“That Very Enemy Is Your Friend”

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“It is hard to make that boat go as fast as you want to. The enemy, of course, is resistance of the water, as you have to displace the amount of water equal to the weight of men and equipment, but that very water is what supports you and that very enemy is your friend. So is life: the very problems you must overcome also support you and make you stronger in overcoming them.” – George Yeomen Pocock

I’m currently reading The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, which recounts the story of the 1936 US men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team. I’ve saved a number of powerful excerpts from the book including the quote above by George Yeomen Pocock (an internationally acclaimed designer and builder of racing shells, the boats used in rowing).

When I read this quote, I immediately thought of what we do here at the School of Mastery. Our workouts are hard, and the barbell or the task at hand can seem like your enemy when you are in the thick of a workout. But that “enemy” is the very thing that makes you stronger. Exactly as Pocock said: “So is life.” There are a lot of life lessons to be learned in the gym, if you’ll let yourself be open to learning them.

Thursday’s Workout

A) For quality load, working up across sets

B) 3RFQ on the 4:00
20 Air squats 2-1-X-1
5 Squat cleans (60%)
–3min Cap–

And Coming Friday

500m Row
12 Alt KB Snatches (24/20)
12 Toes to bar



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