What’s really hard in life? Isn’t that a good question? I bet each of you reading this would give me a million different definitions of what is hard. Just this past weekend most of the staff and some Oak Park students headed to Malibu to play and learn at the XPT workshop.  Some of us had briefly talked about what was going to be hard for us individually. I thought getting to the ice bath wasn’t going to be that bad, my thought was “I’ll just breathe”. The hard part for me was getting myself to the bottom of the pool to pick up a dumbbell and bring it up to the surface. I KNOW that my breath is my biggest tool, because I use my breath to help keep calm in many situations.   When I’m under water… there is NO breath to be used.  So, what I perceived to be hard was (imagine that).  I had the biggest challenge moving under water with dumbbells, or I should say swimming with dumbbells was my biggest challenge. The thing is I know this is where my growth happens, when it’s uncomfortable and hard, and it’s usually the stuff I don’t want to do. THAT IS GROWTH. 

In 2012 I participated in one of my first Insight Seminars. The intention of insight is to learn to live from your heart. Now, I’m really talking about hard. The thing that was hard for me was getting up in front of all the participants to share.  We were invited to  get up in front of the group and share what we were aware of. I don’t usually think of myself as having trouble talking in front of people, unless of course I have to talk about my emotions. So, when I got up in front of the group all I did was cry. I couldn’t get words out of my mouth. I was so scared to talk about what I was feeling that the only thing I was able to do was cry. Over a few days it got better, but this was HARD and that was growth. 

I share all this with you because we all perceive things differently. What brings joy to me can bring a feeling of dread to you and vice versa. Our intention at Oak Park that we all want to learn, try new things and continue to work on the not so fun stuff as well as all the other fun stuff. As we do, we grow and become more balanced people both in and out of the gym.  I’ll always have to continually work on expressing how I feel, (which has gotten a lot easier), and remind myself to do that things that I don’t like doing and I appreciate having this community of support to do that. 

Wedesday’s Workout

“CF Games Open 17.1”
For time:
10 Dumbbell Snatches (50/35)
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24/20)
20 Dumbbell Snatches
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs
30 Dumbbell Snatches
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs
40 Dumbbell Snatches
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs
50 Dumbbell Snatches
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs
(20-minute time cap)

If you got time capped, add the number of reps you failed to complete to your time in seconds. E.g. If you got 210/225 reps (didn’t finish the last 15 Box Jumps) your time would be 20:15.


Thursday’s Workout

A) Ascending ladder for Quality and Creativity
4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16…….
Pull up
Push up
Squat x 2
Time cap: 15

B) Bench Press
Peak 5 x 4 @ 85%
Base 5 x 6 By Feel


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