Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

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“Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better”


It’s okay to have a bad day, a bad workout, heck – even a bad week worth of workouts.


I recently had a member come up to me after one of the Open workouts with the heavy snatches (in which I failed more reps than I made at the 155# bar) and told me that it was inspiring to watch me fail over and over and keep trying.  At first glance, this could probably be taken the wrong way – but then I realized how truly REAL it is to fail. And how many people think that us, as coaches, are good at everything (HAH!).    


I would honestly say, from personal experience, that I have a GREAT workout once every maybe…5-7 sessions.  Most of my sessions go okay in one area, not so great in another, and maybe one movement feels pretty good that day.  I don’t always feel strong, I don’t always feel fast under a bar or in my gymnastics, and sometimes my conditioning feels like I’m trying to row at 20,000 ft elevation.


I’m never in my comfort zone, and I’m ALWAYS failing movements.  I spent MONTHS struggling through double unders in workouts with whip marks all over my arms and legs.  

I spent YEARS trying to get a muscle up and failing over, and over, and over again.  


I see in classes all the time when people shy away from movements and exercises because they think they aren’t good enough to do them in a workout.  


If we do not become more comfortable with the uncomfortable, the uncomfortable of taking a little bit longer than someone else, or even failing a few times, then how can we truly expect progress in those areas?


So next time you want to try double unders in a workout, or strict pull-ups, or toes to bar, or whatever it may be, but you don’t think you can do all of the reps – reach out to the coach and ask how it can be modified to keep intensity and stimulus of the workout, but allow you to work on those weaknesses.  I bet you’ll surprise yourself with what you truly are capable of.


And just to end with a corny “fail motivational quote” – remember:

“Don’t fear failure.  Not failure, but low aim, is the crime.  In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

Bruce Lee