The Tao of Rich

Workout of the day for Friday November 8th, 2013:

Friday Athlete’s Choice: Pick a Workout you missed earlier in the week or choose a classic benchmark such as:

“Helen”
3 Rounds:
Run 400 meters
21 Kettle Bell Swings 53/35lb
12 Pull-ups

“Diane”
21-15-9
Deadlift 225/155lb
Handstand Push-up

“Fran”
21-15-9
Thruster 95/65lb
Pull-up

Need some lifting to help get your Movember stash moving along, try:
Find your 1 Rep Max Clean & Jerk
Find your 1 Rep Max Snatch

In a recent blog post, The Tao of Rich by Chris Moore, Chris shares his insight on What it means to remain balanced and how to stay focused with our personal fitness goals.

Chris examines the success of the Champ, Rich Froning, his nice guy attitude, his ability to enjoy the experience and remain present in the moment, and his incredible work load.

“Do you ever just get tired of training, man? I mean, it’s not even noon and you’ve probably surpassed what most people do in an entire day, a few times over even.”

“Oh, it’s definitely tough. I just don’t think people realize what kind of challenge it is.”

“Oh yeah? What do folks say?”

“Well, there are a lot of people who think they would be great too if all they had to do during the day was train. But they don’t realize that I’m out here all day, from eight or nine in the morning, all the way to five or six o’clock at night. It’s not easy. It’s a full-time job.”

Don’t worry though, For most of us working out from 9-5 is not a realistic goal. Chris shares how we can each break through our own struggles by believing in the direction you are headed, putting in the work, and enjoying the struggle.

“I think many of us are really struggling with where we stand. What do you do when you have some weight to lose, or some strength to gain? Well, you look towards someone who’s go what you want. You seek to do as they do. You naturally start to reach out for it before you’ve really earned anything. It’s easy to go too far – To rush your development in order to take your premature shot. But what you don’t realize is that this is the all too common decision that’s jeopardizing your success.

Listen, you can fight all you want, but nothing’s ever going to run towards you until you unclinch the fists and let go of that urge. You have to be OK with what you are, where you stand. In the face of everything that’s challenging you, judging you, holding you back, or whispering in your ear about how you’re really not good enough. You have to remain as you are. You have to remain appreciative of how far you’ve come in order to get to where you’d like to go.

Look, I won’t bullshit you. Even if you do manage to remain present and patient as your capabilities improve, there’s no guarantee that you will ever be half as fit as the champ. But fortunately, for all of us, that’s of little consequence. You’ll still will wake up and become aware, happier, more balanced, and a more successful athlete and individual because of it.

Take this with you – Do your very best to maintain balance in life. You should have really well defined aspirations, but you shouldn’t try and grab what’s not yet within your reach. You are fine right here. Start walking. When the time is right things will begin to flow towards you, usually just before they start running. Don’t entertain the idea of quitting while you’re so close! Grind, grind away. Put in the work and be happy about it. When things get tough, remember that there’s nothing wrong with being uncomfortable for a while, doubtful and a bit scared at times. You just have to believe in what you’re doing and the direction you’re heading.”

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