Mental Fortitude


This video has been circulating around facebook the past couple days…  Just watch the whole thing and think about what was going through this guys’ head.



Related to mental fortitude and motivation, I received a text last night from one of the RCF members, name will remain anonymous for I didn’t get permission to post.  But, this person has been super consistant and with a positive attitude, no matter how exhausted the WOD or class can get.


This was the message:

“Back squat 205 lbs.  Long way from not being able to do an air squat. Thanks. My legs have been getting worked.  Thanks again. I can and will do better!  Good workouts!  Thanks again!”


It’s messages like these that keep us motivated to continue to do what we do.  Thank you so much for every thing that each and every one of you bring to the table.


With that, sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to do, when you don’t want to do it.


This is one of the key elements that separates great athletes from good athletes.  In order to be great, one has to push that envelope.  Push through the hard times and not over look the crucial small things.  The mentality doesn’t start and finish in the weight room or the track.  Think about it, most that do train, train about an hour of hard physical training a day.  I know I know, some people are in the gym for multiple hours day, but how much of that is them just jaw jacking and stalling?  We are ALL guilty of it, but in the midst of “Fran,” that’s actual intense training.  You don’t have the energy to even say “Hi!”  So, an hour a day.  That leaves 23 other hours in the day that can jack your training up, or get you jacked.  Diet, sleep, stretching, stressors, recovery, and general lifestyle all play an intricate part of your process to achieving your goals.  With that said, it all comes down to discipline.  Do you posses the discipline to not drink that beer at night when you have to train at 0530;  or complete your L-Sits after the rowing “Diane” yesterday?  We can all justify why we don’t need to do this or that, but deep down we know it is not the right choice.  When push comes to shove, being great is not easy.  In life, you can’t just say you have a goal and expect to achieve it…  You have to bust your ass!  YOU have to put in the hard work, dedication, and make the right decisions to lead you on your path to success.  Choose which direction you want, at the end of the day, you are the only person you can count on in life. Get after it with everything you have, if you do this day in and day out, you will lead a life of success!


“Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

-Robert Frost

This entry was posted in Rocklin Crossfit Blog.


  1. Colleen November 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Thank you. Great food for thought and to remind us that the one hour in the gym is not enough to achieve our goals. I am learning that discipline is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, 365 day a year commitment. Results are coming slowly and it’s time to take it to the next level. The RCF family rocks!

  2. mark bowin November 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Wow,you never let up! Keep it coming ! Thanks mb