If you have known about this reference for a long time, you may be a bigger nerd than me. I was listening to a podcast recently on the way to the gym and Louie Simmons was the guest. Louie Simmons is the founder and coach at the great Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. The man is basically a living legend. He’s forgotten more about weightlifting than most other coaches will ever know. Westside Barbell is known all over the world for its powerlifters. They have two men who have totaled over 2700 lbs (squat, bench, and deadlift) and dozens of men who bench and squat over 800 lbs.
I’m usually not one for any type of motivational anecdotes. I’m more of a do it, or don’t do it kind of guy. However, I like this reference because it goes along with my line of thinking. So, enough build up, here’s the story.
A long time ago, in a far faraway land there lived a powerful shogun who ruled the land. One of the shogun’s greatest warriors was becoming too powerful and the shogun ordered a hit on his family. The warrior came home to find his family was killed except for his infant son. The father gave his son a choice between a ball and a sword. He said,”Today I begin walking the road to hell, but you will choose your own path. Choose the sword and you will join me. Choose the ball and you will join your mother in death. You don’t understand my words, but you must choose.”
This ancient time is technically 1970s Japan, and it may or may not be fiction. (I’m no expert on Japanese history.) But I still like it. I like the idea of choosing my own path. I chose to pour myself into Crossfit and it’s had a profound effect on my life. You’ve all signed up to join the community. That’s half the battle. Now choose the sword and get your butt’s in the door!
Tadeh shows off his commitment to mental and physical health.
A. AMRAP 10 Minutes
1 Mile Run
Max Reps Front Squats (115/75)
B. AMRAP 10 Minutes
75 Double Unders
50 Box Jumps
25 Shoulder to Overhead (115/75)
Posted by Tyler