The Common Denominator of Excellent Performers

In a recent interview, former SEAL Team 6 operator, Andy Stumpf, mentioned a simple drill he has students of his leadership course do. He promptly described a remedial drill that’s done at every Hold the Standard Summit. While Andy has visited DEUCE, I can say we’ve never spoken about this drill. 

How is that possible?

It’s not just possible, it’s obvious. This is because the most profound truths are the most replicated. Andy learned this truth in his career as a member of the world’s most elite fighting force. It’s a lesson he would have eventually learned if he never served in the military later as a world-record holder for his base jumping feats. It’s a simple truth I learned in a much less successful, much less consequential athletic career. 

No matter what the circumstances are, any participant in a difficult and meaningful undertaking will soon learn that one’s focus ought to be consumed with that which he/she can control despite the irony and difficulty therein. 

To be clear, the drill is simple. Regardless of the task at hand, you can draw a line down the page and list the parts of the undertaking that are under your control and list those that are not. Redouble your attention to the list of things within your control and spend no time concerned with the other list for best results. 

Carry on.

6/16/23 WOD

DEUCE Athletics GPP

4 rounds
4 Single Arm Suitcase Deadlifts + :10 Hold (Right & Left)

3 rounds for quality
4 Alligator walks + push-up
16 Gorilla KB Rows(Total)

Minute 1: 15 Fat Bar Inverted Rows
Minute 2: 15 Double KettleBell Swings



Axle Strict Press

Then, complete 3 rounds for quality of:
10 Tempo DB Flys (40X1)
10 Roll Back Triceps Extensions + Max Floor Presses

Then, AMRAP 10
8 1-Arm DB Front Squats – Left
12 Hand Release Push Ups
8 1-Arm DB Front Squats – Right
12 Toes-to-Bar