overcome: choose to grow

on Thursday, 05 December 2013. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance

Endurance has never been something that's come easily for me. Give me a quick sprint or a heavy lift and I'm in my element, but ask me to repeat those efforts over and over again, with little to no rest, and I quickly go from excelling to average at best... mediocre may be an even truer word.

Recently, on Tuesdays, I've been going to the track to run with one of the most naturally gifted "stamina athletes" I've ever trained with. She can hold my 100% effort pace with an ease that's almost unbelievable.

I wake-up with butterflies in my stomach on Tuesdays, knowing what's coming. As our training-hour nears, butterflies progress to what feels like a large flock of birds, sweaty palms, trouble focusing... I feel like I'm a freshmen in college, all over again, arriving to the women's basketball locker-room on an "individual workout" day only to find that the seniors have left a box of Pepto Bismol for us... their way of letting the underclassmen know that the session to come is going to be particularly brutal and that it would be smart to prepare ourselves with some pink Pepto. I can remember walking onto the court on those days, knowing that our coaches were going to make us as uncomfortable as possible for 45-minutes, and wishing for some way out of it. I didn't understand then, the opportunity for growth that I was being offered on those days... all I could think about was resisting or escaping the discomfort....  I was terrified of it.

Then, the sensation of being hammered and carved into felt like something that was threatening to end me... something I should run from. But now I know that sensation as something shaping and refining me... something to be leaned into.

On Tuesdays at the track I'm uncomfortable... and I'm quiet. Over and over and over again I'm making a choice to lean into the discomfort... I'm choosing to grow.

I stay quiet because I'm honest with myself there. In the quiet, I don't start belittling myself or the thing that's making me uncomfortable.  I don't try to preserve my ego.  I don't justify my way out of the discomfort. I don't try to escape.

In the quiet it's simply, "you're ok... do your best."

And at the end of it, I'm better than I was at the start.

I don't get this right every time. Sometimes the belittling wins... the ego wins... the justifications win... the escaping wins. But more and more I find myself leaning in... meeting discomfort, quietly, right where I am...

I choose to grow.

Full-In Throwdown: Event 3

on Sunday, 13 January 2013. Posted in news

Event 3.

10-min on the clock.

100m SB Run m50#/w35#
7 x Squat Thrust
100m SB Run m50#/w35#
7 x Burpees
100m SB Run m50#/w35#
7 x Double Push-Up Burpees
100m SB Run m50#/w35#
7 x Double Squat Burpees
100m SB Run m50#/w35#

In remaining time:
Max Rep Burpee Box Jumps m24"/w18"

Take exactly 1-minute to rest and then move immediatley into:

Skill 3:
Max Rep Pull-Ups in 2-min

Full-In Throwdown Event 2

on Saturday, 12 January 2013. Posted in news

Event 2.

8-min on the clock.

All athlete's begin with:
2 x wheel crawl (any style) down & backs

In Remaining Time:
8 x Sumo Deadlift m135#/w93#
8 x Lateral Box Up, Over & Back

Athlete's will rest exactly 1-minute at the end of 8-minutes and then move directly into:

Skill 2.
1min Max Meter Row

Full-In Sponsors & Prizes

on Saturday, 12 January 2013. Posted in news

fullin sponsors

We extend a HUGE thanks to our awesome Full-In Throwdown Sponsors:

Barlean's Organic Oils, by way of Jeff Engen, donated Barlean's products for each of our winners.  http://www.barleans.com

Onyx Coffee Bar, by way of Nina Martinez, donated a Green Artisan Brew Kit. - http://www.onyxcoffeebar.com/

Mana Body Works, by way of Elizabeth Ruff, donated a 90-minute Massage. - http://www.manabodyworks.com/

Brad Jones, by way of Brad "Rolfer" Jones, donated a Rolfing Session. - http://www.rolfingbellingham.com/

Sara Kallin L.M.P., by way of Sarah Kallin, donated 2 x 60-minute Massages. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Panacea Auto Repair, by way of Steve Hazel, donated a Fuel Injection Service. - http://www.panaceaauto.com/

Ryan & Jarvis Real Estate Team, by way of Sean Ryan, donated Restaraunt Gift Cards - http://www.ryanandjarvis.com/

Debbie Schwab Photography, by way of Debbie Schwab, donated a Photography Package - http://debbieschwabphotography.com/

Chuckanut Builders, by way of Ian Rae, donated 2 Day Passes to Mt. Baker - http://chuckanutbuilders.com/

Ludeman Capital Management, by way of Ben Scellick, donated Cold Hard Cash - http://www.ludemancapital.com/

Prescribed, by way of Tyler "T" Shroeder & Em Hester, donated 4 x Gift Certificates to Rogue Fitness - http://www.prescribedapp.com/

Jogo, by way of your favorite little gym, donated 1 x 3-Month Unlimited Membership and 4 x 1-Month Unlimited Memberships - http://www.jogogym.com/

That is $3,000 of prizes up for grabs from our rad & awesome (radawesome if you will) sponsors. Thanks so much for helping us prepare an amazing event to kick of the start of the year. Your contributions were above & beyond anything we could've hoped for. Full-In indeed!

Full-In Throwdown: Event 1

on Saturday, 12 January 2013. Posted in news

Saturday, January 12th we're taking on our second members-only (now annual) Jogo Throwdown. From 10am until about 3:30pm forty of our athlete's will be competing head-to-head in 3 different events and 3 different skill challenges.  Thus far only Event One has been revealed.

Event One:  5-Rep Thruster Ladder

  • Competitors will have 50 seconds to complete 5 consecutive Thrusters at a given weight.
  • If they are able to complete a weight within the time cap, they may move on to the next station after a 10 second down period.
  • Competitors must wait in their previous bar’s area during the 10 second down period.
  • In the event that an athlete is unable to complete all 5 thrusters at a given weight, and there is still time left, they may choose to reattempt the weight, OR do as many deadlifts as they can in the remaining time for partial points.

The score will be BEST 5-REP THRUSTER WEIGHT + ANY EXTRA CONSECUTIVE THRUSTERS (tenths) + ANY ADDITIONAL DEADLIFTS (hundredths). Highest score wins.

  • There will be 4 different ladders, and competitors may choose which to start on.
  • There will be a 5 minute transition period between ladders.
  • Any competitor completing a full previous ladder must move on to the next ladder.

Ladder 1. 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85 pounds 
Ladder 2. 95, 105, 115, 125, 135, 145 pounds 
Ladder 3. 155, 165, 175, 185, 195, 205 pounds 
Ladder 4. 215, 220, 225, 230, 235 pounds

Stay tuned tomorrow as the remaining 2 events and 3 skill challenges are announced.

Taylor's Story

on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance, team jogo

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Taylor, age 14, is one of our Jogo Performance Athletes
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Taylor w/ her mom, Debbie, at Children's in 2011

On August 3, 2010, the day after her twelfth birthday, Taylor woke up with a tummy ache. Within a few hours, she complained of an ear ache, became very lethargic, and developed a low-grade fever that persisted for days.

Nine days and several doctor visits later, a blood test revealed Taylor had Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a relatively rare and aggressive form of blood cancer that typically affects older males. Our doctor referred us immediately to Seattle Children's Hospital. By the time Taylor was admitted, the rapidly growing myeloid line of blood cells were populating so quickly that 87% of her bone marrow was compromised of leukemia cells.

Taylor spent the majority of the next eight months as an inpatient on the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance floor at Children's receiving a series of, incredibly, intense chemotherapies and 67 blood transfusions (thank you, blood donors!) all of which saved her life. The cancer, combined with chemotherapy treatments threatened Taylor's life twice. However, she fought the fight, and today is an amazing and beautiful success story, and a tribute to the tremendous staff at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Today, Taylor has been in remission for a year and a half. She is a vibrant teen and wise beyond her years. It goes without saying that we will forever be grateful that this phenomenal life-saving resource, Seattle Children's Hospital, exists so close to home.

Eventually, Taylor’s doctors recommended she resume safe, regular exercise as part of her recovery in life after cancer and we are grateful to have discovered the experienced and careful coaching available at Jogo to help her in this means. Thanks to terrific training by Jogo’s staff, Taylor has quickly begun to resemble her once competitive, gymnast-physic and feels stronger & more confident than ever as evidenced in the above photo taken directly after a fun & challenging class at Jogo!

-Debbie "Taylor's Mom"

Overcome: I Am Who I Am

on Wednesday, 03 October 2012. Posted in overcome resistance

the weight of our stories

I've always been fascinated by human psychology. Why is it that people do what they do? Why do some people set a goal and easily attain it while others seem to never be able to hang on to that thing that they endlessly chase. Why do some of us revel in our progress, while others can only see what they're still not capable of?

There are so many quick and easy answers to why we do what we do… Upbringing. Circumstances. Personality differences. Mental toughness. Drive. Motivation. I am who I am. But are any of those REALLY the truth of it?

What I've come to see as true is that, we are who we believe we are and we do what we believe we'll do… no more… no less.

We are the stories we tell ourselves about how life has come at us and how we've responded to it up 'til now.

"I am this way because my dad is this way."

"I am this way because no one taught me another way."

"I am this way because this person hurt me."

"I am this way because that other way is too hard."

What I see in my own life… what I see in the lives of the people around me… is that we make these beliefs of "I am this way, because…" our truth instead of recognizing them as stories.

Something, millions of things, have happened to you in your life. True. What you believe about those things, is just your interpretation… a story. When we're little, we're like little sponges. We soak everything up. And slowly but surely we build our filters about what things mean. This happened this way, so it means THAT. That happened this way, so it means THIS. Soon it becomes automatic. We tell ourselves the story of our life without ever stopping to question if it's true.

The filters I built over time told me that love isn't safe, that the people you trust will hurt & abandon you, that nothing good lasts. My entire life changed, literally in an instant, when I realized that these were just my interpretations of how things happened once upon a time. My stories. They were only true because I believed them to be. When I saw them for what they were, I was able to look again, with new eyes, at old circumstances and find the good in them… not with some kind of rose-colored-optimism, but in a… "I want good things FOR and FROM my life and these stories are holding me back from those things… can I look again at these circumstances and see something in them that worked, or works now, for my good?" Every single time, I've been able to find the good.

I can remember, too, being in that place of, "well I can't let this go because this person did this to me and it was wrong and I'm not going to let them off the hook that easy." Thankfully, as soon as I actually caught myself having that thought I realized how ridiculous it was. How crazy is it for us to think that we're punishing anyone but ourselves by holding on to our stories of how we were hurt or wronged? For me, when it came down to it, it wasn't about letting someone or something off the hook, it was about letting myself off the hook. It was about freeing myself to live forwards.

What about you? Why do you do what you do? If you're HERE with something, but you want to be THERE, what stories are you believing that are keeping you HERE?

"I want to lose weight, but…"

"I'm not more organized, because…"

"I can't quit this job that I'm miserable in and do something I love, because…"

"That dream will never happen for me, because…"

We hold on so desperately to our reasons… to our stories… to our evidence for why things are the way they are - even though they're pulling us under… we kick and paddle and fight for them, though we're drowning beneath their weight. Something inside screams that it won't survive if we let go and we mistake that voice for our own, but it's only the past echoing up. Life is in the letting go.

"Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards." - Søren Kierkegaard


(photo by: millervintage)

Find Your Greatness - Runner

on Monday, 06 August 2012. Posted in inspiration, overcome resistance, photo op

It's just something we made up
Somehow we've come to believe that greatness is a gift reserved for a chosen few...
for prodigies...
for superstars...
and the rest of us can only stand by watching.
You can forget that.

Greatness is not some rare DNA strand.
It's not some precious thing.
Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing.
We're all capable of it...
ALL of us.