John coaches StuLu during the burpee section of the “Filthy Fifty.”
“There is something extremely, psychologically liberating about continually failing.”
Over the past two weeks, as John recovered from the plague/swine flu/something nasty, I had the opportunity to take the helm at MPH. During this time, I saw clearly that you are stronger, push harder and look better while moving. This is to be expected, as we frequently emphasize the basics of squatting, pulling and pressing. We often lift heavy so that you develop raw, absolute strength, which in turn will help improve metabolic conditioning workouts.
Something else I saw: during the”Filthy Fifty”, everyone—everyone—made it through that terror of a workout. For some, it was the motivation of a previous score to beat, but for many of you, who have never had the pleasure of 500 repetitions of gut-checkers like wall-ball, knees-to-elbows or (my personal favorite) burpees, it was the drive to finish. It was amazing to see you throw caution to the wind and just go. And go. StuLu (pictured above) needed a little help during the burpee section. Still sick, Coach Main did every single burpee with him, and the whole class finished the last 10. It felt good to be a part of StuLu’s burpees, because this is the collective intensity that pulls us together, and makes us all better athletes.
Each workout, we learn that we can always do another burpee, that we have it in us to go hard—harder than we may have thought possible. Pushing through workouts with intensity will make you stronger both mentally and physically. We want you to go until you redline—until you nearly crash—then we want you to go some more. By not pacing, not thinking and instead simply assaulting whatever is in front of you, you will do things that you never thought you could. If, instead, you fail, then so what? What better place to crash than on the training floor with your teammates, who, believe me, will make sure that you finish? Training at this level is the only way to forge past self-imposed limits and unlock your athletic potential.