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Thursday 4/2/20

Thursday 4/2/20

60 Double-Unders
30 Dumbbell Reverse Lunges
15 Reverse Burpees

“Dizzybat” (No Equipment Version)
60 Line Hops
30 “Odd-Object” Reverse Lunges
15 Reverse Burpees

“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 think we think about defining moments. We build up in our minds that accomplishing that “thing” will be the ultimate. And when we get there, hell yeah will it be exciting. But the podium does not change who we are.

The real defining moments are the experiences that led up to those big achievements. The trials, the tribulations, the lessons learned… the early mornings and late nights. The deep and unforgettable relationships we build through the blood, sweat, and tears.

The dopamine hit comes when we win, hit the goal, or get the promotion.
The ever-lasting fulfillment comes from the journey.

Wednesday 4/1/20

Wednesday 4/1/20

For Time:
50-40-30-20-10: Sit-Ups
50-40-30-20-10: Pushups
25-20-15-10-5: Strict Pull-Ups

“Pipes” (No Equipment Version)
For Time:
50-40-30-20-10: Sit-ups
50-40-30-20-10: Push-ups
50-40-30-20-10: “Odd-Object” Rows

“Everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone owns them.”

It can be ever-tempting to blame a failure on an external factor. Yet when we do, we gain nothing. We shirk responsibility, and with that, a learning opportunity.

Learning starts with ownership. Recognizing that we can do this better. No one is infallible – we will all make mistakes, and be part of larger mistakes that involve a host of other people. But, even when it’s easy to allow ourselves to blame the situation, look inward.

Ask ourselves the simple question – “What could I have done better?”

Tuesday 3/31/20

Tuesday 3/31/20

“Kelly’s House”
5 Rounds For Time:
400m Run
30 DB Goblet Thrusters
30 Lateral Hops over DB

“Kelly’s House” (No equipment version)
5 Rounds For Time:
400m Run
30 “Odd-Object” Thrusters
30 Lateral Hops over “Odd-Object”

“The only thing that is different about me, is that I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill.” – Will Smith

It’s not about the treadmill.
It’s what the treadmill stands for.

Will Smith is not a competitive athlete. If he runs 2, 3, 10 miles… he’s still probably going to be highly successful in his career.


But that’s not why he is, who he is. Not defined by what he’s doing, but instead by how he is doing it.

Full heart, full commitment, full effort. In wherever we go.

Monday 3/30/20

Monday 3/30/20

“Cookie Monster”
20 Single Arm Dumbbell Snatches
40 Double-Unders
20 Burpees
40 Double-Unders

“Cookie Monster” (No Equipment Version)
20 “Odd-Object” Ground-to-Overhead
20 Lateral Hops Over “Odd-Object”
20 Burpees
20 Lateral Hops Over “Odd-Object”

“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” – Simon Sinek

What defines a leader? Is it promotion, titles, or status? We realize that is not the case.

We’ve all met others at some point in our lives that were, title wise, on an identical level. Both been students in school, teammates on a sports team, or co-workers in a job. Yet something set them apart. We don’t remember them for what they said or did, but instead, for how they made us feel.

There’s a line that’s been said a million times over.
“Why did you do it?”
“Because he (or she) would have done it for me”.

True leadership is not a title.

Sunday 3/29/20

Sunday 3/29/20

“Steady Betty”
4 Rounds (20:00 Total)
:40s Weighted Hollow Hold, :20s Rest
:40s Romanian Deadlifts, :20s Rest
:40s Single Arm OHS Hold (L), :20s Rest
:40s Single Arm OHS Hold (R), 1:20 Rest

Completed with a dumbbell or pack.

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence of the future” – Seneca

How often do we rush to finish line?
Immediately turning to the next, only to rush once again?

The aim is not to ignore the future. Yet when we spend so much time working for the future, we by default ignore the present. Until… it has become the past. All of this can sound mindlessly simple – and it is. Yet we often become so frantically busy planning for the future, that we actually miss living in this moment.

Happiness is delivered in many forms, with the most important being… present enjoyment of the moment. Happiness has all that it wants. Wherever we go today, go with everything we got.

Saturday 3/28/20

Saturday 3/28/20

On the 5:00 x 6 Rounds:
10 Alternating Single DB Power CJ
400m Run
100m Single DB Farmer Carry

“SeaWorld” (No Equipment Version):
On the 5:00 x 6 Rounds:
Wearing Back Pack:
15 Pushups
15m Walking Lunge
400m Run

“Let character be your loudest statement.”

The football player wears shoulder pads and a helmet.
The chef puts on an apron.
The accountant brings a suitcase.
These are all identifiables that may come to mind when thinking of those individuals.

What are yours?

Be hard on yourself here. How would others define you?
Let character be what defines you.

Friday 3/27/20

Friday 3/27/20

“Deck of Cards”
Spades – Goblet Squats
Clubs – Burpees
Diamonds – Sit-Ups
Hearts – Single Arm DB Snatches

“Deck of Cards” (No Equipment Version)
Spades – Odd-Object Zercher Squats
Clubs – Odd-Object to Shoulder
Hearts – Sit-Ups
Diamonds – Burpees

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a difference between one who is “there”, and one who is “being there”.

Many of us here are parents. You would understand more than most how being present is everything. A parent can go to their kids’ soccer game, and sit in the stands on their phone, awaiting the end. Or they can go to the game, and passionately be there. Not by yelling or cheering, but by intently wanting to be there. One is “just there”. The other is “being there”.

We can go on a family vacation because, “it’s what families do once a year”, or we can go on a family vacation because we want to spend more time with each other without the distractions of our daily lives. From the outside looking in, it may or may not be as visibly obvious of the effects it leaves.

The obvious application here is in our training. If we were to go through the motions in “Fran” (21-15-9 Thruster/Pull-Up), with a relaxed, 15:00 completion time… there is very little benefit.

The less obvious is our daily encounters outside the gym. Where we may be going through the motions. Is it a lack-luster goodbye to our significant other before leaving for work? Is it greeting an employee with a “How are you?” even though we don’t mean it?

It’s okay to discover these in our daily lives. They happen, as we become comfortable in a routine. Doesn’t mean they should stay that way.

Thursday 3/26/20

Thursday 3/26/20

5 Strict Pull-Ups
10 Pushups
15 Air Squats
30 Double-Unders

“Cindu” (No Equipment Version)
AMRAP 20 Minutes:
15 Odd-Object Rows
15 Pushups
15 Air Squat Hops (over odd-object)

“Every strike brings you closer to your next home run.” – Babe Ruth

When you hear the name “Babe Ruth”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Hall of Fame home run hitter.

What is not the immediate reaction, is “all-time strikeout leader”. 1,300 strikeouts. A record for three decades he held. It was eventually broken, by another who struck out quite a bit too. Mickey Mantle. A name that would be hard to guess, as he’s right next to Babe Ruth in the hall of fame for his home run hits.

These two didn’t reach their success through the home runs. They reached it through the strike outs. Remove those embarrassing misses… and we would never know their names.

Every missed lift. Every poor competition. Every embarrassing stumble.
It’s bringing us closer.
This is where we get better.

Wednesday 3/25/20

Wednesday 3/25/20

3 Rounds For Time :
200m Run
20 Single Arm Hang Dumbbell Snatches
200m Run
20 Single Arm Dumbbell Power Cleans
200m Run
20 Single Arm Dumbbell Thrusters

*On all DB movements, alternate hands every 5 repetitions.

“Three-Peat” (No Equipment Version)
3 Rounds For Time:
200m Run
20 Odd-Object to Overhead
200m Run
20 Odd-Object Step-Ups
200m Run
20 Odd-Object Thrusters

“All you need are these: certainty of judgement in the present moment, action for the common good in the present moment, and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.” – Marcus Aurelius

Perception, Good Action, and Gratitude.
Written nearly two thousand years ago, these three disciplines apply to our lives just as much today as back then.

Perception – In 20/20 hindsight, everyone has the right answer. But in the present moment, things can go south. What creates the difference – our emotional state. Control our emotions, and we’ll find clarity of judgement in the present.

Good Action – Perception is one thing, but it’s another to take the leap of action. Square ourselves off to the opportunity in front, and make it count.

Tuesday 3/24/20

Tuesday 3/24/20

5 Rounds For Time:
80 Double Unders
40 Sit-ups
20 Push-ups
10 Reverse Burpees

“Gravity” (No Equipment Version)
5 Rounds For Time:
60 “Dot Hops”
40 Sit-ups
20 Push-ups
10 Reverse Burpees

“Pain versus Discomfort”

There is a common misconception about pain.
Pain is not what we feel inside of a conditioning workout, or the tail end of a heavy squat set.

Real pain is different.
Pain is when we are walking through the garage and step on a nail.
Pain is when we lose a limb.
Real pain, is when we lose a loved one.

What we feel inside conditioning sets is not pain… it’s discomfort.
Training isn’t painful. It’s uncomfortable at times, but – it’s not pain.
Let’s use this as a perspective change as we enter today’s training.
Today, let’s get uncomfortable.

Monday 3/23/20

Monday 3/23/20

Ascending Ladder for 15:00:
2 Strict Pull-Ups
2 Single Arm Dumbbell Squat Cleans
2 Dumbbell Facing Burpees
4 Strict Pull-Ups
4 Single Arm Dumbbell Squat Cleans
4 Dumbbell Facing Burpees
*Continue adding 2 reps to each movements
*Athlete’s choice on when to alternate hands on the single arm cleans.

“Cairo” (No Equipment Version):
Ascending Ladder for 15:00:
2 Odd-Object to Shoulder
2 Odd-Object Goblet Squats
2 Odd-Object Facing Burpees
4 Odd-Object to Shoulder
4 Odd-Object Goblet Squats
4 Odd- Object Facing Burpees
*Continue to add 2 reps to each movement

“Waste No More Time Arguing What A Good Person Should Be. Be One.” – Marcus Aurelius

It isn’t what we say that defines us, but instead what we do.

In today’s modern world, opinions flow freely. This is a great thing. Yet with such healthy discussions and debates, comes drama, confusion, and a blurred line between what is right and wrong.

The term ‘paralysis through analysis’ is an expression used that describes a situation where we overthink things. We try to appease every opinion, and in attempting so, we do nothing.

Marcus Aurelius urges us to contemplate less, and act more. To be the change we want to see in this world, rather than to argue for it.

Tuesday 3/24/20

Sunday 3/22/20

Single Arm Plank
Glute Bridges
Single Arm Plank
Flutter Kicks

*Single Arm plank alternates on each interval (right hand up, left leg up, then opposite on the next)

There are two definitions in the English language for the word “Overcome”.

The first is that we are helpless. Overwhelmed, overrun, and beaten down, one who is “overcome” has lost the battle.

The second difference is the polar opposite. It is to triumph. To square off towards some form of adversity or obstacle, and to win.

These two definitions are on opposite spectrums for a reason. There is no middle ground. Adversity causes some to break. For others, it breaks records.

We don’t run from the fire. We run to it.

Saturday 3/21/20

Saturday 3/21/20

“Tic Tac Go”
10 Air Squats + 400m Run
20 Air Squats + 400m Run
30 Air Squats + 400m Run
Continue to add (10) squats per round

“Tic Tac Go (No Running Version)”
For Time:
10 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders
20 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders
30 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders
40 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders
50 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders
60 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders
70 Air Squats + 50 Double-Unders

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut” – Dr. Suess

This quote is worth reading twice.
We are creatures of habit. We enjoy our routines. From the morning rituals, to the way we warm up for a workout, to our regimented diets and food plans.

Although dialing in the routine is a great thing, it’s important that we remind ourselves to “keep our eyes open.” What Dr. Suess’s quote alludes to is an open mind. Even when we feel we’ve found exactly what works for us, we must resist the urge to close our eyes and ears to new ideas.

There is so much to learn, experience, and challenge ourselves with. That is, if we only keep our eyes open to do so.

Always a student.

Friday 3/20/20

Friday 3/20/20

“Garage Fight”
3 Rounds of 1:00 Minute at Each:
Dumbbell Goblet Thrusters
Single Dumbbell Power Cleans
Hops over the Dumbbell
Single Arm Push Presses

“Garage Fight” (No Equipment Version)
3 Rounds of 1:00 Minute at Each:
Odd-Object Thrusters
Odd-Object Cleans
Hops over Odd-Object
Odd-Object Reverse Lunges

“Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.” – David Oglivy

One of the most dangerous things we can do in life is to dream too small.
When we dig to the root of what causes this, we find that it’s fear.

We can convince ourselves that it’s too big of a goal. That it’s out of reach. That in and of itself, is the death of the dream. A self-fulfilling prophecy from that point forward, as we can’t accomplish what we can’t believe.

So it starts with that: belief. Belief that we can learn the skills, build the capacity, and hone the craft. Having the dream is only a part of the equation, and it will only come second to having the belief. The belief that you deserve to step up to the plate, and put the ball over the fences.

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