Fulfillment, the Ultimate Fitness

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April 12 2011
For time:
24 Kettlebell swings (32/20)
800 m Run
24 Deadlifts (body weight)
50 Burpees
24 Pistols
250 Double Unders

Blog for April 12, 2011: http://www.crossfitla.com/cms/index.php/home/comments/when_the_why_becomes_big_enough_the_how_becomes_easy/

We were in the middle of doing the 2011 Open, where we later went on to Regionals and then the Games!


A) CFLA Baseline
500m Run
40 Squats
30 Situps
20 Pushups
10 Pullups

B) Nov 10, 2010
5 rounds, for time:
400m Run
15 Hang Squat Snatches (75#/45#)
15 Wall Ball (20#/14#)

Old School video of the Baseline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UNwjykyloI
Blog for Nov 10, 2010: http://www.crossfitla.com/cms/index.php/home/comments/the_pain_cave/

I learned a lot from our guests John Hackleman, Chuck Liddell, and my best friend Mike on the most recent episode of my podcast.

First Mike opened my mind by talking about the distinction between happiness and fulfillment. Fundamentally, we as humans would prefer both. However, he implied and I might agree that fulfillment is a broader, more far reaching human experience. Ultimately, may this be what we are after?

Then John Hackleman and Liddell talked about preparing their fighter, Glover Teixiera, for the impossible: a fight against Jon Jones – arguably the most talented mixed martial artist the UFC has ever seen. Essentially, they were not concerned about the enormity of the task. Rather, and like any great coach Hackleman focused on what he and his fighter could control: how hard they trained, and creating a game plane around Glover’s strengths. Hackleman and Liddell both reinforced that Glover is one of the hardest hitters of the time and that, “It only takes one punch.” A punch that unfortunately for Glover, never landed. If you saw the fight Saturday you know that Glover was simply outmatched by Jones. After the fight Glover gracefully admitted that he absolutely gave his best effort (not offering the excuse of his separated shoulder in the first round) and that Jones was simply a superior fighter.

I talked with Coach Hackleman on Sunday about the fight. Although Glover is not happy about the result he is actually good with experience because every faculty he has was tested, stretched and challenged like no other time in his career. This process of being pushed like that contributes to a sense of fulfillment that only comes from hard work and a long journey.

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Glover and our good friend John Hackleman



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