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Friday 9/4/20

Friday 9/4/20

“Dream Team”
[Teams of 2]
AMRAP 20:
90/70 Calorie Row
70 Wallballs (20/14)
50 Kettlebell Swings (70/53)
30 Burpee Box Jumps (24/20)


“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.

Thursday 9/3/20

Thursday 9/3/20

“Baggage Claim”
3 Rounds For Time:
400 Meter Run
200 Meter Weighted Run (53/35)
10 Power Snatches (115/85)


“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.

Wednesday 9/2/20

Wednesday 9/2/20

Push Jerk Complex
Build to a Moderate Complex:
1 Pausing Push Jerk
1 Push Jerk

“Treasure Chest”
3 Rounds:
25 Toes to Bar
20 Push Jerks (115/85)
20/14 Calorie Row


“Don’t tell me who you are. Tell me what you are.”

When we are asked “who” we are, we default to our past. We define ourselves by our resumes. Although our past may give us insight of where we’ve been, it cannot be what defines us… for it’s the past.

When the question however asks “what” we are, we tend to give a different answer. We describe who we really are. It’s one of character, values and beliefs.

Will we be defined by who we’ve been in the past, or by what we stand for today? Let character be our loudest statement.

Tuesday 9/1/20

Tuesday 9/1/20

“Born to Run”
For Time:
400 Meter Run, 21 Burpees
400 Meter Run, 15 Burpees
400 Meter Run, 9 Burpees
200 Meter Run, 9 Power Cleans (115/85)
200 Meter Run, 15 Power Cleans (115/85)
200 Meter Run, 21 Power Cleans (115/85)


“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.

Monday 8/31/20

Monday 8/31/20

Overhead Squat Complex
On the Minute x 10:
1 Power Snatch
1 Tempo Overhead Squat

“Empty Calories”
27-21-15-9:
Row Calories
Overhead Squats (95/65)


“The purpose of pain is to move us in action, not to make us suffer.” -Tony Robbins

Pain gets a bad rap. Not in our world.

Pain is a purely a temporary feeling… where suffering is a state of mind.

As Tony Robbins puts it, it’s purpose is to move us forward. It’s leverage. An advantage, and a very powerful one at that. Few things in the world can get a human being to move faster than pain. It’s our body and mind telling us to go.

Pain is mandatory. Suffering is optional.

Sunday 8/30/20

Sunday 8/30/20

“Over It”
On the 2:00 x 3 Rounds:
15/12 Calorie Row
12 Lateral Burpees Over Rower

On the 2:00 x 3 Rounds:
15/12 Calorie Row
9 Lateral Burpees Over Rower

On the 2:00 x 3 Rounds:
15/12 Calorie Row
6 Lateral Burpees Over Rower


“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” – Bill Watterson

There’s a common misunderstanding that if we allow ourselves to feel happy about something, we’ll lose our drive to improve. That in order to reach our goals, we need to hard-wire ourselves 24/7 with thoughts of how improve and develop. Ironically enough, full focus on the future is one of the most self-destructive things we can do to ourselves.

When we celebrate our victories, we feel good. On a biological level, there is a “dopamine” release. By feeling this emotion of accomplishment… we become hungry for more. We crave that next dopamine hit, moving even more aggressively towards that next accomplishment. On the other side, if we constantly deprive ourselves of that dopamine response… we will lose our drive. This is the definition of burnout.

Take a moment today to think about how far you’ve come since last year. And since you’ve started this amazing lifestyle called CrossFit. No leaderboard will ever tell us the full story. While we maintain our fiery state of mind to find the next best version of ourselves, let’s celebrate today.

 

Saturday 8/29/20

Saturday 8/29/20

“Oil Change”
For Time:
1 Mile Run
50 Toes to Bar
30 Power Snatches (115/85)


“There will never be a 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.

 

Friday 8/28/20

Friday 8/28/20

“21 Savage”
For Time:
Buy-In: 75/50 Calorie Row
Directly Into…
21 Double Dumbbell Front Squats (50’s/35’s)
21 Double Dumbbell Push Presses (50’s/35’s)
21 Double Dumbbell Hang Clusters (50’s/35’s)


“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.

 

Thursday 8/27/20

Thursday 8/27/20

“Buttercup”
On the 3:00 x 5 Rounds:
12 Strict Pull-ups
25 AbMat Sit-ups
5 Deadlifts


“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 find ourselves struggling with something… a specific career, a relationship, a lifestyle… what is causing it? Are we b

 

Wednesday 8/26/20

Wednesday 8/26/20

“Kelly Rowland”
For Time:
50/35 Calorie Row
3 Rounds of “Kelly”
50/35 Calorie Row

1 Round of Kelly:
400 Meter Run
30 Box Jumps (24/20)
30 Wallballs (20/14)


“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 was 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 jailer 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.”

 

Tuesday 8/25/20

Tuesday 8/25/20

“4EVER”
AMRAP 4:
27/21 Calorie Row
27 Burpees
27 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Rest 4 Minutes

AMRAP 4:
21/15 Calorie Row
21 Burpees
21 Toes to Bar

Rest 4 Minutes

AMRAP 4:
15/12 Calorie Row
15 Burpees
15 Pull-ups


“Most of the time we feel tired not because we’ve done too much, but because we’ve done too little of what makes us come alive.” – Jim Kwik

We’re not going to pretend the hard times go away. And that we won’t need to do things that we’d rather not. We have commitments, obligations, and bills to pay. But when we find ourselves in a daily loop of non-stop “work”… we won’t feel like ourselves.

But it’s not the time we put in at work that causes this. It’s the time we don’t put in on the other things. Our passions. The reason why we get out of bed in the morning. Yet in the furious pace of our lives, we let it fall to the wayside because we need to get “back to work.”

The times where we are the most unhappy, are the times where we are the most untrue to ourselves. Redefine to ourselves what sets us on fire. What makes us come alive. And literally schedule it on your calendar as if it’s a life-saving doctors appointment. Because in truth… it is.

Monday 8/24/20

Monday 8/24/20

“It’s Goin’ Down”
21-18-15-12-9:
Hang Power Snatches (75/55)
Thrusters (75/55)

After Each Round: 30 Double Unders


“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.

Sunday 8/23/20

Sunday 8/23/20

“3…2…1…Rest”
3 Rounds:
AMRAP 3: Calorie Row
AMRAP 2: Burpee Box Jumps (24″/20″)
AMRAP 1: Shuttle Runs

Rest 2 Minutes Between Rounds


“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 use 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 to greatness. This is the championship mindset.

Saturday 8/22/20

Saturday 8/22/20

“1-800-Macho-Man”
3 Rounds:
800 Meter Run
5 Rounds of “Macho Man” (135/95)

1 Round of Macho Man:
3 Power Cleans
3 Front Squats
3 Push Jerks


“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.

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