The Hard is What Makes it Great

AO: The Ridge

When: 03/19/2021


Number of Pax: 20

Pax Names: 5-Putt, Beatbox, Blow Out, Bone Spur, Dilly Dilly, Disco Ball, Gopher, Hanger, Jimmy Neutron, Joe Dirt, Morticia, Pawn Star, PenaltyBox, Sheldon, Shooter Mcgavin, SkidMark, SoccerMom, Toby, Tourniquet, Vern,

Number of FNGS: 0

FNG Names:

QIC: Tourniquet

The BackBlast:

Rolled in around 4:55 am…. Toby and Dilly out on an EC run and Pawn Star doing a virtual workout in the Pavilion.



Good Mornings

Abe Vigodas

Goof Balls

Arm Circles

Imperial Walkers

Mosey 3/4 around the lot to where the signs and lights are.

The Thang

Complete each column of exercises on the board in order, then run full lap around the lot. Most exercises increase each round.

1       2        3       4       5

High Knees                    10     20     30     40     50

Mountain Climbers     10     20     30     40     50

Prisoner Squats             5      10     20      35     45

Merkins                          10     10     20     35     55

SSH                                 10     20     30     40     50

Burpees                           5       8       15      21     33

Shoulder Taps              10     20     30     40     50

Grady Corns                   5       7      20     35      55

Big Boys                          5       7       15     24      40

6 MoM

Heel Touches

Big Boys

Leg Lifts

Flutter Kicks


One of my all-time favorite movie quotes if from “A League of Their Own”…

Jimmy: “Baseball is what gets inside you.  It’s what lights you up.  You can’t deny that”

Dottie: “It just got too hard”

Jimmy: “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.”

My initial thought is that this quote screams F3 and is a major reason that many of us come out here each day.  We can’t get this kind of workout on our own… it just wouldn’t be hard enough.  Our morning beatdowns give us that challenge that we need to start our days and help us continue our fitness journey.  The reason that we have only 40 guys each day instead of 200 right now is because this isn’t for everybody and we have to find those select few who are ready to be pushed each and every day.

But this quote also applies to our everyday life… if everything in life was easy, we would just float through life and never grow.  We would never learn how to deal with hardships or death.  We would never know what it feels like to overcome obstacles.

This really hit home for me yesterday while at work at the hospital, as I got the privilege to take part in a Patient Clap Out.  The Clap Outs don’t happen very  often for patients and are typically reserved for when long time employees retire.  For these Clap Outs, a site-wide email is sent out with the time to come up to the main lobby if you are available.  I initially didn’t know what was going on or why there was a Clap Out, but I felt like I really wanted to participate.  I wasn’t given all of the details about this patient, but I did find out that he had Leukemia and was considered “long term’ and had been at the hospital for quite a while.  Yesterday morning, he had received his final in-patient chemo treatment and was being released to go home.  Shortly after 10 am, this man was wheeled through the main lobby of the hospital and on both sides of the walkway stood hospital staff ranging from nurses & administrators to janitorial & cafeteria workers.  Every single person clapped, some cried and everyone celebrated this man for a brief moment.  The expression on this man’s face was pure joy, even with his mask on.  This man has lived the hard and was finally getting to experience the greatness on the other side.

As you go on with your weekend, remember the words of the great Jimmy Dugan “It’s supposed to be hard.  If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes is great”.