Tuesday 2.5 : Doing The Right Thing

Tuesday 2.5 : Doing The Right Thing

Just do the right thing first, then you save yourself a lot of headaches.

I feel like this is a quote from myself that I say maybe 5+ times each day with my high school kids. In case you haven’t experienced it recently, high school kids can be a pain in the ass sometimes. What is astounding to me is how often they create their issues for themselves. I could tell stories for days about times where a kid got in any range of trouble, from small things like being late or not handing in an assignment, even to large things like in school suspensions or worse and it was all created by their own decisions.

I try and preach to them that they control their fate much more than they know. While it’s tough really reaching them in a 45 minute weightlifting class 4x a week, it’s great because it’s a class where they see results from their work in it probably faster than any other class they take. I don’t think their study time on the zero product postulate is bringing them the gains like the 1 rm back squats we did this past Friday, but what do I know? Not the ZPP I’ll tell you that much.

A big reason why I harp on this aspect of life, other than I just think it’s moronic to cause so much trouble for themselves, is it’s really a lesson that can be learned for all of life. Yeah, like Forrest Gump said, shit happens, but we also can control everything from where our steps are before and after the shit and even what foot hits the shit if one must hit it. The crazy thing is when you think about almost everything that happens in our lives big and small, it all starts somewhere small, with one decision made by us.

Something like a new job or a promotion might seem out of our control, and yes obviously it’s not immediately at our command, but the decisions we make every day from what we wear to when we show up and obviously how we work goes into that decision for that employment (sexism, racism, etc. not withstanding and no, this isn’t that kind of blog tonight).

Bringing it more micro, the start towards that promotion might be showing up early each day, or earlier than the next guy/girl. To do that you might need to catch and earlier train or get ahead of traffic. All of that could be a matter of 15 minutes earlier waking up. Think about that. How often do we waste 15 minutes in our day when it isn’t curled up in our bed? Those 15 minutes of snoozing seem like a never ending eternity we cannot do without, but we easily throw that time away on facebook, instaface, and tweeting. I think we can all get out of that bed and just get the day started. Make that decision, and who knows where it leads.

I love this when related to what we do here at CrossFit Lando because so much of what we are here for is within our control. So often our fitness when it gets out of control in the sense of beyond where we want it it seems so far from being able to be reeled in. While we certainly won’t get as fit as we want in 1 day, it has to start with 1 day. The quest to that new pant size, that new look in the mirror, that new back squat PR can be easily traced back to when we decided to stop kidding ourselves with the idea that donuts after working out are good for us and eating clean 100% of the time is actually the best thing for our health, especially the older we get.

I did this with all my classes today and I urge you to play along. Think about the things you go through in a given day this week. Write them down if you have to. Then think about how a decision you made, a thing you controlled, affected what you did or what happened. What’s crazy, and a bit fu**ed up, is how often even the shit that seems so messed up and out of our control (Thursday random traffic in the entire Boston area at any time of the day) actually was a result of a decision we made earlier that very day. I will be the first person to motherf**k traffic when it messes me up, but when I practice this I almost always realize it was my own actions that got me there after all.

See how many things you are actually in control of just in a days time that run the course of that day. I’m not talking about the entire weight loss quest just what you ate kind of thing. We will get to the macro of it in a day or two. Then of course none of this matters if we don’t do something with it. That is next weeks blog, I choose to focus on this for this week at this time…Ok stretched that one…

TUESDAY
CrossFit

Strength: Press + Push Press
5 sets of ME Press, 1-3 reps, then ME Push Press once you are done/fail Press. All in 1 set. Increase as able until you cannot do 1 + 1.

WOD: For Time
20 Burpees
then 3 Rounds
12 STOH 95/65
14 Hang Power Clean
20 Abmat Situps
then 20 Burpees

S: 75/55, 15 Burpees
L1: 75/55
Rx+: 115/75

Strong
Lift: Press + Push Press
5 sets of ME Press, 1-3 reps, then ME Push Press once you are done/fail Press. All in 1 set. Increase as able until you cannot do 1 + 1.

Accessory: 3 Rounds
5-10 Ring Dips
5-10 Strict Pull-ups
10-20 KB Swings, OH

Conditioning: For Time
20 Burpees
then 3 Rounds
12 STOH 95/65
14 Hang Power Clean
20 Abmat Situps
then 20 Burpees


The Program

1. Strength and WOD

2. 5 Rounds
Row 750m
rest 1:1

3. 10 minutes work on HS walk or Kip of HS Push-ups

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