You Don't Have to Like It

I remember hearing that as a kid...
"You don't have to like it."

Usually when I was complaining about something,
about chores, or homework, or going to school.
It always felt tough and kind of mean.

But I thought of it the other day.
We had a tough workout and a lot of people were discouraged.
And I get that.

It sucks feeling like you don't do well.


It sucks when your coordination just doesn't come together.
It sucks when you're so stiff from sleeping on the floor in your kid's room
that you can't get good overhead range.
It sucks when your energy levels just aren't there because you were up late
arguing with your family.

Then you get to that workout and it slaps you in the face
and kicks you in the gut while you're down.

There are days like that.

But here's the good news...



Your body doesn't care whether or not you have fun working out

At all.  You might be on the verge of tears
because you've spent the last 2 minutes and gotten ZERO double-unders.
You might be ready to break something because your elbows
are just so slow on those cleans.

But your body doesn't care at all.

Your muscles are still getting stronger.
Your heart and lungs are still getting more efficient.
Your brain is still wiring new patterns.

I've told all of our coaches from the beginning
that the most important thing we can do as a coaching team
is make sure YOU have a great time at your workout.
Because if you do, chances are good that you'll be back for another one,
which means you'll keep making progress.

But we can play your favorite songs and you can work out with your favorite people,
and it can be your favorite movements, and it still might suck.

But on those days, just remember:
You don't have to like it for it to be 100% worth it.

What Were You Created For?

My alarm went off the other day in the dark.

It was so cold.
The bed was so warm.
It was so early.

For the first time in weeks, I hit the snooze button.
I rolled over.
I closed my eyes.

And right before I drifted off, I thought about Marcus Aurelius.

                                 Like you do

                                 Like you do

One of the greatest collections of Stoic Philosophy
comes from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.

But the coolest thing about them is that
he never expected they'd be read by anyone.

They were his own personal notes to himself.
The Emperor of Rome...
By all accounts the most powerful man in the world...
Wrote himself notes in his diary.

And in the cold, early, darkness that morning I thought of this one:

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself:
'I have to go to work - as a human being.

What do I have to complain of, if I'm going to do what I was born for -
the things I was brought into the world to do?

Or is this what I was created for?
To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?'

The Emperor of Rome wrote that... to himself.

People struggle.  Even emperors.
But he overcame weakness.
And so have you.

And so that morning, I got up instead of going back to sleep.
And I did the best damn job I could that day...

I tried my hardest to be the best dad,
the best husband,
the best coach,
the best pastor,
the best friend,
the best citizen,
the best human being I could be.

Because that is what I was created for.

How about you?

Don't Quit at Mile 20


Most people who run marathons finish them.

Most.  But not all. 

At the 2016 New York City marathon
there were almost 700 people who didn't make it to the end.
It's hard to find serious data on this
but conventional wisdom is that most people who quit
drop out at about Mile 20.

But people don't quit at Mile 1.  Or Mile 2.  Or Mile 5.

They quit when they're 75% through, or 80%, or 85%.

They quit when they're so close they can almost taste it.

Most people I see quit CrossFit, quit at Mile 20.
By which I mean they quit right at that point
where you've gone through the pain and put in the work
but the results you've been dreaming of haven't come yet.

And every time someone quits at Mile 20 I try to talk them out of it
because it's a tragedy to give up when you're that close to the finish line.

I get it.  The urge to quit a 5-round workout is always strongest for me
at the beginning of round 4.  The pain is there,
but it doesn't seem like it's worth it yet.  But you're so close.

And you might not be at Mile 20 right now,
thinking about giving up when the finish line is almost in sight...
but your friend might be.

So tell them.

Say, "you're almost there.  Stick with it a little longer.
I'll pick you up before class.
I'll schedule my workouts with yours.
Let's cross that finish line together."

Keep moving FORWARD
and cross that finish line
and get that medal.

It's yours for the taking.