Friday 6/7/13

From the OPT website:
“The Beauty of Challenge”

I had an incredible weekend watching the OPT crew compete at the SW Regionals. At the end of the weekend I found myself in a remarkably reflective conversation with my friend and OPT coach Matt Bryant talking about what else? Life!!! It was one of those incredibly deep conversations that come around once in a blue moon as we sat around a fire pit and talked until the sun came up.

We reflected on how there is inherent beauty inside of struggle. Fitness is an excellent example of this. Athletes enter into a competition knowing that there is going to be challenge. Not only do they know it, but they embrace it and we love to watch it. It’s the challenge that brings out their full effort, builds confidence, increases their bandwidth, teaches them lessons, and the list goes on.

But in everyday life, people often want to escape the challenges or the negative or the struggle. If an athlete did that they would never even start an event and they would have no idea what their potential is. My personal mantra when I’m faced with challenge is: “The only way out is through”. When you adopt this philosophy, then you tend to embrace the struggle and see it as stepping stones rather than road blocks. When we see the beauty in the struggle–the true benefits that emerge from it–we no longer need to reject it.

So think of what it would be like if you saw everything in life like this?

No one nor everything is always perfect, we cycle around in our behavior patterns and inevitably come back to challenge, negative and struggle. This perpetually repeats. We cannot escape it, but many people see repeatedly struggling as a failure (how many clients do you have like this?). We all have bad moments that challenge us—if you are human you have them. The tendency is to reject the challenge, negative and struggle. But what if you caught a glimpse of the beauty in your struggle and other peoples struggles? And what if you embraced it no different than an athlete embraces theirs?

1000m row
50 thrusters 45#
30 pull-ups

A. Snatch; build to a max
B. Clean; build to a max
C. Back squat; build to a 5rm
thrusters 95/65#
Box jumps (24/20, step down)

A. Clean deadlift; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; rest 3 min
B. TnG Power snatch; 10, 8, 6, 4, 2; rest 90 sec
C. 30 cleans for time 70% 1rm

A. Snatch
Take 15-20 minutes to build to a heavy snatch.
B. Clean & Jerk
Take 15-20 minutes to build to a heavy Clean & Jerk
C. Three sets of:
Front Squat x 2 reps
Rest as needed


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