Res firma mitescere nescit (Fri 4/2/10)

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How often do you finish a WOD really strong and then, after you can breathe again, think back and say to yourself (or someone else) that if you’d gone that hard through the whole thing you could’ve shaved off a ton of time?

Res firma mitescere nescit is a latin phrase meaning “a firm resolve does not know how to weaken.” I saw it several years ago in the movie “American Flyers,” where it was explained as, “loosely translated it means ‘once you’ve got it up, keep it up.'” In CrossFit this would simply mean that you shouldn’t pace yourself because you know you have lots more to do, just hit it hard right out of the gate and keep that intensity up throughout. Make it so that when you finish the WOD you can look back and know without a doubt that you did the absolute best you could through the whole thing. It’s not only the best way to get the incredible results that are typical with CrossFit, but if you don’t approach it that way then why did you become a member in the first place?

And yes, my new favorite phrase “mediocre sucks” applies here too. Don’t HAVE potential – BE your potential, give everything you’ve got and give it in everything you do. It will hurt a good deal more than you may be used to, but it’s no secret that CrossFit hurts. If you want to be awesome (and every one of you told me you did when you signed up), embrace the concept of “res firma mitescere nescit.”

Today’s WOD:


1 Mile Run
100 Pullups
200 Pushups
300 Squats
1 Mile Run

Break up the pullups, pushups and squats any way you like. Rx’d is wearing a 20 lb weight vest – and we’ve got two.

  • Mike C.

    Oh lord.

  • Oliver

    Oh my my

  • Dan

    Ha, ha, ha, very funny, Tai. April Fools was yesterday…we’re petting kittens for time, right?

  • Eric

    Okay… I’ll knock out a few miles before the workout so that I can concentrate on the 100-200-300 reps during the WOD. Sound good?

  • Mark

    אוי מיין ייקינג צוריק!

  • shawn

    All concerned might like to know where this workout came from….. It was from one of my Teamates here at Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One. He also did this with a weighted vest on. He was a workout animal and could motivate ANYONE! He is truly missed.

    I thought I would share this to help those who think this is hard, to try harder, he would have.