Workout of the Day

Movement Is For Everyone

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Today I'd like to share with you a short and inspiring video posted by Carl Paoli. Carl has been working recently with adaptive athletes, applying his knowledge about human movement and gymnastics to help people who've been told "you'll probably never _____ again" do things they thought they'd probably never do.

The thing is, this message of "you'll probably never..." isn't limited to medical prognoses for individuals faced with paralysis or extraordinary physical impairment. This message is subtly communicated to anyone deemed "too" anything -- too overweight, too underweight, too old, to uncoordinated, too timid, too whatever. The message may not be overt, but it sticks. Worst of all, we often tell ourselves these same messages of "can't" and "shouldn't" and "probably never" and "not meant to." Because we've been told this message over and over, because we're afraid, because ultimately it's easier to throw our hands up and say that we'll "probably never..." than it is to meet the challenge of trying, many of us decide that it's just not meant to be.

The message that Stouty and Carl are sharing in the video above is that the idea of movement not being for some people is a lie. Movement is for everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to move more, to move better, to accomplish something previously thought impossible. Perhaps it's crawling for the first time, perhaps it's sitting in a deep squat, perhaps it's walking on your hands.

Both stories -- the story of living in and accepting the "probably nevers" that you've been told or have told yourself, as well as the story of striving to do what you've been told you'll probably never do -- are played out daily. Which is your story?

- Preston Sprimont


1/10/17

  • Hang snatch - take 12 minutes to work up to heavy double

  • For time:

    • 200m run

    • 40 overhead squats (115/80)

    • 200m run