What is GRIT?
"Grit is passion and perseverance for very long term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in and day out. Not just for the week, not just for the month but for years and working really hard to make it a reality. Grit is living life as a marathon and not a sprint."
Recently I watched a TED Talk video featuring Physiologist Angela Lee Duckworth. In her recent book, "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance," she discusses her research into the characteristics of successful people. She argues that innate talent is less important to success than the willingness to persevere for long term goals despite difficulty and initial failure. Her research was rooted in student success in schools then progressed to adult achievement in upper education and in the workplace. What a perfect concept to apply to CROSSFIT!
In the video, Duckworth said people with grit, "Don't believe that failure is a permanent condition." Last week, I went to do some light Snatch work and I was almost brought to tears by how terrible it felt and looked. Coach Michael told me that "Tomorrow is another day!" and I did my best to leave those failures behind. Three days later, I PR'd my snatch by 10lbs! Big goals in benchmark WODs, lifts, movements, and skills are inevitable if you work on them, but it requires long-term effort and resilience. It doesn't matter what you look like, how much money you have, how educated you are, or how much natural talent you possess...nothing will win out over being downright GRITTY in your pursuit of success!!!
Get out there and get gritty today people!!!
<3 Coach Lauren :)
100m Jog out
100m Run back
10 Hand-release Push-ups
100m Butt Kickers out
100m High Knees back
10 Plyo Push-ups
Shoulders, Chest and Quads
Percentages are based off of last week's modified 1RM (old 1RM plus 5#)
15 Front Rack Stepping Lunges 75#/55#