“When there is enough will and aggression, there is no shortage of talent.”
– Jurgen Klinsmann Head Coach US National Soccer Team
You read my posts and how I link success to our natural instincts. Our nature is to survive. In a previous article, “The Id, Ego, and Super Ego”, I wrote about the misuse of the word ego and how ego is essential to high self worth. Accomplishing goals fuels our ego, self worth and narcissism. Those traits aren’t bad… as long as they are kept with humility. I don’t respect any man or woman that says “check your ego.” I’d rather you bolster it! Hell yeah… get stronger and tell yourself you’re becoming better. Tell yourself you are stronger than your peers. You are what you believe you are. There is nothing unhealthy about being better than, and knowing you are better than the next guy/girl.
Yet the trick is simply knowing it. There is no reason to brag or boast. If you are better than the next guy, he already knows it. There is no need to rub in his face. Better, help him to improve. Teach him what you know. Sharing your knowledge will only make you better.
A healthy ego and a bit of humility are traits found in most successful people. Successful people do not want or wish to accomplish their goals, they know they can. It is part of a deep rooted aggressiveness built into each and every one of us. Obviously there is a huge difference between being aggressive and being aggressive towards others. I don’t purvey the later. But the former is absolutely necessary in gaining and maintaining your goals.
Understanding we humans are animals with deep rooted instincts vital to our survival will help you better understand yourself and why you want to lift more than others, sprint faster than your classmates, and why your performance increases 7-10% when that hot guy/girl is present. If you’re not sure about the last one… ask Cody about his last Front Squat PR. Ha.
A caveat… <PAY ATTENTION!> being better than your peers in the gym isn’t always about lifting more. It can easily be about lifting better. I.e., with better form. Quality is more to be proud of than quantity in this case. To all you that sacrifice form for sheer pounds on the bar, give that some thought.
Read this one: Man is Wolf is Man
by Eric Auciello / Elite FTS
Men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved. We are, on the contrary, instinctively aggressive. This aggression is often directed toward other humans (sorry, neighbor). It’s in our DNA. We can’t help it, and we sure as hell shouldn’t fight it. But if we can better understand it, I’d argue that we’d all be happier for it.
Read entire article <here>.
There are checks and balances to all of nature’s forces. If your ego gets to big for its proverbial britches, there will always be someone that can check it for you. There are many strong CrossFitters… but strength is relative to your sport. Watch the vid below as Lydia Valentin hits a 122kg (269lbs) Snatch at a body weight of 74.5kg (163lbs).
4-6 Back Squat + 3 Drop Jump (36/30)] x 5 – 3 minutes rest b/tw sets
5 Sled Push 10m (+90lbs/+50) – 1 minute rest b/tw sets
8-10 Split Squat (per leg) x 3 – 1 minute of rest b/tw sets
After VERY thorough warm up…
Hang Snatch -work up to heavy double in 8 minutes
Hang Clean – work up to heavy double in 8 minntes
Complete all CrossFit work above.