WOD for Monday, March 27, 2012

 ~By James Villepigue CSCS & Hobie Call



Hard Work ALWAYS Beats Talent Alone!

People who are interested in running an Obstacle Race like the Spartan Race are constantly approaching me, asking if they really need to train and prepare for the race.


They believe that because they posses some natural physical talent, are in decent shape, and can run a couple of miles every other day, that they will conquer any course.


Here’s the deal – talent will only get you so far. Despite possessing natural abilities, if you don’t work hard enough to maintain it or work on improving those talents, you’ll get left behind – Just ask Hobie Call!


There have been many athletes throughout history, whose natural talent and physical prowess allowed them to dominate their respective sport and based on their extraordinary abilities, we assumed it would carry over to a future as a hall of famer.


We’d be confident enough to bet that they’d one day be considered one of the best there ever was, only to eventually see them beaten down to the bottom of the barrel due to lack of discipline and a poor work ethic.


Hard work beats talent, because talent always has the hunger of hard work chasing it down.


While there are many talented athletes who have failed and self sabotaged themselves, due to poor work ethic, there are the hungry ones who have masterfully succeeded because they wouldn’t settle and refused to allow their competition to get the best of them.


They were the first ones in the gym and the last one to leave. Hardworking individuals oftentimes last longer in their careers than those who waste time and ultimately waste their talent.


The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. Always keep in mind that the best of the best trained hard to get where they are.


So, which do you possess…Talent to get you by or the hunger & heart to become your very best?
Keep Going…

Your Coach,

James Villepigue & Hobie Call



Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
-John Maxwell

How do you react to adversity?

200 lunges
25-50 push ups
run 15 minutes
200 body weight squats
25-50 push ups
run 15 minutes

Repeat sequence if needed.  Beginners can spend their entire working on one of the above exercises.  Practicing form requires great focus.  Even the most elites can benefit from revisiting their workout exercises with the mind of a beginner.

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