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The only way out is through

Great words from today’s OPT’s Blog: http://optexperience.com

“… there is inherent beauty inside of struggle. Fitness is an excellent example of this. Athletes enter into a competition (or class) knowing that there is going to be challenge. Not only do they know it, but they embrace it and we love to watch it. It’s the challenge that brings out their full effort, builds confidence, increases their bandwidth, teaches them lessons, and the list goes on.

But in everyday life, people often want to escape the challenges or the negative or the struggle. If an athlete did that they would never even start an event and they would have no idea what their potential is. My personal mantra when I’m faced with challenge is: “The only way out is through”. When you adopt this philosophy, then you tend to embrace the struggle and see it as stepping stones rather than road blocks. When we see the beauty in the struggle–the true benefits that emerge from it–we no longer need to reject it.

So think of what it would be like if you saw everything in life like this?

No one nor everything is always perfect, we cycle around in our behavior patterns and inevitably come back to challenge, negative and struggle. This perpetually repeats. We cannot escape it, but many people see repeatedly struggling as a failure (how many clients do you have like this?). We all have bad moments that challenge us—if you are human you have them. The tendency is to reject the challenge, negative and struggle. But what if you caught a glimpse of the beauty in your struggle and other peoples struggles? And what if you embraced it no different than an athlete embraces theirs?”

Friday’s Workout

GGHS Fundraiser


Saturday’s Workout

Skill: Weighted Dips-Bar Dips-Jumping Dips 5×5


8 Sets:

30sec Max Wall ball

30sec Max Anchored Sit ups

Wall Ball Weight: ADV (20/14) INT (18/12) BEG (16/10)

REST 30 seconds between

Come Early, Stay Late

CrossFit is defined as “constantly varied, functional movement, executed at high intensity”.

Most people fall in love with CF because of the infinite variation. I’ve personally been doing CF for almost 4 years and I’m still doing workouts that I”ve never done before. I am allowed to program as creatively as possible. Each workout is completely different from the day before. The only thing I guarantee to you, as an athlete, is that next Wednesday’s workout will be absolutely different from the one you perform today. That’s the double edge sword.

On one hand, this style of training doesn’t allow monotony to set in. We rise to something new everyday! Exciting. 🙂

On the other hand, it takes a really long time to master these movements since we might only practice them once every couple of weeks 🙁

So the question is how can we get better at them in a shorter amount of time?

Simple. Come early, stay late. 

If you haven’t performed handstands in a couple of weeks, don’t wait for me to program them in a workout. Get yourself next to the wall and practice the skill of inverting yourself. Come early, stay late.

Not good at pull ups? No problem. Grab a band and practice pulling yourself up above the bar. Come early, stay late.

Suck at running. Go outside and get those feet moving. Come early, stay late. 

“ The hardest part of any journey is taking that first step.” Everything else seems easier after that!


Wednesday’s Workout (May 29)

Skill: BB Romanian DL



  • Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 mins of:
  • Sprint, 100 m
  • 3 Push Jerk (50/30)
  • 5 Romanian DL (same)
  • 7 Push-up (hand release)

Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 mins of:

  • Jog, 100 m
  • 3 Push Jerk (35/20)
  • 5 Romanian DL (same)
  • 7 Push-up (hand release)

Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 mins of:

  • Jog, 100 m
  • 3 Push Press (25/15)
  • 5 Romanian DL (same)
  • 7 Push-up  (modified)


Thursday’s Workout (May 30)

Modified Regional Workout #4: View Entire Workout and Scores HERE

50 wall ball (20/14)
50 pull ups*
50 pistols
50 alternating dumbbell snatch (70/30)

40 wall ball (18/12)
40 pull ups* assisted
40 pistols (green box)
40 alternating dumbbell snatch 50/25)

30 wall ball (14/10)
30 pull ups* assisted
30 air squats
30 alternating dumbbell snatch (30/15)

*Perform Chin ups if you completed Tuesday’s WOD

Athlete Spotlight: David Carrion

Athlete Profile: David Carrion
Hometown: Born in Yonkers, NY / Raised in Naples, FL
Age: 28
I live in Bonita Springs, FL.  I’m a Senior Sales Consultant for a wireless carrier in Ft. Myers, FL.  I come from a Cuban family and we love to eat!  Some of the things I love to do are Crossfit, drag racing, cooking/grilling, being on the water, and I’ve recently taken up golf.
When did you first start training at Crossfit Naples? October 2012
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I’ve always loved being active.  As a child, I did a lot of running, shooting hoops, and martial arts.  I played football through high school, was a sprinter on the track team, and was involved with weight lifting.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  After not having a real set schedule or any kind of motivation to go to the “gym”, I contacted Mario.  (Mario and I went to the same middle school and high school together.  I remember his as a big jokester.)  We’d been out of contact for years but we were Facebook friends and I saw he was involved with this “crossfit thing”.  When I called we caught up a little.  He asked about my personal goals and so on.  Mario educated me about what crossfit really was and invited me in for an intro class (said he hoped I wouldn’t pass out).
What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after?  I did the Baseline in the Intro.  Finished in 6:48 and I wanted to DIE but I was hooked!!!
Favorite Workout: Anything without wall ball!
Least Favorite Workout:  Anything with wall ball!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  I went for 26% body fat @ 205lbs to about 16% @ 185lbs in 6 months.  I have a lot more energy throughout the day, I sleep better, and I feel so much healthier.
What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit?  I love to eat!!!  But I eat very different now.  I don’t count calories or any of that.  I try to eat as health as I can 90% of the time which has been very hard in my past.  I see Crossfit not just as a short term fix but a lifestyle that will continue to help me better myself everyday.
Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CFN moments:  My second baseline challenge.  I PR’d by over 2 minutes and I could’nt believe it!  But most of all, I love coming in and having everyone feed off each others energy.  It’s like nothing else.
Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?  Crossfit is a lifestyle that makes you fight against yourself.  Use the energy in the room to make yourself better and only look back to see how far you’ve come.  Oh, and if you’re late….. 10 Burpees!!!
Thank you Mario and Crossfit Naples staff for always pushing me to get better!!!


{9am Class Only}
Relays Races (15 minutes each)
  • Deadlift 185/105 & Burpees
  • Med Ball Cleans to Wallball & Sit ups
Benchmark: “Nicole”
Advanced: Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of: Run 400m/ Max Pullups
Intermediate: Run/walk 400m , Pull up assisted
Beginner: Run/walk 200m, Pul lup assisted (10 reps)
Score-Pullup Total