Adversity Antidote: Community

Legendary Coach, Pat Riley, used to say that every individual and organization will face “thunderbolts” of adversity. The great individuals and teams, of course, are the ones that manage these bouts with adversity well. While this isn’t a novel concept to you, the reader, hearing some useful insights as to how you might manage the thunderstorm may very well be.

The photo above is from a 9AM GPP class. All those smiling faces are people that, amidst the trials and tribulations of their day to day lives, made it a point to show up and accomplish some training for themselves.This is worth paying attention to, because I’d bet that each of them has, at least, one reason for choosing to stay to themselves that day that we’d never blame them for. Nonetheless, they choose to lean on the community and come to train with the group.

The first, and potentially most valuable, tactic for when your hit with a “thunderbolt” of adversity is to surround yourself with support structures. A community can save the day better than anything. Yet, what do we do when we begin to struggle?

All too often we choose to isolate. Here the darkness gets darker and ruts get deeper. The adversity might be unavoidable sometimes, but who you surround yourself with in those moments isn’t.


Logan Gelbrich


3/6/18 WOD

Complete the following for time:
40 Alt Pistols
40 Wall Balls (20/14)
400m Run
40 Alt DB Snatches (50/30)
40 Wall Balls
400m Run
40 Toes-to-Bar
40 Wall Balls