“It’s about maximal effort, not maximal weights” Kendrick J Farris

30 Aug

My first mentor, my coach and a dear friend of mine, David Sutor shared this quote with me yesterday. It made the wheels start turning… he also shared with me Kendrick’s story.  He was a bus boy, supporting himself when one day he saw Olympic lifting on TV and said to his co-workers that he would be at the Olympics in four years.  Now I’m sure the thoughts or maybe words from those around him were, “yeah right. Doubtful. I’ll believe it when I see it.” (Something to that extent) and Farris proved them all wrong. Four years later he went to the Olympics. INCREDIBLE.

I think in Crossfit we tend to get carried away with how much weight we are lifting, did we PR, and did we out lift the person next to us? I think we all need to take a step back sometimes, myself included for sure! And realize that if we are putting forth our best effort than we are winning and it’s a good day. My dad used to always say to me, “Give it 110% sweetie” literally I think before every soccer game I played in growing up through college.  I’d like to believe I always did just that. The results did not always come out the way I would have liked, but walking off the field knowing I gave it my best would help the defeat (well, okay. Let’s be real here-I might be the most competitive person you know. I would be devastated after games, tears even! But hey I gave it my all =))

Getting heavy and PRing is one of the most amazing, empowering, inspiring, satisfying things I have ever felt. I love every minute of it! But there are times it just isn’t in the cards and I have to remind myself that it’s okay! I’ve gotten much better at this! I used to get all upset (no tears in Crossfit though haha) and sometimes frustrated-but my coaches have helped me realize that not every day is a PR day, although that was hard for me to swallow at first, it has finally set it. {Kind of going against what I’m saying right now, I did PR on my front squat the other day at 210 (I was stuck at 200 for a while) and I was SOOO pumped about that!! But remember it’s not about max weight 😉 O and I recently got my ring muscle ups back! WOO WOO-doing them every other day until I can hop up there and do them on command! }

Along with his great words of wisdom, Farris is also a perfect example of setting your mind to something, working hard and getting it done.  I can relate to this in a way that I know there were people out there 2 years ago that would never have believed I could get to where I am today. I’m positive they were or even are people out there that may not think I have what it takes, but guess what that’s okay because I do! I found something I love and am passionate about, a desire to get better and better and I embraced it whole heartedly.  I have A LOT of room to grow and get better, but I’m willing to put in the work to make it happen. Along with this, I’m having fun! If you aren’t enjoying yourself then what is the point? When you realize a dream you have, go after it, give it your all, just make sure the journey is fun and enjoy it!

Check out this video of Kendrick J Farris-if this doesn’t make you want to go lift heavy weights than I don’t know what would =) Thanks David for sharing this quote and video with me-good stuff!


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