Strength: 2 position clean (Hang/Floor) on the minute for 8 minutes @ 70%
Metcon – For Time:
Overhead Squats (95/65)
2011 was a great year for Steve's Club. I proudly worked with over 75 youth this year and I am very proud to say I had what I believe was a strong and positive impact on a great majority of the kids that called Steve's Club their second home. This year we also made progress carrying out our mission of the Steve's Club National Program to help bring CrossFit to at-risk youth in cities across the country. We now have 5 official Steve's Club in other cities around the country and continue to receive applications from folks looking to spread the Steve's Club concept in their local community.
Honestly I don't think I could have ever predicted any of this to happen since we started the first club in a small room of a community center around 6 years ago. I guess it is truly amazing what happens when you truly discover something you love to do, put your heart and soul into it and stay committed long enough to watch it evolve into something greater than the original idea.
But the purpose of this post is NOT to toot my own horn, talk about how great Steve's Club is or bore you with all the trial and tribulations I faced along the way.
Instead, I want to share a piece of advice that was further reinforced in 2011 and what I believe is a very useful piece of advice for years to follow.
(please forgive me in advance if you find this too "cliche")...
Committment is key.
Without question, if you are unwilling to fully commit yourself, it matters not how much talent you have or how great the coaching you receive. If you are unwilling to fully commit, opportunities will pass you by. The absolute greatest are always linked to their work ethic – and we aren’t just talking about basketball players. In any field of endeavor, you must work on a continual basis if you want to stay moving in a positive direction. While Michael Jordan was immensely talented, it was his work ethic that separated him from the rest of the NBA. It was obvious that he fully understood the importance of work when he said:
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things halfheartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect halfhearted results. That’s why I approached practices the same way I approached games.”
Jerry Rice is to football what Michael Jordan is to basketball. He is simply considered to be the greatest to ever play the position of wide-receiver. Unlike Michael Jordan, he came from a small college into the NFL. To many, Rice is an ultra-talented receiver. But those close to him know better – they know all that he had to do to become the greatest. In his book, “Think Like A Champion,” Denver Bronco head coach Mike Shanahan wrote the following on Rice:
“Most people, for whatever reason, think natural ability is the most important power a person possesses. It’s not. People who achieve the highest level of success have an unbelievable work ethic, the desire to sacrifice. Everybody thinks Jerry Rice is the best receiver out there. He certainly is talented, but I guarantee you he’s not even close to being the most talented. He’s not the strongest or the fastest. Be he is the most determined. Jerry’s mind set was that nobody was going to work harder, prepare better, or sacrifice more. He convinced himself that he was going to outwork every receiver who came into the league relative to conditioning, lifting, studying — everything. He knew that people might not enjoy the practice, but you can’t get to be the best without.”