Friday 4.19.13



30 Clean & Jerks (135,95)

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Full Lockout. Check.

Full Lockout. Check.

Coaches Corner…With Coach Max

The Big Picture

                  In the wake of the tragic events that transpired this past Monday I sat back and tried to figure out what I could take away from this sad day. MDV came over that afternoon and upon entering stated that on his way in he dropped his Iphone and cracked the screen. He didn’t care; how could he? There were far worse things that could happen than a cracked screen.

Perspective. That is what we need to take away. It’s sad that it takes a truly horrific event to give us this perspective but so be it. We are all guilty of getting hung up on the small things. Someone cutting us off in traffic, slow service at a restaurant, a minor disagreement with a loved one…the list goes on and on. We can take this one step further, inside the four walls that we call our home away from home we all at one time or another get hung up on the small things. You miss a lift, miss your PR, the weight feels heavy, your double-unders have fallen apart (never happens to MDV or Geoff), again the list goes on and on…

I will be the first to admit that I’ve got hung up on the small things on many occasions; it’s the nature of the beast. We live in the moment, and at times missing that PR by a couple seconds seems like the end of the world. The truth is, it’s not, we are so lucky to do what we do. Ben talks about it all the time, we “get to” do this, because the reality is there are some people who can’t do what we do.  The next few weeks will be easy to keep things in perspective, taking that step back and seeing the big picture won’t be a problem. It’s months and years from now that will be the biggest challenge for most of us. We will never forget what happened on April 15, how could we?

Make a promise to yourself, to see the bigger picture, understand that small roadblocks will come up and you will get through them, be happy, be thankful for what you have, find that perspective. Also, give yourself a break, sometimes you will get caught up in the petty problems, that damn clean and jerk PR was so freaking close you could taste it! When that happens, take a step back, take a deep breath, and tell yourself how lucky you are to even have attempted that lift…then come back next week and hit it!



  1. dylan r

    Grace: 4:20 115#

    First time with Grace so that’s a PR. I’ll do it RX next time

  2. Grace: 6:42 rx at home (was stuck in lockdown at Beth Israel earlier).

    My last recorded Grace was 7:24 – although I missed recording one in between, I’m going to call this a PR.

  3. Posting late, but want it here. First Grace. 85# 2:55. Feeling the hammy a little but I think it’s just tight. Thanks to Jamie for being my partner!

  4. Dave P.

    Grace. 3:09 115#
    First time doing Grace. Next time going for Rex.


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