1. Kelly (if missed) 30 min cap
2. Dealer's Choice
3. A. Back Squat
B. 15 min AMRAP:
100m Farmers Carry (53/35)
8 Strict Pullups
Some who have been around for a while may have noticed that the April DLG Challenge was the most “quiet” nutrition challenge to date. There’s a good reason for this. Something Coach Lou Persichina said when I was a sophomore of the PenHi baseball team has always stuck with me. It went something like this: “Our goal as coaches and as a team to reach a point where every detail is so dialed in, us coaches just show up, unlock the equipment shed, roll out the baseballs and let you guys go.” What Coach Lou was saying (I think) is that there comes a time when a team is a well-oiled machine and does not need the coaches to micro manage every single detail.
With the DLG Challenge I just wanted to roll out the baseballs and see what happened. I listened to conversations and asked people questions at the gym, followed you guys on Instagram and Facebook and tried to get an overall feel for who was participating and who wasn’t.
I believe we had quite a few members legitimately journaling and counting their points, but I also feel like there were equally as many members not doing so. If you were in the latter group, I think the main reflection should be “Why was I not able to commit to this challenge? Was it lack of support, lack of time, too busy, travel, laziness, fear, lack of motivation? Whatever the reason may be, how can we as a coaching staff and you as an individual do better?
The main message I want to convey is, fitness and health is something you have to really want. It can’t be faked, or a part-time deal. Every morning, we need to wake up with a plan to improve our health, or we just stay stuck in the same spot. We need to be hungry for ways to get better. Whether it’s starting a garden, spending more time stretching, attending class more consistently or drinking less alcohol, constant vigilance is the key.
I just wanted to put this out there as a reminder why we do all this and put in such hard work. There will never be the perfect month to make a big change. The coaches and other gym members will always be there for each other, but we need to remember it is up to each of us to work at it everyday and that small, positive steps forward really add up over time.