Thursday 141211

Find a 1RM of the following complex:
Snatch pull + hang power snatch + overhead squat

Then, accumulate 30m handstand walk

Post loads to comments and BTWB

Ryan putting in some work while his partners in crime, Robyn and Trey, watch on. Just a few of the athletes representing Verve during last month's Turkey Challenge.

Ryan putting in some work while his partners in crime, Robyn and Trey, watch on. Just a few of the athletes representing Verve during last month’s Turkey Challenge.


Dear Universe, knock that s#@t off right now. Thank you, Courtney

I’m 33 years old and the universe has not slowed down in serving me up some hearty life lessons. I suspect it never will. The universe is on a mission to constantly remind me that I am an adult, and as such have to deal with adult problems like paying bills, running a business, rehabbing injuries sustained most likely from an aging body and not from doing something fun and youthful. In the words of Jorge, #firstworldproblems. None the less, I thought maybe it was time I laughed in the face of the universe, time to get ahead of this situation and basically pre learn these ridiculous life lessons before they smack me over the head. So I did what any good universe defying rebel would do, I got on the inter webs and googled “important life lessons everyone should learn”. Yeah, I was hoping for some short, definitive list, turns out there isn’t one. What there is, is a plethora of people out their with their own opinion on what life’s most important lessons are.

Marc Chernoff, author of the article “7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns The Hard Way” (click here for full article), had some good stuff to say:

1) The people you lose remain a part of you.
2) The pursuit of happiness is about finding meaning.
3) Seeking validation from others invalidates YOU.
4) Regret hurts far worse than fear.
5) Life is too unpredictable for rigid expectations.
6) When you try to run away, you end up running in place.
7) Unanticipated hardships are inevitable and helpful.

Definitely valid and important information, but to be honest, I felt like I was already pretty solid with that stuff. I needed something more practical. I liked what I read when I got to “The life lessons school should teach you” by Lauren Laverne, this was the practicality I was looking for (click here for full article):

It’s OK to be a nerd If nerds ran the world there would be no wars. Only unconvincing battle re-enactments in meticulously correct period costume.

Love Never date anyone who is rude to waiters.

Style Never buy anything to impress someone you don’t know. Never wear a T-shirt with a face on it that’s more attractive than yours.

Socializing All the good bits of a night out happen before 2am. Don’t feel the need to stay up any later. Drugs have a terrible rate of return: they make you ugly, boring and ill, in that order. (The legal ones are the worst.) When talking to someone you like, don’t be nonchalant. Be complimentary. Everyone likes compliments, except dickheads, and it’s usually politic to identify them as quickly as possible.

Art Good art never makes you feel too stupid to understand it, even when you don’t.

Family If you love them, call them often and tell them so.

The internet Don’t use it as a junk drawer for your least interesting thoughts. Never post anything in anger. It makes you look powerless. If you wouldn’t get it out on the bus, don’t put it up online. Never sleep with anyone who uses more than three hashtags per post. #LOL #bantz #Purebantz #Psychicdeath #Shitinbed.

I can’t lie though, I still think I need more. I’m certain there is a lesson to be learned about answering a business phone and the caller says “hey it’s me” and just starts talking. But you have no clue who “me” is. And now you haven’t actually heard a word they have said because you are meticulously studying every inflection in their voice to identify them. When do you let that cat out of the bag?

How about when you just meet a person for the first time and they have food in their teeth? Not just a tiny dot of something up in the corner but like some major food particles all up in their grill, front and center? You were introduced to this person by a good friend, who is in fact NOT blind. So if good friend wasn’t willing to point it out, do you as new acquaintance?

I don’t need a list of lessons on dealing with failing (in order to succeed you must first fail), or lessons on friendship (a true friend doesn’t put you down but lifts you up), blah, blah, blah. I get that, what I’m asking you for is lessons in professional etiquette and courtesy. Lessons, big or small, laced with humor or dead serious, that have profoundly impacted your life. I’ll take whatever you got.


  1. Charles :

    1. money competency – interest rates, amortization, compound interest, importance of credit score. The most boring shit in the world can have extremely negative long term impacts to ones life if one has no clue how to manage money

    2. being friendly and kind to animals – if someone doesnt like my pets, im not going to like them.

  2. Allaina :

    This is a pretty good list from the book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum.
    1. Share everything.
    2. Play fair.
    3. Don’t hit people.
    4. Put things back where you found them.
    6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
    7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
    8. Wash your hands before you eat.
    9. Flush.
    10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
    11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
    12. Take a nap every afternoon.
    13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
    14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
    15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
    16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
    ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

  3. Leslie :

    An oldie but a goodie…..

    Wear Sunscreen

    By Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune

    Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’98: Wear sunscreen.

    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

    Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.

    Do one thing every day that scares you.


    Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


    Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

    Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

    Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


    Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

    Get plenty of calcium.

    Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

    Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

    Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

    Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

    Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

    Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.

    Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

    Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

    Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


    Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

    Respect your elders.

    Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

    Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

    Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

    But trust me on the sunscreen.

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