I'm writing a quick update about 30 minutes before I head down to Virginia Beach for The Garage Games. This was a last minute registration and I am stoked to get down there and continue to put my "just freaking win" mentality to the test. The workouts were announced and I am feeling super confident in my abilities to seriously compete down there!
Aside from that, it has been a pretty good couple weeks of training. Got a new PR on the squat at 465#, and I'm feeling smoother and smoother under the bar on the Olympic lifts. The body weight stuff is getting a little more comfortable and I am seeing really good things with the coming months and my training. Now that I'm writing, I realize I have so much to talk about. Courage Bars, the CrossFit Games, new connections, The Dark Night Rises. my new programming website and a whole ton of info about where my life will be taking me in a couple months. But today, I'll just keep it basic; I'll get to all that other fun stuff over the next week or so.
With the days getting insanely hot and humid around here, it has been so impressive to watch not only my, but pretty much every single athlete in the gym's numbers just keep going up and up. I am really convinced that the personality of The Garage has led to people just coming in and working their butts off. I have no science or anything to prove this theory, but it just seems that when people come in to a small, cramped gym, where there is no air or chairs or anything, they realize there is only one thing to do: work the heck out!
Over the past few months I have had more and more interactions with both highly motivated fitness enthusiasts, and people who just have no interest in putting effort into things. While none of my clients have cancelled because of it being "too hot," I know there are literally thousands of people out there who have grown so accustomed to comfort that they will do anything to avoid the slightest bit of discomfort. I personally can't wrap my head around this attitude. I seem to have this daily desire to test my own comfort zones. I do this out of sheer curiosity, usually, but in the end I have found that the greatest gains come from pushing yourself beyond what you thought you could do. Or really, beyond what you initially wanted to do. You'll never know how much you can truly lift until you fail, and fail, and fail. You'll never know how far and fast you can go until you are forced to stop out of complete exhaustion. You just have no idea what you are capable of until you give it an honest to goodness try. So many people out there claim they know exactly what they can do. But I have seen on about as regular a pattern as ever, that there is a never ending supply of surprises in store for you (and me) if you just give it a little extra push.
So as I head down to compete with 200 other athletes, and try to push myself harder at each workout than I have ever done before, let's see what you can push yourself to do this weekend. It doesn't have to be a workout or anything fitness related, just push yourself a little harder on something than you thought you could. And see what happens. If you fail, so what, at least you tried. The best example of this is from the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," when Jack Nicholson's character bets everyone he can lift the sink thing out of the ground and throw it out of the window. Of course he couldn't do that, but the fact that he chose to attempt a seemingly insurmountable task, just for the sake of trying, provides insane motivation for me.
Or just go watch the new Batman movie.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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