Today's blog is written by JB Jennings. JB is a member of CrossFit 818's Coach Development Program and coaches a couple of classes a week on Friday afternoons.
There have been times my mind has taken me back to a hot July South Carolina day. My face was covered in a stinging sweat as my gear weighed on me, covered in sand fleas and soaked in mud and water. I dropped down from an eight foot wall exhausted. It was towards the end of the obstacle course and I stayed in a kneeling position for a little while after I landed. I felt sorry for myself and asked what the hell was I doing here? Soon after I was lifted to my feet and slammed against the wall. The brim of a drill instructor’s Smokey Bear hat jabbing me in the bridge of my nose and tiny projectiles of spittle struck me in the face. The words that followed made all of the pain, fatigue and frustration disappear. “We don’t quit! Keep moving!“ Suddenly nothing existed but the end of that obstacle course, as my focus honed and my determination grew.
“We don’t quit!” stuck with me throughout my Marine Corps career and took on new meaning as I transitioned out of the military. In difficult situations that ranged from running for cover from incoming rocket fire, to transitioning out the military into civilian life, “We don’t Quit! Keep Moving” has been that tipping point, that voice that drowns out fear, fatigue and frustration.
“We don’t quit!” sums up why I am encouraged when I do not get the results I planned to. I believe that there is no such thing as failure, because we always succeed at producing a result. What we do with that result and the questions we ask ourselves makes the difference in how far we go and in what direction. Thomas Edison took over 10,000 attempts to make a light bulb, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and Bill Gates nearly failed out of Harvard. “We don’t quit!” whether it is in a short time span or the long run. The greats in anything are the ones who keep going until they find a way. “We don’t quit! Keep moving!”
A. Every 90 Seconds for 30 Minutes:
2 Snatch Grip Deadlift
2 Hang Power Snatch
2 Overhead Squats
*add weight every 6 minutes
B. Row 1000m For Time
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