You’re Stronger Than You Think

    • When: 10/20/20
    • QIC: Italian Job
    • The PAX: Jelly, Darth, Cobbler, Triad, Couch Potato, Kenyan, River Rat, Atticus, Roxanne, White Hat, Two Ferns, PacMan, Italian Job

This morning brought 13 men from as far away as Lake Wylie (thanks Two Ferns) to do the hard thing this morning at Iron Academy. In addition to their kettlebells, many wore rucks as well. Here’s what we did:

The Thang

  • 10 Low Slow Squats (IC)
  • 1 Round Bat Wings (10 MNCs IC, 10 Count, 10 Seal Claps IC, 10 Count, 10 Overhead Claps IC, 10 Count, 10 MNCs IC, 10 Count)
  • 10 KB Swings
  • 10 KB Squat Thrusts
    • Run to the front of Academy
  • 10 Goblet Squats
  • 10 Shoulder Press
    • Run to the curb
  • 10 John Deeres
  • 10 Steph Currys
    • Run to the corner of the lot
  • 10 Hip Halos
  • 10 Halos
    • Run to the upper corner of the lot
  • 10 Jump Squats
  • 30 Calf Raises (10 normal, 10 out, 10 in)
    • Run to the front of Academy
  • 20 Curls
  • 20 Triceps Extensions
    • Run to the curb
  • 20 Renegade Rows
  • 20 Skull Crushers
    • Run to the stop sign behind Academy
  • 20 American Hammers (IC)
  • 15 LBCs (IC)
    • Run to Sam’s
  • 10 Lunges
  • 10 Pistol Squats
    • Run to the corner of the lot
  • 20 Bench
  • 6”
  • 20 Hammer Curls
  • 10 KB Snatches

Repeat full set, minus the runs, for 5 sets each


Ten days ago, I had the privilege to endure a three-day GrowRuck event in Louisville. What the weekend taught me was I can do more than I allow myself to do. I didn’t realize it, but I often stopped short of pushing myself to the limit. I rarely got uncomfortable. I was lazy.

Fifteen hours under ruck doing a myriad of PT will show you that you can do more than your body tells you. Quitting wasn’t an option. You push and push because your brother next to you depends on it. So I issued a challenge this morning: bring a ruck or weight vest in addition to your kettlebell. We’re doing the hard thing.

Had I told the men what we were doing while under ruck and KB, many wouldn’t have believed it. Many would have fartsacked. But instead, many tried it and accomplished the mission. You see, in order to prepare for the future hard thing, you must endure the hard thing now. You’re stronger than you think you are. You can do more than you think you can do. It all starts with stepping out of your comfort zone and into your growth zone.

When we reached the first set of curls, I told the men to drop their rucks. All the sudden the rest of the workout wasn’t so hard. We carry way too much on our shoulders. It wears us down. It wears us out. We quit before we reach the next level. Today, we dropped the extra weight to prove that there is no reason to carry these burdens any longer. We are called to cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us. It felt good to drop that extra weight. We were able to finish the set without the burden of 20-30 extra pounds.

So to sum it up:

Do the hard thing always – it prepares you for what is next.

Be ready to drop the extra pounds (burdens) on your Creator – He loves you and wants you to live free.


Italian Job

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