Monday, March 25

This Wednesday is Wednesday FriendsDay! Bring a friend to any class time to try CrossFit for the first time!

I heard Conan O’Brien telling a story about doing difficult interviews early in his career and I realized some of the struggles we see in the gym are just like what he was going through. Let me see if I can explain this to you…

He said he had a difficult guest on his show. Someone that gave short answers, didn’t seem interested and he really had to struggle through it. After the show the producer Lorne Michaels called him into the office and said to him, “People like to see you work.”

The point being is that the audience was entertained by watching Conan work through the interview. His struggle and effort is what kept people interested because he was trying.

That’s how I feel as a coach a lot. I like watching your effort and fight in a workout. I care a lot less about the result.

As an athlete, we tend to only thing about the result, but coaches, friends, family, etc care about the effort. If we could all step back and change our perspective I think we would all be a lot nicer to ourselves.

Think about it. What’s more inspiring, watching Mat Fraser do 19.5 in 6:53 or seeing someone get their first pull up in 19.4?

Sure the former is impressive, but it doesn’t hit you in the same spot as watching someone fight and scrap for that first rep. It’s about the effort.

So next time you are evaluating your workout, don’t think about the score, think about your effort. That’s what counts. That’s what makes you stronger and that is what you can be proud of!

Workout for Monday, March 25
Bench Press w/ Pause at Chest
5X3 Building Up in Weight

5 Rounds for Time
9 Power Cleans (115/85)
9 Shoulder to Overhead
35 Air Squats

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