I Can’t, Because… (Tue 6/1/10)

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In CrossFit (as in life) you can have either excuses or results, but not both. You may have a very valid excuse for not getting your work done on time, not keeping your back arched, not having any money saved up, not going all the way down on your squat or whatever, but the reality is that if you have an excuse then there’s something awesome you’re missing out on. I’d be willing to bet that whatever it is, it’s probably something you want REALLY bad, yet for some reason you seem to find all kinds of reason you *can’t* get it, do it or be it, and it always seems to be caused by something completely outside of your control.

I call bullshit. The truth is that if you want results you’ll eliminate the excuses and find a way. I don’t care what the excuse is, how valid it is, how good it is, or how often it has happened to you – if you can articulate a reason that you don’t have the results you would ideally like to have, and if that reason remotely involves anything you can’t control, then you’ve got an excuse. And I hope it’s a really good one, because you’ve decided to live with IT instead of that result.

One of my favorite Greg Glassman quotes is, “Winners are remarkably adept at figuring out what’s required to win.” You’ll notice the ‘never say die’ kind of undertone to it. It doesn’t say “Winners are remarkably adept at finding excuses for why they can’t win.” Stop whining and get to it.

Another quote that bears mentioning was from the movie “The Rock”, where Sean Connery says to Nicolas Cage, “Losers always whine about their ‘best’…winners go home and f*** the prom queen.”

So get over yourself and lose the excuses. Nobody wants to hear them anyway. Get the results you want – it’s way cooler to be a badass than to whine about all the things holding you back.


Snatch Practice


5 Rounds for time:

10 Snatches (95/65)
15 Pushups
20 Box Jumps


30 Pistols on each leg

  • Matt

    Can they be power snatches?

  • Tai

    Matt asked the question, but I answer it for everyone here:

    The short answer is yes, they can be power snatches.

    Ideally they’d be full snatches, but ONLY if you’re ready for full snatches at that weight. If you’re not, then you’ll be far better off scaling the weight and/or range of motion so that doing this workout will actually help you improve your snatch rather than just give you 50 more reps to further reinforce a shitty one.

  • dan lau

    ” I call bullshit…”
    I love it!
    Good Blog Tai.
    Nice to meet you on Saturday bro…keep up the great work!