June 26th, 2010

The Warrior Series: Courage

I always tell my kids that real courage doesn’t mean that you’re not scared to do something. It means that you’re scared, and you go ahead and do it anyways. I’d like to highlight a couple performances on Barbara today that showed serious courage.

Marie walked in for the 5:30 AM class and I could hear the nerves in her voice. That quiver in her tone as we spoke just before the the starting gun. Marie tends to take these WODs very seriously. She gets really nervous, but she always shows up. That is courage. Her time last time was 28:32 for a scaled 3 round version of Barbara. Today she did three rounds in about 22 minutes and then went on to complete a fourth round. For Marie, courage=increased fitness! Nice work Marie.

Halee also showed up for a 5:30 AM beating. He wasn’t sure he could make it later and he didn’t want to miss this one so he came to the early class. Now that shows courage right there! There is also a lot of pressure on Halee in a WOD like Barbara. We all know Halee is a body weight monster. When you are really good at something the pressure increases. Everyone is looking to see what Halee did on a WOD like this. He could have easily “had other things to do” or “been too short on sleep to get up that early.” Not Halee, though, he went out of his way to face the pressure. Courage! And for Halee, courage=our first ever Rx’d Barbara at CFS. Great job Halee!

9 AM Class

Five rounds of:
5 Deadlifts
5 Hang squat cleans
5 Push presses
5 Front squats

Increase the load each round. Rest as necessary between rounds.

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7 Responses

  1. You guys are rockstars! You’re both an inspiration to work out with!

  2. 95, 115, 125, 135, 145
    great to watch John for getting form

  3. 115, 125, 135, 140, 145 (F)

    The quote from Mark Rippetoe that Jeff and I were trying to remember this morning was, “Poor form in the gym is caused by insufficient yelling.”

    He also said, “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.”

  4. 95, 105, 115, 125, 130 (failed after two of the push presses)

    Another good quote from Rip is: If you’re going to wear gloves, make sure they match your purse.

  5. 45, 55, 65, 70, 75 (failed during push press)

    Loved having you as a partner too Stein-y. Great job and amazing strength on those lifts! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the nice words on this post Jeff. I really appreciate your encouragement. I’m hoping to get to a point where I don’t want to throw up before each WOD. πŸ™‚

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