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Saturday 6/6/20

Saturday 6/6/20

10 Air Squats, 30 Double Unders, 200 Meter Run
20 Air Squats, 30 Double Unders, 200 Meter Run
30 Air Squats, 30 Double Unders, 200 Meter Run
40 Air Squats, 30 Double Unders, 200 Meter Run
50 Air Squats, 30 Double Unders, 200 Meter Run

Continue to Add (10) Squats Per Round

“Excitement comes from the achievement. Fulfillment comes from the journey.”

Winning the award is exciting. Fulfillment is looking back at the hard work put in.

There’s irony when we think about defining moments. When we forecast into the future, we build up in our minds that accomplishing the achievement is the ultimate. Exciting in the actual moment, but when we look back… the real defining moments were the experiences that led up to those big achievements.

The trials, the tribulations… the early mornings and late nights.
The blood, the sweat, the tears.

The dopamine hit comes when we win, hit the goal, or get the promotion.
But the fulfillment – the true, ever lasting feeling of satisfaction – comes from the quality of our struggle over every obstacle. The relationships we forged with others through it all.

When we focus on the journey being the ultimate prize, we can truly start to love every step of the way.

Friday 6/5/20

Friday 6/5/20

“Opposite Day”
Alternating Dumbbell Power Snatches (50/35)

Directly Into…

Alternating Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerks (50/35)

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

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 sit in traffic as we drive them to school.

As Tony Robbins quotes, if we can remove expectations from the norm, and replace them with a sense of gratitude, our entire world changes. We start to see the abundance in life again, versus it being blended into the background.

Thursday 6/4/20

Thursday 6/4/20

5 Rounds:
100′ Walking Lunge
200 Meter Single Arm Farmers Carry (50/35)
30 AbMat Sit-ups

“Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction.” – Robert Brault

Are we sailing North on purpose, or is it because the wind is taking us that way?

Life will throw its curveballs. Its illnesses, injuries, and schedule conflicts. But it is a choice to allow those to change our cardinal direction. There is always a way to continue North.

The wind does not tell us where to go. Only we do.

Wednesday 6/3/20

Wednesday 6/3/20

For Time:
50 Devil’s Press (50’s/35’s)

“2-2-2-3” Intervals Style:
35 Double Unders
5 Lateral Dumbbell Burpees
Max Devil’s Press in Time Remaining

“Our greatest fear in life should not be failure. Our greatest fear in life should be succeeding in things that don’t matter.” – Francis Chan

One of life’s greatest tragedies: we tend to think that things will be different if we achieve more, win more, or make more money. But if those things have never changed us before, even if we win the world… would it change us today? Like thirsty people guzzling salt water, it’s a never-ending cycle that does not lead to fulfillment.

Yet we can work tirelessly for that next finish line, putting all of eggs in that basket, wishing, hoping, and working tirelessly to get there. One of our greatest fears, as written in the quote above, is to get there, and to realize… we didn’t climb the right ladder. It didn’t bring us to where we wanted to be. How we wanted to feel.

It always boils down to this – the quality of our relationships, the positive influence we impart on others, and who we become in the process. Hustle is crucial, but placing first things first is absolutely vital. Which ladder are we climbing today?

Tuesday 6/2/20

Tuesday 6/2/20

“Space Cadet”
Double Dumbbell Squats (50’s/35’s)
200 Meter Run

“Hardships often prepare people for an extraordinary destiny.”

Often we look to the past to decide who we are.
But even more damaging, we look to the past to decide who we can become.

We grew up “this way”, in that town, where our parents never gave us “X”. We look to that past and dwell on the pain, being broken, or being handicapped. And I am who I am because of my past. We’ve all had that friend who can’t stop talking about “how things were in the past”.

In the words of Tony Robbins, “identity drives behavior”.
The story is not that we’ve had a tough past, and we’re doomed to follow in suit.
The story is that we’ve had a tough past, and I’m better because of it.

Monday 6/1/20

Monday 6/1/20

“Base Camp”
1 Round of “Strict Cindy”
1 Double Dumbbell Power Clean and Jerk (50’s/35’s)
1 Round of “Strict Cindy”
2 Double Dumbbell Power Clean and Jerk (50’s/35’s)
1 Round of “Strict Cindy”
3 Double Dumbbell Power Clean and Jerk (50’s/35’s)

Add (1) Dumbbell Power Clean and Jerk Per Round

“Pressure can bust pipes, but it can also make diamonds.” – Robert Horey

Pressure is nothing but a catalyst. Think about the last time you were “under pressure”. Replay that feeling we all shared… the urgency of action, the full focus, the ever-present mentality. Nothing else existed in our world, but that task at hand.

It’s really potent.

Just like events, there is no such thing as bad pressure. Only how we perceive it. We can see it as the reason why we couldn’t give our best, or… we can see it as the reason why we gave our best.

It’s all in our perception.
Let’s embrace it.
And make some freakin’ diamonds.

Sunday 5/31/20

Sunday 5/31/20

“Minute Clinic” [Home Gym]
5 Sets:
1 Minute Hollow Hold
1 Minute Wall Sit
1 Minute Side Plank (30 Seconds Each)
1 Minute Rest

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

We can all agree that the single constant in our universe is that things will change. From the most successful, to the struggling, we’ll all experience change.

Yet there is something that separates the successful and the struggling. Not the type of change – because that’s again just part of our world. But instead, the response to it.

Change isn’t positive or negative in and of itself. It is our internal interpretation of the event that dictates whether it was good or bad. Where thoughts become actions, perception becomes reality.

When we actively remind ourselves that events don’t shape our world, and that our thoughts towards them do, we can see the growth opportunity in every moment. We just have to look for it.

Saturday 5/30/20

Saturday 5/30/20

“SeaWorld” [Home Gym]
On the 5:00 x 6 Rounds:
10 Alternating Single Dumbbell Power Clean and Jerk
400 Meter Run
100 Meter Single Dumbbell Farmers Carry

“There are risks and costs of a program of action. But those are far less than the risks and costs of inaction.” – John F. Kennedy

Change may be one of the single most paralyzing things.
Because the lack of change… is safe. It’s comfortable.
But in that comfort, we are literally confining ourselves to a box. Closing ourselves into a world that cannot grow further than what it has already grown to.

If we want to grow, we need to face the terror of change. Face the chance that we may fail. Face the chance that we may embarrass ourselves. Face the chance that we may never be “safe” again.

And when we realize that it is ourselves, not our circumstances, holding us back… safety becomes the least safe thing we can do. The only risk now, ironically, becomes playing it safe.

Friday 5/29/20

Friday 5/29/20

“eHarmony” [Home Gym]
For Time:
30 Single Dumbbell Deadlifts
30 Single Dumbbell Russian Swings
30 Single Dumbbell Goblet Squats
30 Single Dumbbell Hang Squat Cleans
30 Single Dumbbell Power Snatches
30 Single Dumbbell Overhead Squats

*On the Minute: 5 Burpees

“Life is a wonderful, wonderful opera… except that it hurts.” – Joseph Campbell

Our life is a summation of what we think about. It’s what the human brain is programmed to do – to pay attention to what we’re thinking about.

If we are in the market to buy a silver Toyota, all we see are silver Toyotas on the road. It’s as if they suddenly appeared out of the sky, yet… they were there all along. It’s called the “Reticular Activation System”. We simple notice more of something if we’re focused on it.

Now replace the silver Toyota with a harmful emotion… such as feeling like the world is out to get us. Feeling like we aren’t important. Feeling frustrated. It becomes exaggerated, monopolizing our thoughts. If we look for the negative, it will be there in droves. But… if we look for the positive, it will be there just as powerfully.

Are we going to see the wonderful opera, or are we going to be distracted by the pain?

Thursday 5/28/20

Thursday 5/28/20

“Reverse Psychology” [Home Gym]
5 Rounds For Time:
30 Reverse Lunges
20 Shuttle Runs
10 Reverse Burpees

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

The level of effort we will put in today will be relative to what we believe we can accomplish.

If we don’t believe we can lose the weight, we won’t consistently go to the gym. If we don’t believe we can get the job, we won’t put in the research and studying to get the job. We just can’t summon the effort for something we don’t believe is possible.

But this belief matters most not at the start, but in the middle. When hit the missteps… the challenges, hardships and trying moments. Here is where we can settle, changing our expectations for something more “attainable”. Not because it’s what we really wanted, but because we’re letting our circumstances change our belief that was once there.

That’s when we can remind ourselves that the quote above came from a man who was cut from his High School basketball team. A man who had every reason to change his expectations. And that, would have ended it. Yet… we know the rest of that story. What will be ours?

Wednesday 5/27/20

Wednesday 5/27/20

“Five Below” [Home Gym]
Buy-In: 100 Double Unders
Into Max Rounds:
6 Lateral Dumbbell Burpees
12 Dumbbell Front Squats

Rest 5 Minutes

Buy-In: 100 Double Unders
Into Max Rounds:
6 Lateral Dumbbell Burpees
9 Dumbbell Thrusters

Rest 5 Minutes

Buy-In: 100 Double Unders
Into Max Rounds:
6 Lateral Dumbbell Burpees
6 Dumbbell Clusters

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish, and stupid.” – Epictetus

If there’s one thing we can guarantee ourselves, it’s that we’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to fall flat on our face and embarrass ourselves. It’s just part of the way.

But if we promise ourselves one thing, everything changes. The promise to uphold the willingness to learn.

To take the failure from “this isn’t for me” and translate it into “I’m not good enough yet”. It’s never a challenge of if we can do it or not… but rather a challenge of how bad do we want it. How hard we’ll work for it. We can sit and wallow, or we can meet fire with fire. To pick up the pieces, binding and mending them together, to ultimately make them far stronger than before.

Tuesday 5/26/20

Tuesday 5/26/20

“Flex Seal” [Home Gym]
16 Rounds:
20 Seconds Double Dumbbell Deadlifts
10 Seconds Rest
20 Seconds AbMat Sit-ups
10 Seconds Rest

“Enthusiasm is common. But endurance, is rare.” – Angela Duckworth

How often do we see a friend start a goal, only to fall off in a matter of weeks (maybe days)? Enthusiasm or motivation is quick to come by, but also quick to go.

Motivation and short term goals can’t change us. They can’t even move us. What does, are reasons. It’s not the goal of “losing 5 pounds” that drives her forward… it’s because she wants to set the example to her daughter that we’re not “genetically pre-determined” to be overweight, even if the entire family has always been.

Reasons are what wakes us up in the morning. Reasons are what drives us to go the extra mile. It’s where we draw our endurance from.

Goals and enthusiasm aren’t wrong to have, but they can’t be our backbone. Enthusiasm can be broken. Reasons on the other hand, are impenetrable.

Monday 5/25/20

Monday 5/25/20

For Time:
1 Mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Air Squats
1 Mile Run

“I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis

We crave the confirmation of progress. Whether that be weekly increases in weights, continual raises at work, or anything between. It can be in our nature to seek out those signals. Yet we can learn something from the stonecutter.

When a stonecutter addresses his next task, splitting a giant stone in two, he starts hammering away. One blow at a time, he lines up each and every strike with meticulous precision. 10 strikes pass by, and there is no visible change to the stone. 50 strikes go by, and still no visible change. No cracks, dents, or any indication of… anything. 100 strikes pass, and, the same. On the 101st strike, it splits in two.

Through the 100 strikes, there wasn’t an external signal or sign that this was working. But beneath the surface, invisible to the eye, the stone was splitting with each passing blow. It wasn’t something different about the final strike… it was instead the culmination of all 101 blows. Impossible without a single one of them.

True change takes place from the inside out. And much like the stonecutter, we have two options: to spend emotional energy worrying if we’re making progress, or to have full faith in the process, spending every ounce of focus we have on that next strike.

Sunday 5/24/20

Sunday 5/24/20

“Supple Sunday” [HOME GYM]
5 Rounds:
30 Second Side Plank (Each Side)
200 Meter Farmers Carry
1 Minute Max Leg Lift Overs

“Success at anything, will always come down to this. Focus and effort. And we control both.” – Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

Often our world looks at individuals such as the Rock, and chalk him up to being “gifted”. Or “naturally talented”. Yet he would put it a very different way.

Focus and effort. Because we don’t see the painstaking hours behind closed doors, the long nights and early mornings, it looks so natural for him. So easy. But as Vince Lombardi once said, “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there”. Nothing in life happens by accident.

All that matters is two things:
Where do we want to go (focus), and how hard do we want to work for it (effort).

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