No Pain, No Pain

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I recently saw a post from an athlete: “Without struggle, there is no progress.” I didn’t mean to roll my eyes — there’s a lot of judgement when rolling ones’ eyes — but I have to admit I’m tired of that style of fitness rhetoric. That type of sentiment along with No Pain, No Gain and the like do not motivate me. Ok, sure, set backs and failure are definitely opportunities to improve, but must those opportunities feel like I’m Sisyphus endlessly rolling that damn boulder up a hill? That struggle-to-progress equation certainly didn’t work out for him.

Currently I’m reading a book by a Buddhist monk who writes that unskilled action is unconscious action and one that is rooted in pain and suffering. If we act from an unskilled place, we perpetuate pain and suffering. Skilled action is conscious action and is based in awareness, love, and openness and this action leads to well-being. I have progressed more in the last few years from that skilled perspective than all the decades I struggled as a kid and young adult. I now do things because they move me, mean something to me, bring me joy, are in service of others. And I have progressed exponentially because of it. I do experience challenges like anybody, but I don’t feel they are the key to progress. I have learned from challenges, no doubt, but I’m not trying to keep myself in a state of challenge because that’s the only way I’ll progress. The majority of time I learn and grow from awareness and love, and sometimes I learn from challenging opportunities. And even then, I don’t allow challenges to feel like a boulder of necessary burden.


Friday’s Workout
Practice

A)
FQ
Clean
5-5-5-5-5 (8/10 difficulty)

B)
BASE
QAMRAP 15
10 V-ups
15 Lateral Box jump and overs (12/8)
250m Row
200m Run

PEAK
FQT
1k Row
Then:
3 Rounds
20 V-ups
15 Lateral Box jump and overs (12/8)
Then:
800m Run

Saturday’s Workout

FT:
25 Thrusters (95/65)
5 Burpees
400m Run
20 Thrusters
10 Burpees
400m Run
15 Thrusters
15 Burpees
400m Run
10 Thrusters
20 Burpees
400m Run

Monday’s Workout
Practice

A)
BASE
FQ
Bench
10-10-10-10-(10) (By feel, LESS THAN 60%)

PEAK
FQ
Bench press
65% x 3
75% x 3
85% x 3+

B)
FQ
EMOM 10
2 Clean lift-offs
2 Clean pulls
2 Clean high pulls

C)
BASE
In 10min:
FQT
800m Run
Then:
AMRAP
12 DB Suitcase lunges (1/2 BW / 1/3 BW)
12 Toes to bar

PEAK
4 RFQT
200m Run
16 DB Suitcase lunges (1/2 BW / 1/3 BW)
16 Toes to bar

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