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There are none. If you break your hand, you work around it.

Extreme Scenario: Train for when the zombies come. Do you think the flesh eaters are going to have pity on you and wait until you are full go to eat you? No. You have to be able to work through difficulties. (Ok, probably not going to have Resident Evil happen any time soon, but you might as well be ready.)

You have to adapt and thrive under adversity. Over coming difficulties build confidence. Knowing - not thinking or wishing or hoping - you can overcome what life throws at you is the essences of confidence. Getting up one more time than you fall.

Anyone can train under optimal conditions. Any one can stay snuggly in their comfort zones. Anyone can go to their favorite bar and platform and perform. How about when the bar sucks, the ground is uneven and you have to perform? Character is developed by such adversity.

Excuses - There are none.

If Only…


If only I had more time. If only I had more money. If only you had class at 8:00 PM. If only it wasn't so hard. If only I was stronger. If only I was more flexible. If only I didn't have to work so much. If only I had studied harder. If only I was smarter. If only I could be luckier. If only my wife were more supportive. If only my husband would listen. If only I were in better shape. If only I my boss would promote me. If only I had a new job. If only the WOD was easier. If only I could do pull ups. If only I had a new car. If only...


If only my aunt had balls she would be my uncle.


If only followed by a limiting contingency statement is a way people blame something besides themselves for the situation they are in.  It maybe people are avoiding a shortcoming that they really do not want to put in the work to overcome. It is a way of framing a scenario with that has a contingency of your success being based on something other than you. It is easier for people to swallow their current situations and their unwillingness to change it if they create condition that will never happen. If the variable that is limiting people is framed as something they cannot control, then the lack of success if someone else's fault. If is a method of blame shifting and un empowering ones self.


Examine your "If Only" statements. Maybe the if only isn't something you really want. The contingency you are self limiting yourself with may not be something you are really willing to work that had for.  Maybe the expectation isn't realistic. Maybe the person in your life that really is limiting you shouldn't be in your life. Examine, truly and deeply examine the "If only" statements you make. Examine your motivations and really decide if you there is an obstacle to your progress or if you are self limiting.


Re-frame the "If only" into "How can" statements. Let's say you examined your if only and there is a legitimate obstacle that needs to be overcome. Thinking of how can you solve the problems sets you free to overcome the obstacle you are facing. By asking a proactive question you can begin to work through a step by step process of creating a solution. Analyzing how to do something will lead to solutions that were never considered before.


Relating this to health and fitness: Everyone wants to be fit and life a healthy life. Everyone has work and family time that must be made a priority. Too often people say, "If only I could get to the gym more often then I could get in shape." The question is "How can I get to the gym three times per week?" Re-frame and be specific. Maybe ask this questions, "How can I be more efficient with what I do so I can have more time?" How can I workout enough so I can be mentally and physically stronger?


If only I could reframe my issues into "How Can" questions then I would get everything I want.

Great Job this Weekend…(Helen WOD, Mike Mahler Seminar and Filming of America’s Toughest Work Out)


Great job on the crew who did Helen before the Mahler Seminar!


Great job to everyone who came in for the Mike Mahler Seminar


Thanks for visiting guys.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the filming of America's Toughest Workouts today. 

Matt Chittle working the Butcher

Breaking in the new Rogue Butchers

Michelle Wong - University of Michigan Women's Rugby Team

Scott experimenting with some push/pull action. 

Thanks for the great weekend everyone.