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Tuesday 11/24/20

Tuesday 11/24/20

“Head Spin”
For Time:
100 Double Unders
50 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)
80 Double Unders
40 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)
60 Double Unders
30 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)
40 Double Unders
20 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)
20 Double Unders
10 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)

After Each Round:
100 Meter Single Dumbbell Farmers Carry (50/35)


“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 alterior 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.

**Modified hours this Thursday and Friday**
Thursday – Thanksgiving 11/26: NO CLASSES
Friday 11/27: 8am, 9am, 4pm

Monday 11/23/20

Monday 11/23/20

“Chasin’ Waterfalls”
4 Rounds For Time:
30/24 Calorie Row
30 Wallballs (20/14)
30 AbMat Sit-ups


“Give more. Give what you didn’t get. Love more. Drop the old story.”

We often hold onto the past. And we all have felt ourselves do it. Sometimes they are worn as scars, sometimes like trophies. It’s not uncommon to use past events as a chip on your shoulder. “They didn’t believe in me”. All of those are potent motivators. But they only last so long, as they are fleeting and weaker forms of ammunition.

When we “fight against” something, such as something in the past, we will only go so far. When we “fight for” something, it’s different. It’s purpose and meaning go beyond our singular life, transcending to something far bigger. This is where you can move mountains.

Do you hold onto something from the past? Can we reframe the mental dialogue?

**Modified hours this Thursday and Friday**
Thursday – Thanksgiving 11/26: NO CLASSES
Friday 11/27: 8am, 9am, 4pm

Sunday 11/22/20

Sunday 11/22/20

“Strict Nicole”
AMRAP 20:
400 Meter Run
Max Strict Pull-ups


“If you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them.” – Jim Kwik

Our harshest critic is in between our ears.

We’ve all been there… telling ourselves we suck. That we’re simply not good enough. Too old, too young, not good looking enough, not smart enough.

Each time we tell ourselves these things, we add one more vote to become them. The mind has this incredible power to bring into this world whatever we fixate on.

Yet what can be the harshest critic, can be the most powerful ally. Let’s leverage those thoughts to our best advantage.

Saturday 11/21/20

Saturday 11/21/20

“Lethal Weapon”
AMRAP 20:
1 Round of “The Chief”
200 Meter Run
2 Rounds of “The Chief”
200 Meter Run
3 Rounds of “The Chief”
200 Meter Run

[Continue to Add 1 Round of “The Chief”]

1 Round of “The Chief”:
3 Power Cleans (135/95)
6 Push-ups
9 Air Squats


“If failure is not an option, neither is success.”

We fear the one who is willing to lose it all. The one who is willing to play full out with no reserves. The one who swings for the fences.

That’s a dangerous person. Dangerous enough… to accomplish something great.

We all have a comfort zone. A status quo. It’s warm, cozy, and familiar. But it’s a box, with a ceiling and walls that we can see and touch. It’s a world that cannot grow further than what it’s already grown to.

If we want to grow, we have to climb out of that world into the unknown. To face that chance that we may fall flat on our face, because we’re walking in new ground. Yet, as much as a “swing and a miss” may sting a bit, there’s something far worse. Worse than any of that is the pain of knowing that we didn’t try.

Life is so short.
There’s no time to bunt.
Let’s swing for the fences.

Friday 11/20/20

Friday 11/20/20

Hang Squat Snatch
Build to a Heavy Single

“Little Foot”
AMRAP 12:
25 Double Unders
9 Toes to Bar
25 Double Unders
9 Hang Squat Snatches (95/65)

 


“75% Emotional, 25% Physical”

It’s said that the hardest part about anything is starting. And that once we just take that first step, the successive action seems to just fall into place. And there’s absolutely merit to that… an object in motion tends to stay in motion (Newton).

But beyond the surface we want to recognize the truth about us as human beings… that we are emotional creatures. And that our ultimate success is less dependant on the physical actions we take, and more on the emotional backings behind them.

We can conceptualize “successful action” in this way: 25% of it is the physical side. The actual hands in the dirt, grunt work. This stuff matters, of course. But these specific and granular “whats” only account to a quarter of the recipe.

75% of it is the emotional side. The story that plays between our ears as we’re underway. We’re going to hit bumps in the road, and how we internalize obstacles determines our path forward more than anything else. How do we respond when it’s a “bad day?”, and we’re missing every single snatch attempt?

When we think about it that way, successful action isn’t just about what we’re doing, and far more about how we’re doing it. Despite the battle being in our hands, it’s won in our mind.

Thursday 11/19/20

Thursday 11/19/20

Strict Press
Build to a Heavy Single

“Miracle-Gro”
5 Rounds:
200 Meter Run
20/15 Calorie Row
9 Strict Presses (95/65)

 


“Bread today is better than cake tomorrow” – Chinese Proverb

There is a common misconception about drive. That if we pause to celebrate today, that we will lose our fire for tomorrow. We’ll lose our competitive edge. And we’ll be satisfied with where we are.

Something we want to recognize: Gratitude is not linked to a lack of drive. Or a lack of performance. It’s actually quite the opposite.

There’s a hormone in our brain called dopamine. It’s the “feel good” hormone. And it’s released whenever we hit that big lift, PR that workout, or just do something well. Call it the celebration hormone.

When athletes go wrong here, it’s because they fail to see something:
That dopamine is incredibly, incredibly addicting.

Think back to when you were first starting CrossFit, and let’s say you were in class. You’re thinking and working hard on your technique, and coach walks by and catches you with marked improvement to your form. He/She says – “Hey.. freakin’ nice job there. That’s an incredible improvement!”.

How would you feel? Think about it for a moment. I think we would have felt proud, accomplished, and… eager for the next one. The next praise. Because that felt good. And I want that next one. So I’m going to bust my ass even harder now to get my technique even better.

Now purely for thought – take the opposite. Pretend you never got that praise, ever. It’s only “not good enough” at all times. Fast forward 2 years. Which athlete is thriving?

Dopamine is a weapon. An absolute weapon. We just need to use it properly. Celebrate today, if for no other reason, than because it will make us even hungrier for tomorrow.

 

Wednesday 11/18/20

Wednesday 11/18/20

“Doce”
AMRAP 4:
27/21 Calorie Row
21 Power Cleans (135/95)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)

Rest 4 Minutes

AMRAP 4:
27/21 Calorie Row
21 Power Cleans (115/85)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)

Rest 4 Minutes

AMRAP 4:
27/21 Calorie Row
21 Power Cleans (95/65)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)


“Your obsessions become your possessions.” – Ed Mylett

The word “obsessed” gets a bad rap.
And there’s indeed some merit to that.

But let’s try to define “to be obsessed” a little further. What it’s not defined by is “”hours put in””. That may be correlation, but not causality. One is truly obsessed with something when their passion and fire for “that thing” is so great, that their willpower will see them through even the harshest of storms. Where every other person quits… they push on. To one who is obsessed, failure is simply not an option.

Be obsessed with reaching our dreams.
Be obsessed with becoming a better husband. A better wife.
A better son, a better daughter. A better friend, a better neighbor.

Be obsessed with what we care about the most. Our fiercest willpower, pointed in the right direction, is the most powerful thing in the world.

Tuesday 11/17/20

Tuesday 11/17/20

“Shuffleboard”
For Time:
800 Meter Run
25 Thrusters (95/65)
25 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
800 Meter Run
25 Overhead Squats (95/65)
25 Toes to Bar
800 Meter Run
25 Front Squats (95/65)
25 Pull-ups


“I want to see it, before I believe it.”

We are visually oriented people.
We seem to trust our eyes more than our other senses.

It’s why we call our ultimate direction our “vision”. It’s why in the middle of the night, if we think we hear something, we want to take a look before we feel safe enough to fall back asleep. We can hear news through the grapevine, but we doubt it until we see it.

Recognizing this, we can leverage it to our advantage. Many of us will agree that there is power to writing down our goals, and this is why. We begin to believe it that much more. It feels that much more real.

Write down our vision. Write down our goals. Write down anything that is important, not because it’s a mundane task… but because we need to see it, before we believe it.

Monday 11/16/20

Monday 11/16/20

“Drift Away”
AMRAP 15:
75/50 Calorie Row
50 Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)
50 Single Dumbbell Reverse Lunges (50/35)
50 Deadlifts (205/145)


“There will never be better you, than you.”

There is a lot to be said about authenticity.
The first definition inside Merriam-Webster reads, “worthy of acceptance or belief.”
If there’s one sure way to find failure in something, it’s through not being ourselves. It just doesn’t pan out in the long run. While we always remain a student, the harm lies when we blur the lines between emulating the traits of our mentors… with trying to actually be them.

Our mentors do not wish for us to follow in their footsteps.
Our mentors wish for us to go further. To blaze the path further than before.

We have incredible leaders to guide us. But it is now on us to push even further. And there’s no one suited better for that, than you.

Sunday 11/15/20

Sunday 11/15/20

Shoulder Press
Build to a Heavy Set of 5

“Touch the Sky”
AMRAP 15:
150 Meter Row
9 Burpees to Target (6″)


“Vision is the bottleneck of effort.”

We talk a lot about effort.
It’s the gasoline that will drive us to our destination. And there is no substitute.
It’s often however not that effort is lacking when we aren’t reaching out goals… and instead, it’s a lack of direction.

There are many highly capable people in this world. They have the gasoline and the horsepower behind it. But where they direct that energy is the misstep. When they wanted to travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, they find themselves in the South. The largest pity is that all along, they had the right address in the GPS… but they failed to check back on it often enough to ensure they were on the correct route.

We pride ourselves in our horsepower. Your raw effort. We just need to get ourselves pointed in the right direction, and the rest will fall into place.

Saturday 11/14/20

Saturday 11/14/20

“This is 40”
For Time:
400 Meter Run, 40 Wallballs (20/14)
400 Meter Run, 40 Power Snatches (65/45)
400 Meter Run, 40 Pull-ups
400 Meter Run, 40 Overhead Squats (65/45)
400 Meter Run, 40 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
400 Meter Run, 40 Thrusters (65/45)


“You can easily judge the character of a person by how they treat those who can do nothing for them.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Cue, craving, response, reward.
In “Atomic Habits”, by James Clear, this is the loop process that determines many of our actions.

A large part of the above is the final piece – the reward. We can be reward oriented beings. It’s not a bad thing by itself, but we do find ourselves in trouble when it is the only thing.

The quote above gives us something to think about. Some time today, we’ll come across the individual who can offer us the least in return. As in, there won’t be a reward for whatever action we have the option of taking. We’ll know who it is when we see them.

How we act inside that moment is the reality of our character.

Friday 11/13/20

Friday 11/13/20

Push Jerk
On the Minute x 10:
2 Push Jerks

“The Landlord”
AMRAP 12:
35 Double Unders
9 Deadlifts
7 Hang Power Cleans
5 Push Jerks

Barbell: 135/95


“Do not fear failure. But be terrified of regret.” – Ashley Soughtley Spaulding

The reality of life is that we will hear more “no’s” than “yes’s”.
And we will fail.
A lot.

But despite the hundreds of doors closed on our phase, the hundreds of times we are told “no way”, they will never haunt us. What we will regret will be the instances where we gave up. Where we told *ourselves” no.

We don’t fear failure… we welcome it. It’s where the learning occurs. Where the real magic happens.

Thursday 11/12/20

Thursday 11/12/20

“Catch Fire”
3 Rounds For Time:
1,000 Meter Row
200 Meter Farmers Carry (50’s/35’s)
100′ Walking Lunge


“The soul is like a bowl of water.” – Epictetus

It’s ok to get ruffled sometimes.
We are indeed human, and we will get emotional too.

The analogy that Epictetus depicts for us is that even though we can be rocked, knocked around, shaken… through disciplined stillness, we can always find emotional stability. The visual is quite relatable: a bowl of water, disturbed from some event, has ripples running throughout it. It’s not at rest.

But with disciplined focus and effort, we can regain stillness. Often faster than we think.
In the moments where we are most shaken, remind ourselves of this visual. No matter how bad things get, everything is recoverable.

Wednesday 11/11/20

Wednesday 11/11/20

Front Squat
Build to a Heavy Single

“Satans Whiskers”
3 Rounds For Time:
10 Front Squats (135/95)
10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
10 Burpees


“What looks like talent is often careful preparation. What looks like skill is often persistent revision.” – James Clear

We won’t be fooled by how easy it can look for some.
As Vince Lombardi once said, “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there”.

Our greatest achievements in life will not happen by accident, but through disciplined effort.
Sometimes we’ll need action.
Sometimes we’ll need patience.
Sometimes we’ll need to go back to the drawing board, and sometimes we’ll need to throw the Hail Mary.
But everything we do – every rep – has a reason behind it.
We may not control the outcome, but the manifestation in front of us is dominantly controlled by two things:
Where do we want to go (focus), and how hard do we want to work for it (effort).

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