a temporary surrender
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” - Gail Sheehy
“Lipson” 21, 15, 9 reps for time of: Back Squats, 185lbs Kettlebell Swings, 24kg 20/28kg 6:17 I scaled this because after yesterday I wasn’t sure about picking up the barbell off the ground. After warming up, I could power clean 185 but not jerk it and lowering on the back rack was not gonna happen. Decided to take the bar off the rack. I was going really slow because my back hurt but still...
be better than yourself
“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” - William Faulkner
Our own guidance
“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.” - Henry Miller
Why it’s so important to have good shoulder mechanics.
Achievement is built on challenge. Achievement is built on setbacks and...– Ralph Marston (via turbogirl)
“Even if you be otherwise perfect, you fail without humility.” - The Talmud
A terrible attempt at the 2 min Double Under Challenge. I hadn’t warmed up and I was dehydrated. My lats started cramping after about 30 seconds. I couldn’t move my arms. Regardless, you can see how overextended I am. I need to squeeze my but more and stretch my hip flexors. Also my wrists are doing funny things. I need to fix the rhythm of my turns. Not sure how to go about that other than...
This is a great video. Too bad I hate running.
The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.– Ram Dass (via tribander)
Mistakes, corrections, struggle, progress
Teaching complex movements sometimes requires breaking the movement down and looking at the component parts and putting it back together again. It’s a forensic approach to teaching movement. Often people have blind spots in their movements or simply can’t figure out how to cue movements and positions. This is a look at the two big movements components that people need in the overhead squat:...
Radiance & Fascination →
Zander was so clearly and deeply in love with what he does and so utterly passionate about his message (embracing music and possibility), and who he was sharing it with (he hugged and kissed half the front row after speaking) that he literally could’ve said anything and we would have been human putty.
the fear alchemist
“Exercise, it turns out, especially at higher levels of intensity, is an incredibly potent tool in the quest to train in the arts of the fear alchemist.” —Jonathan Fields
The Creative Brain on Exercise →
As Dr. John Ratey noted in his seminal work Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2008), exercise isn’t just about physical health and appearance. It also has a profound effect on your brain chemistry, physiology, and neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to literally rewire itself). It affects not only your ability to think, create, and solve, but your ...
What You Can't Fake →
“You can work really hard on crafting a well written, organized, resume with bullet points of accomplishments – but you can’t fake 500 blog posts.”
why bother starting?
“In fact, I believe that if someone starts out on a challenging activity, completely confident that they’re going to succeed, why bother starting? It’s not much of a challenge. I think it’s much better to start out on something that you’re not at all sure that you can do. If you overcome and you manage to defeat the obstacles, the satisfaction is so much...
“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” - Phillips Brooks
“Every day you have to test yourself. If you don’t, it’s a wasted day.” - Terry Butts
Personal Best: Should You Have a Coach? →
“Your physicality, the sensation that you have as you play the violin, interferes with your accuracy of listening.” What violinists perceive is often quite different from what audiences perceive. —Itzhak Perlman via Atul Gawande
21, 15, 9 reps for time of: KB Swings, 32kg Burpees 3:59 Power Cleans 175×3, 195×3, 205×3 Ring Dips 4, 4, 4
How To Get Things Done: Part 1 →
“Focus on where you are – not on the destination – and move forward from your current position.”
be who you are
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” - Dr. Seuss
Came home to a giant box full of clothes from Reebok|CrossFit last night. Wow! Talk about generous. I have to make some room for all the new clothes. 2 red Staff shirts (I already have 4 red staff shirts from Reebok, but these 2 are the super soft kind and have the Reebok|CrossFit Delta logo instead of the plain Reebok logo). 1 red thermal Staff shirt 1 red zip up hoodie 1 red pullover hoodie...
Some Thoughts On The Diaphragm →
And my article got published on a fancy yoga blog. :)
being a professional
“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” - Julius Erving
let me not beg
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” - Rabindranath Tagore
turbogirl: But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives. -Haruki Murakami