Workout of the Day
Five rounds for time of:
Single-Arm DB Snatch + 2 Lunge Steps w/DB Overhead x 10 reps
Pull-Ups x 15 reps
Run 400 Meters
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes and 11 seconds of:
9 Single-Arm Snatches (75 lbs./55 lbs.)
Run 400 Meters
Written by Nichole DeHart
Lauren Manning was late for work on the morning of September 11, 2001. She quickly exited her taxi in front of the Twin Towers to hasten her arrival. As she entered the building and approached the elevators she heard a loud, piercing whistle, noise that could easily be attributed to a construction site. Right before she entered into the elevator a screeching noise came from its halls and almost instantly, a whirlwind of fire erupted from the elevator and engulfed her. Among the chaos and terror, she ran from the building still engulfed in flames. Lauren managed to survive but 82% of her body had been burned. She remained on the brink of death every day for the next 3 months. She had to relearn how to breath on her own, recover the ability to speak and relearn how to walk. As Lauren quotes, she “discovered that the simplest of tasks were beyond my ability, and accomplishing them would require equal measures of defiance and will.”
Lauren Manning has recently wrote a book chronicling not only what happened to her on that fateful day, but also about her journey back from such darkness. This incredible woman embodies resilience, the ability to rise above from such an adverse trial.
The resilience research center has defined this term as an individual’s ability to overcome adversity and continue his or her normal development. No one is immune from adversity. Despite the incredible developments in technology, medical science and the like, we still can’t control things like natural disasters, death and other uncontrollable mishaps. However, we can control how we deal with those unforeseen and unexpected adversities. Maya Angelou said it well, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Life’s best survivors are resilient and gain strength from setbacks. Longevity research is showing that adults with psychological resiliency age more slowly, live longer and enjoy better health. It is how well we deal with adversities that determine how resilient we are. If we encounter disappointment, are we quick to bounce back from it, undeterred. Or do we let it mire us down, until our perspective only consists of that disappointment? Adversity doesn’t have to be something earth shattering. I see it affect people all the time in the gym when they don’t make that new PR or they don’t do as well as they would like on a workout. How do you bounce back from having one of those days?
Take a look at any individual who was successful at the CrossFit Games and note how resilient they were to setbacks in workouts. Torn hands, a missed lift, and reps that were not counted are all areas that could have set the athlete back, but the resilient athletes didn’t let that affect them. Take Josh Bridges as an example. On the ‘Killer Cage’ workout he was the lightest guy out there front squatting a weight 1.5 times his size. Did he allow that to deter him from accomplishing his goal? Absolutely not. He showed resilience, overcoming this obstacle, coming out on top.
We can’t change all of our obstacles, but we can change our attitude toward our obstacles. Everyone is born with a measure of resilience, it is an innate attribute we all have. However, here are a few points I feel help make a person, regardless of their situation or what adversity they are bouncing back from, more resilient:
*Focus on a daily basis on small moments that bring joy and on positive emotions
*Cultivate mindfulness/be fully present
*Develop a social network that can be supportive of you when going through times of distress
*Be flexible. If a person wants to bounce back from things, then a measure of flexibility is needed.
*Develop self-confidence and self-efficacy.
Lauren Manning had all of these components and more. The circumstances that she found herself in were extreme, but her resilience was strong enough to pull her through. But you need not look to the most extreme cases of resilience to see it displayed all around you. We see examples daily in the gym, and we can draw strength from them. We can teach ourselves to become more resilient by finding constant inspiration in others and by overcoming our own obstacles daily. Invictus provides a safe setting to do so. How are you going to show your resilience?
Manning, Laruen. (Sept. 7th, 2011) Retrieved from: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44410292/ns/today-books/t/rebuilding-life-wake-september-th/#.TmerleVLrrw
Resilience Research Center. (Dec. 8th, 2010) Retrieved from: http://www.resilienceproject.org/#What_is_Resilience
Siebert, Al. (October 2000). Resiliency and Longevity. Retrieved from: http://www.resiliencycenter.com/articles/resilong.shtml