Friday, October 16, 2009


Warm up: front squat 3x5, shoulder press 9,6,3

Wod: A. Row a 1000m TT or B. Run temple loop, row 2k, run 400m, row 500m.

Who is pumped about this weather? Next week we will be moving to our strength format mentioned in an earlier post. However, I will be providing and alternative endurance WOD everyday. I encourage everyone to buckle down from today till the 16th of november. Let's see what 1 month of dedication can do!

Now, time for coffee talk with Uncle Steve. What are goals? Why should you have a goal?

A goal, to me, is setting an achievable or measurable short term or long term objective, ie I can't do 5 left legged pistols so in 3 weeks time I want to be able to accomplish that goal. Another personal example: A few years back I looked in the mirror one day and did not like what I saw at all. I was a shell of the athlete (well i considered myself and athlete) that I was when I was a senior in high school. Honestly, I was fat and couldn't run up my apartment stairs without getting out of breath. I needed to do something. I needed to take responsibility for my own life and stop blaming external situations for my lack of will power. It was me that got me here and by God it was me that was going to get me out... So, I bought a ticket to the "300" and walked out of the theater that night thinking, "How in the hell did those guys look like that." According to Mark Twight, trainer of the actors and crew, it was not CGI, but hard work and hourly/daily discipline. After, reading the gym jones website for days and watching Fight Club over 15 times in 10 days I was ready to stop making excuses. I voyaged out on Project Mayhem and the rest is history.

I say all this because none of it would be possible if i did not set a goal or becoming a better person. It started as pure vanity by wanting to change the way i looked in the mirror. However, I have experienced many many other positive changes on the way to looking like a spartan (seriously LOL). Sure, i met some demons on the way and I'm not going to kid you it was hard, but learning self discipline and the putting it into practice was awesome! I love people that constantly talk the talk, but never ever have chips to cash in. Be the person that has chips to cash in... don't be a wash up or burn out. Set a goal and achieve it. No matter how small or how ginormous it maybe please have a goal on the horizon. Without a goal of some sort you will have no direction... Being lost, frankly, sucks. Lastly, get out of your own way. Quit letting excuses get in the way of you achieving the things you want in life. I got news for you, you only have this one life. Why not get the most out of it? Break the chains of mediocrity and decide that today is the last day. Say "NO" more often. Stand up for yourself. I am challenging you... backed into a corner, worn down, beat up, stretched thin... will you fight or just lay down. Burn the oars, nuke the boat and strand yourself on the island. Only your best effort matters.

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