We brought out the dumbbells again this week for the WOD. I truly hope we don’t use them again… bring on the barbell! The WOD was tough, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about the WOD itself. I want to look at the movements and the struggle around them.

In this WOD we had Dumbbell Cleans, Dumbbell weighted Lunges, Toes to bar or knee raises, and Muscle Ups or chin ups. These are predominately body weight movements. For a large human… that’s where the struggle is to be found. Body weight is the whole problem we are having in life! We have too much body weight and we can’t move our weight like those fit little people! 🙂

This is my third Open experience. I have NEVER had a workout that I couldn’t do all the movements. I do most all of the workout scaled, but in this workout, I couldn’t even do the scaled… talk about a blow to the ego, pride, and my personal struggle. (scaled means that the prescribed movements have been altered so more people can do them and participate)

One of my goals is the do a pull up by age 40. I have to drop a lot of LBS in order to do that.

In this workout, I did all the movements (Scaled) until I hit the chin ups. At that point, I used all the remaining 6 minutes trying to do 1 single chin up. That’s right… 6 minutes pulling as hard as I can to get a single chin up… I failed. I progressively pulled harder and got further and further away from the bar as time ticked away. Very defeating. The rest of the WOD felt great. (Side note… my stamina is really coming along… I am able to workout harder and longer these days… that’s been pretty cool and surprising)

Thursday Night, when the workout was announced, I knew that I couldn’t do the movements. I knew that I didn’t stand a chance… the closest I’ve ever gotten to the bar is maybe 12 inches and there’s no way I was making up that gap.

Here’s the deal… what do you do when you realize that you can’t do the movements? What do you do when you hit a wall of opposition that you know you can’t get over?

Do you quit? Do you give up? Do you throw a pity party for yourself? Do you allow your pride and arrogance take over your mind? Do you complain and travel into negative town?

It’s in these moments that we decide what kind of person we are going to be. Will we be a victim, will we run, or will we fight? What do you do when the going gets tough?

Choose to fight! Choose to listen to that small voice inside you that says… but maybe, what if…

What if you do get through the wall?

What if you end up getting a chin up?

What if you surprise yourself and do the, seemingly, impossible?

What if a miracle happens?

I don’t know about you, but it’s a far better story that talks about the underdog who gave it hell or ended up doing the impossible. The better stories are all about doing and going after it, not giving up or falling prey to ego, pride, and negativity. What kind of story is your life telling? What kind of story do you want your life to tell?

Walls happen… failure happens… struggle happen…

Choose to Keep Going!


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