning coffee, listening to the radio, the drive to the field taking the kids to practice. We appreciate healthy habits, and let’s continue to reinforce them.
There is however much to be said about taking a pause to our routine, to appreciate the fortune in our lives. The absolute abundance we are so lucky to have.
In a world where comforts are the “norm”, we want to consciously remind ourselves how good our lives are.
The thought of losing those precious parts of our day is a sobering one. But despite it being a morbid thought, we will. There will be a final cup of morning coffee for us. There will be the last chance for us to listen to the radio. And if we are lucky enough to have kids, there will be a last time we get to wait in traffic as we drive them to soccer practice.
As Tony Robbins quotes, if we can remove expectations from the norm, and replace them with a sense of gratitude, our entire world changes.

Monday 2/22/21

Monday 2/22/21

For Time:
Buy-In: 1000/800 Meter Row

Directly Into…

Kettlebell Swings (53/35)
Thrusters (75/55)

Intermediate: KBS 45/30, Thrusters (55/35)
Novice: KBS 30/20, Thrusters (35/25)

“You make a living with what you get. You make a life with what you give.” – Winston Churchill

Think back to a time in your life when you came in clutch for someone. One where your actions made a significant impact on someone’s life. Maybe it was a time where you showed up for a friend in a time of need. But you didn’t just show up… you went above and beyond. Not because of some expected return or ulterior motive, but because you believed it was the right thing to do. You genuinely cared.

Think back to that day, and how that made you feel when you saw your impact. Think back to how it felt to know you made a difference. It felt good, didn’t it. Really, damn, good.

Science has shown us that one of the most powerful emotions we can feel, via serotonin, is released in mass at these moments. But what is even more interesting, is that it’s literally contagious. Think back to the last time you saw someone else doing something generous. Maybe it was as simple as holding the door open at the store for an elderly customer. Think back to that… how did you feel, witnessing that? Did it make you feel, more generous?

If generosity is contagious, it just needs to be started.
Let it be us.
Be the change we want to see in this world.

Sunday 2/21/21

Sunday 2/21/21

“Partition Participation Party”
For Time:
200 AbMat Sit-ups
100/75 Calorie Row (or Equal Cal Bike)
50 Barbell Floor Press (135/95)

Partition However You’d Like

Intermediate: 95/65
Novice: 65/45

“The Marshmallow Experiment”

The experiment conducted decades ago began by bringing in children into a room, one by one, sitting them down in a chair with a single marshmallow in front of them.

Here, the researcher offered a deal. He said he was going to leave the room, and if the child didn’t eat the marshmallow while he was away, then a second marshmallow would be rewarded. However, if the child chose to eat the marshmallow while he was away, they wouldn’t get a second. What he didn’t say was how long he’d be gone. The choice was simple – one treat now, or two treats later.

Some of the children ate it right away. Some squirmed around for a bit, and gave in after a couple of minutes. And some of the children managed to wait until the researcher came back.

The research team followed the participants for 40 years afterwards. The children who ate the marshmallow immediately… struggled in life. They didn’t have careers they were proud of, and they didn’t live lives they were happy with. The children who held out went on to live as highly successful individuals.

The ability to delay gratification is a critical component in life. Whether we want to go to the CrossFit Games, be the best spouse we can be, or propel our career forward, we must have the willpower to stay the course with the longer term in mind. Even when we’re tired, hungry, beat up, and starving for a bite of that marshmallow… we’re tough enough to hang on.

Saturday 2/20/21

Saturday 2/20/21

“Closing Time”
On the 2:00 x 10 Rounds:
30 Double Unders
5 Power Snatches (115/85)
Max Meter Row With Time Remaining

* No Rest Between Rounds
* Score Is Total Meters

Rx+: 135/95
Intermediate: 95/65
Novice: 65/45

“Adversity causes some to break. For others, it breaks records.”

Adversity can really, really hurt. Let’s not create an illusion that it’s all sunshine and rainbows. It will try our values, test our patience, and challenge who we are as human beings. It’s no warm cup of cocoa on a winter morning.

But a warm cup of cocoa doesn’t make us better. A picture perfect day doesn’t make us better. We learn when we make mistakes. When we miss, trip up, face plant, and get caught off guard. At our very basic biological level, this is how we adapt. It’s encoded in us… and it’s seriously like a secret sleeping super power.

That is, of course, if we them it our advantage. The nature of a mistake is not to tell us we suck. That we failed. That we’re not good enough. The nature of a mistake is to educate us. To give us the ammunition we need to become better. To take the challenge to earn greatness, out of something that once was not.

Adversity is not in the way to greatness.
Adversity is the way the way to greatness.
This is the championship mindset.

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