Be a Winner, Get Knocked Out

When’s the last time you tried your very best and lost? Scratch that. When’s the last time you put your mind to something, said you were going to do it, prepared, and went out to execute and lost? I talking about those times where you’re reflecting on your failure and there’s not an excuse or explanation for it. Simply, you got beat.

We need more of that in this world.

This whole ‘elite fitness’ thing attracts Type-A, go-getters like moths to a flame. Now, I’m as allergic to losing as much as the next guy, but if you can’t get your ass kicked every now and then you aren’t half of the badass you’re telling yourself you are.

Frankly, I’d like to call myself a winner. I’d like to believe that I chronically win, in fact. I’ve done it on some pretty big stages, and will continue to do it. I’ll be the first to tell you I’ve also given a full effort and fallen flat on my face a good thousand times or so, too. I don’t mean “you win some you lose some” either. I talking about big time, embarrassing, no doubter-type ass kickings.

Surely, to be a winner you never seek or even expect to lose. Ever. If you’re really in the game, however, it does happen. So, let’s revisit my question above. If you can’t recall a time that you put out your very best effort only to fall hard, I’d argue that you probably aren’t even in the game. If you’d like to beg to differ, I can tell you for certainty that you aren’t playing anything serious.

Let’s get it straight. “Winners are gunna win,” but if you haven’t got you teeth kicked in, not only are you not a winner, you’re not even a player.


Logan Gelbrich


5/28/15 WOD

Back Squats

Complete 5 rounds for time of:
7 Toes to Bar
10 Wall Balls (20/14)
7 Hang Cleans (155/105)