Tuesday, September 24
1. Jumping 1 RM vertical jump 2. Posterior Chain 8x3 Good Morning 3. Skill Max Strict C2B Pull ups - overhand or underhand grip allowed.
4. Gym WOD - "Annie" and "Karen"
Get comfortable with it.
Someone once said that nothing worth having comes easy. While I tend to shy away from superlatives when analyzing the real world, I think this is true more often than not. Maybe we unconsciously categorize the things furthest from our grasp as “best,” fundamentally requiring a great struggle to acquire them. Or maybe in the course of a hard struggle we come to appreciate things more for the effort it took to achieve them. More than likely there are elements of both at work, but the fact remains that we seem to value most those accomplishments that nearly break us.
Take an example. Ask any football player, hockey player, boxer, or wrestler about the rigors of their sport and hear what they tell you. The hits taken never stopped hurting, they just got used to the pain. Ask Michael Jordan how he felt before every game winning shot and he’ll say he was nervous, just like every other human on the planet. He was just great at managing his emotions.
The most impressive ability of these types of men and women is not their physical strength or stamina, it’s their adaptation to pain and anxiety. To them fear, pain, and discomfort are part of the job description. They revel in the challenge to overcome them. For most of us these things are like the plague. We cringe at the thought of putting ourselves through any sort of awkward or embarrassing situation, let alone a physically painful one. It’s no surprise that when the moment comes to put up or shut up we make like ants running from a ground fire. Watch a class of people in the moments before Fran and you might not know a thing about them because it’s all internalized. Watch that same class during the round of 15 and you’ll know all you need to know. The warriors commit and the pretenders crumble. Becoming fitter requires you to go beyond your physical limits… Guess what? This fucking sucks! It really hurts and it’s always going to. Own it. You’ll never be able to do what it takes to get what you want unless you start accepting this as a cold, hard fact. All the rational explanations you gave yourself for working out don’t mean a thing without this most basic understanding.