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    Ending on Empty

    Ending on Empty

    We always have more inside of us than we think we do.

    In a tough workout, we may be exhausted, but we can always keep pushing for another 10 or 20 seconds. We get outside of our comfort zone and push just a bit more than we thought we could. In the midst of a game, you can bet that despite how tired we are, we’ll find the energy to push for one or two more plays in an attempt to win.

    Derek Redmond may be one of the most famous Olympians of all-time – even though he never actually won an Olympic gold medal. Many of us wouldn’t know his name immediately. But have you ever seen the video of the Olympian hobbling to the finish line, face in tears, as his father helps carry him down the final stretch of the track?

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    End on Empty

    “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

    End on empty.

    How many times have you gotten to the end of the workout, and wished you’d pushed yourself harder? It’s easy to coast sometimes, thinking we’re going as hard as we can. Yet, we leave and in the back of our minds, know we didn’t give it all we’ve got. We cheated ourselves from pushing our limits that day. So we find more motivation the next time we enter the gym to go harder and try to leave it all out there.

    How many of you athletes remember the last game you played? Did you leave everything out on the field, being completely empty of energy/strength/fire at the final whistle because you gave your all?

    Or how about those of us who have lost someone dear this year – we always look back wish we’d said one more “I love you” or gave one more affirmation that we let go unsaid.

    For better or worse, 2016 isn’t over yet.

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    Don’t Wait.

    “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” – Pearl S. Buck You tell yourself that tomorrow is the day that you’ll conquer your fear of CrossFit. Maybe you have the itch to finally start that business you’ve been...

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    The Barbell Doesn’t Care

    Skinny. Large. The barbell doesn’t care what size you are. The barbell doesn’t care what color your hair is, or if you even have hair on your head. Games strong. Rookie “strong.” The barbell doesn’t care.

    It doesn’t judge you based on physical appearance. It doesn’t judge you based on what your body fat percentage is. It judges you on if you can lift it. It judges you if you have the heart to keep lifting it when you get tired and worn out. It judges you when you set it down and face whatever life throws at you head-on. Lift it heavy. Lift it light and fast. Move it up and down or side to side.

    Just move the damn barbell.

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