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Don't Quit

In the bottom of a clean, quads burning, you’ll want to quit. 
Pulling deadlifts, the skin on your hands tearing, you’ll want to
quit.  Your body protesting, crying for relief as your veins pump
waste, you’ll want to quit.

Your mind will scream from its high
perch, commanding you to stop, lest you break, crash, and burn. 
Feeling the outer limits of your capabilities, it will hit every
physical and emotional alarm in the arsenal, rocketing pain, misery,
and doubt into your thoughts.

It would be easy to give in to the
hot rush of your brain’s emergency brake.  To drop the bar.  To get off
the rings.  To let your knees collapse as panic breaths heave through
your chest.

Standing
when you want to fall, punching when you want to tap out, and running
when you want to walk are the necessities of elite athleticism.

Don’t. 

Superhuman performance is separated from mere
fitness by the undeniable need to persist, to never give up.  Those who
achieve are resilient.  Standing when you want to fall, punching when
you want to tap out, and running when you want to walk are the
necessities of elite athleticism.

High intensity compound movement, performed with moderate loads,
will bring you face-to-face with this crux—quit or continue—faster than
anything else on earth. Unique in its ability to elicit pain, this
combination of distance and weight will expose your character with
every repetition.

When the knurling scrapes your shins, and your
traps bunch into knots, you’ll make a decision, one that will affect
every aspect of your life.  Give in to the agony, and you will always
give in.  Cave to demands that crush you, and you’ll always cave.  Roll
to the floor, and you’ll always exist beneath those who choose to stand.

Remember
that the walls of the gym are nothing more than physical barriers,
meant only to separate us from the elements.  What you do within those
walls will echo in your daily life, and you would do well to choose
your actions wisely.

Push for one more repetition. Live through
one more pull.  Get to your feet one more time.  This decision will
accumulate momentum with each iteration, and you will move into the
realm of greatness.  Like a boulder rolling downhill, you will become
unstoppable, undeterred by the falsehoods of your weak mind.

Next time the demons of hardship come rushing forward, push them
back.  When your muscles bellow for relief, carry on, and smile at the
sting.  You will become more than an athlete, and you will be amazing. 

Pam pushes through a set of jerks at CrossFit Boston.  No quit in her.  Photo courtesy of The Napping Poet.

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