Taking Out the Trash

If you’ve ever read or seen Peaceful Warrior (which I’ve made reference to before), you know what I mean. In Peaceful Warrior, a collegiate gymnast (Dan) gets life changing coaching from a place he’d least expect it. His unexpected coach happens to be a mechanic, but has incredible insight into the power of the mind. His Socratic questioning forces Dan to visit his own thoughts for some much needed house cleaning.

Much of the story illustrates a young, talented but mentally weak athlete, who has managed to be his own worst enemy. His own mind is his toughest competitor. The countless lessons taught to the gymnast have nothing to do with gymnastics, however, and everything to do with his mind. The first lesson in the film is a skill his coach calls, “Taking out the trash,” which is in reference to clearing the clutter of thoughts that often lie between Dan and his successes.


The concept is universal. Athlete or not, we all have been guilty of letting the garbage of our own mind and self talk impede our lives. A cluttered mind can create road blocks for action. The consequences of mental garbage can have negative effects on happiness, performance, health, or otherwise.

Clear mind. Full heart. Can't lose.

What better place to practice “taking out the trash” than Functional Fitness on the Bluffs. In class, for example, the task at hand doesn’t mind much about what kind of day you had, what your finances look like, or if you’re relationship is on the rocks or not. This is one of those skills that is easier said than done, but the value is limitless. The moment is best executed alone. Past and future need not be taken into account.

Where are you? Here.

What time is it? Now.

Logan Gelbrich


Wednesday’s Workout:

5×5 Barbell Row


3 rounds:
In 2 minutes:
25 Burpees
Max Distance OH Walking Lunge
-Rest 1 minute-

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