“The mind and body adapt to both comfort and deprivation…..Suffering provides the opportunity to exercise will and to develop grit….Suffering is the gateway to true knowledge of one’s self, and therefore humility. Season the physical with psychological difficulty and risk and administer at the proper dosage to achieve higher consciousness.” Mark Twight, http://www.gymjones.com/

New girl shows for class today. She WON 12 weeks with me in a bridal drawing I did and today was here first day. She needs to drop some weight before she gets married next spring.

She tells me she already knows how to do the swing. Upon demonstration I am reminded of Brett Jones’ wisdom -“Swinging a kettlebell and doing kettlebell swings ain’t the same thing.”

I clean up the mess and proceeded to the Getup, which she had some trouble with, but nothing that wouldn’t work itself out in a few reps. I explain to her that she is going to be very sore in the next few days. “I doubt it, I already do a lot of squats.”

Now, I can tell but the way you look and squat how much squatting you do on a regular basis. She doesn’t squat much. She doesn’t move like she squats and she isn’t built lke she squats.

“Besides,” she continues, “it can’t be worse that the hiking trip I took this summer.” Really?
Musta been some hiking trip.

The rest of the crew shows up and it is time for class, which looks like this:

Get-ups 10:00
10 lunges/10 pushups 10:00
Swing 1:00
run 1:30
x4 rounds

She didn’t make it.

During the 1st set of post-swing running, one of my other ladies cuts me a look that says “She doesn’t belong here.” I am inlcined to agree. On the 2nd set of swings, she started :30 after everyone else and dropped the KB with :10 to go. Some kinda hiking trip indeed…

After the 2nd set of swings, new girl is walking, not jogging.

After the 3rd set, she doesn’t even bother to walk. She tells me “This isn’t for me.” I ask why.

“It’s just so BORING” she gasps. ” I need a lot of variety.”

By BORING I think she meant “too hard” and by “variety” she meant “treadmill”.

A lot can be said about my class, but boring? No….not hardly. It was too hard and she didn’t have the courage to look at herself and admit it. She did not even have it in her to finish the class, which is actually kind of rude in my opinion. Had she told me it was too hard, I would have respect for her decidion to QUIT before the end.

As she walked away, one of my other ladies was returning from the short jog. She looked at the quitter, hobbling off to her car and said “Well, there you go” and got back on the line for the next set of swings.