“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa a.k.a Sylvester Stallone
I’ll be honest in saying that I have a soft spot for the Rocky movies, heck, I have a soft spot for anything with Sylvester Stallone in it because growing up that guy was, and still is, an absolute bad-ass.
While most people have heard the story of Rocky Balboa, a washed up fighter who ends up fighting for the title, few know the struggle that went into it actually being made.
In the early 70’s Stallone was an unknown actor still trying to make it big in the movie industry. At one point he was so broke that he ended up selling his dog off because he was afraid that it wouldn’t receive the food and attention that it needed in order to survive.
One night Stallone was at the fight with Muhammad Ali (arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time) and Chuck Wepner. Chuck, was considered to be a complete write off for Muhammad. Not only did Chuck last the fight but at one point in the fight he ended up knocking Ali down to the ground. Which birthed the idea for Stallone’s idea: A man who was going to stand up to life, take a shot, and go the distance. No matter what obstacle stood in his way.
Stallone would write the script to this movie and end up showing it to a group of producers later on. Here’s the part that most people don’t know. After Stallone showed the producers the script he was offered $360,000 for it and told that he could not play the role of Rocky in the movie.
Stallone at the time, was broke and living in poverty. He had $106 in his bank account, had sold his dog, and was offered a sum of money that a lot of us would struggle with turning down. Yet Stallone believed in himself, he knew that if he took the money and turned down the opportunity to star in the film and it did well that he would never forgive himself. So he turned down the offer and went all in on himself.
Needless to say eventually the producers came around and offered Stallone $1,000,000 for the script and let him star as Rocky Balboa. The rest, as we know it, is history.
So what can we learn from Stallone’s story?
What at first appears logical may be the most illogical thing to do.
Most of us would understand if Stallone had taken the $360,000 that he was offered and run with it. Let me remind you that Stallone was living in poverty, had sold his dog to help pay the bills, and for all other purposes was struggling to make ends meet. $360,000 is a lot of money, if you were in his shoes it would present the opportunity to start new, to get your feet under you, to be able to pay the bills for quite some time (depending on how you live), to buy back the dog you had sold and to have a roof over your head for awhile. Taking the money seems like a logical thing to do, doesn’t it? What if I told you that it wasn’t?
Generally speaking, most of us would take the money. It’s the logical thing to do, right? What appears to be logical to the most of us can actually be quite illogical for someone else. Had Stallone taken the money we may never witnessed his rise to fame. We wouldn’t have his story to reflect on.
I’d argue then that Stallone did the most logical thing that any of us can do, he bet on himself. He bet on his ability, on what he dreamed in, and on what seemed like the logical thing for him to do. Even though it may have seemed completely illogical to everyone else.
So how can you apply this to your life?
You know that thing that you’ve always wanted to do? Chances are you should probably do it.
Maybe you’ve wanted to try out that new gym that popped up in town, maybe you’ve been following a coach on the internet and wanted to try out their programming, maybe you’ve been considering losing weight for some time and don’t know where to begin; or maybe you’ve been thinking about getting a new job, moving to a new city, or putting forth a new idea that you have at work; or maybe you’ve been thinking about packing everything up and travelling the world.
If so, I’m hear to tell you that you should be doing that thing. Regardless of what it looks like to anyone else, and regardless of how logical it seems to do. Sometimes the most logical thing that we can do with our lives is do the thing that appears to be the most illogical thing to do to everyone else.
Here’s some sample programming for the week. If you’re interested in how we can help you achieve your goals contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!
A. Box Squat- 4 x 4 @ 8 RPE @ 4,1,1,1
B. Wide Stance Good Morning : 4 x 6 @ 4,1,1,1
C. 12 Minute AMRAP:
*Perform session at a perceived exertion of 8/10*
I) Box Jumps: 8 Reps @ Body weight
II) Dumbbell Step Overs: 8 per side @ 25kg/15kg
III) Farmers Carry: 40m carry @ 25kg/15kg
A1) Push Press: 5×4 @ 8 Rpe @ 1,3,X,1
A2) Pull-Up: 5×4 @ 8 Rpe @ 1,3,1,1
B1) Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 x 7 @ 8 RPE @ 4,1,1,1
B2) Ring Row: 3 x 7 @ 8 RPE @ 1,4,1,1
C) 5 Rounds For Time (Intent should be on Quality):
I. Single Arm Dumbbell Push Press: 8/side x 22.5kg/15kg @ 3,1,X,1
II. Dumbbell Renegade Row- 8/Side x 22.5/15kg @ 1,3,1,1
III. Reverse Lunge (With Dumbbells): 8/Side @ 22.5kg/15kg @ 3,1,1,1
IV. Hollow Hold: 30s
A) Deadlift (2″ Block Pull): 4 x 6 @ 7.5 Rpe @ 1,1,1,1
B1) Split Squat (Dumbbells)- 4 x 7/side @ 8 Rpe @ 3,2,1,1
B2) Split Stance Romanian Deadlift (Dumbbells): 4 x 7/side @ 8 RPE @ 3,1,1,1
B3)Side Plank- 4 x 30s/side
C) 4 Rounds For Time:
I) Front Rack Carry (w’ dumbbells or kettle bells)- 40m
II) Front Squat (w’ dumbbells or kettle bells)- 10 @ 8 Rpe @ 4,1,1,1
III) Over head carry ( w’ dumbbells or kettle bells)- 40m
IV) Push Press ( w’ dumbbells or kettle bells)- 10 @ 8 Rpe @ 3,1,X,1
V) Farmers Carry (w’ dumbbells or kettle bells)- 40m
VI) Romanian Deadlift (w’ dumbbells or kettle bells)- 10 @ 8 RPE @ 4,1,1,1