One of my favorite movies of all time is A League of Their Own. Not only does it center around one of the greatest sports of all time, it also is the birthplace of one of the most profound quotes I have ever heard:
“It’s supposed to be hard! If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great!” – Jimmy Dugan
Seriously, if you have not seen this movie, get after it now! Haha. Even if you do not like baseball, you will love this movie.
The quote above can go with anything in your life. I guarantee you have had a massively easy job at some point in your life. We all have had a “filler” job so to speak; something to settle for to either keep us busy or because we were in need of a job and feel desperate for any position. Did you like that job? Oh, so an easy job is boring? Why? I will tell you why. You weren’t challenged. Nothing pushed you to do your work and in some cases the work you did was so easy that you began to ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”
When things are hard, they are challenging. When you go through something, whether it is a career that you are trying to advance in, or a life event that pushes you emotionally or mentally, that feeling you get when you reach that goal or conquer that obstacle is probably the greatest feeling in the world. You feel like you made it! You feel like you did something that at one point seemed impossible, but you made it possible. It is by far, the greatest feeling in the world.
So when you come into the box here at CrossFit Unbound, reaching that feeling should not be any different. Every time you come here you should have that fight. It should be hard. It should challenge you in every aspect of fitness possible. If you end a workout feeling like a million bucks, you are doing it wrong. However, if you fall down in exhaustion at the end of a WOD, you did it right. You fought; you gritted your teeth, heck you may have almost thrown up. Regardless of what you felt, I hope it hurt!
We have hero WODS for a couple reasons. The first is to honor those who have fought and died for their country. What they did was hard and regardless of those hardships, they fought on for you and me. The second reason is to show us how hard things can be. That no matter the difficulty you can accomplish your goals, your dreams, and conquer your fears just as our heroes did.
I would like to direct you to a page that isn’t as heartfelt as this blog, but it’s funnier and cuts to the chase. Click here for the page. *There is swearing in the article. A warning for those who it might offend.