Finish what you start!

Sep 15th, 2012

Category: CrossFit

Finish what you start!

Check out Rob Ware at the Colosseum!!

Run 1 mile
21 Clean and Jerk (155,105)
Run 800m
21 Clean and Jerk (155, 105)
Run 1 mile

Level 3 (135,95)
Level 2, 800/400/800(115,80)
Level 1 800/400/800 (75,55)

“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like these things themselves; they just get on and do them.”

I can probably guess that many of you, like myself will look at this wod and immediately want to write it off. Not for fear of the moderately heavy clean and jerks, but rather by the mile run to start, half mile sandwiched in the middle, followed by yet another mile! For many, running is something heavily avoided, especially longer distances within a workout. I want to encourage you to scroll back and look at this workout again. Think to yourself of ways in which you can destrominate it rather than let it get the best of you. And if you start the workout, well then damn well finish the whole thing as you intended to. For example, it would be much easier to shorten that last mile run into 400 m because “I felt way to tired after 42 heavy clean and jerks.” Why in the world would you let a workout defeat you like that?! Finish it exactly as you intended when you started it. Go on, get after it because secretly deep down you know you want to!


  1. Meg C 09/17/2012 at 4:36 pm

    Though I did the Open Gym on Saturday (because I had a long training run scheduled for Sunday), I wanted to let you know that your post inspired my new marathon mantra to “I’m going to finish what I started.” And though the last 1 1/2 miles of the 18 mile training run were a bit tiring, I didn’t let it defeat me. Now, its a matter of summoning that message for another 8 miles. So…just wanted to say thanks!

  2. Jason 09/16/2012 at 3:28 am

    Bummed I missed this one. U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Matthew T. Abbate, 26, of Honolulu, Hawaii, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Pendleton, California, was killed on December 2, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife Stacie Rigall, son Carson, mother Karen Binion, father Salvatore Abbate, and siblings Dominica Abbate, Elliot Abbate, Valerie Binion, and Kelly Binion.

  3. Thegetinshapegirl 09/16/2012 at 12:15 am

    I loves this WOD but I vener felt so nauseous from a workout in my life!
    29:52 85#

  4. Alec 09/15/2012 at 8:56 pm


    I will be opening up early tomorrow morning, around 7:30 for anyone interested. I think I will be giving Abbate a run for his money after some heavy back squats.

    Happy Saturday night!

  5. Gillian 09/15/2012 at 7:29 pm

    29:53 L3

  6. Kara 09/15/2012 at 7:27 pm

    32 min @ 80# yikes! That was a long one! I also did the free intro with a friend who might join. Great turn out for the intro class and great to see everyone working so hard. Awesome job everyone that was there!

  7. jason barrow 09/15/2012 at 3:10 pm

    Nice pic Rob!

    WOD: 31:33 L3

    For a Hero WOD I actually liked this one. Not sure if I could even finish it Rx but wouldn’t mind giving it a shot some day without a time cap.

  8. Bish 09/15/2012 at 2:48 pm

    24:18 RX

  9. JeffSully 09/15/2012 at 2:16 pm

    Had a ball doin the WOD this morning in the rain, but it was so hard haha such an inspiration to watch the competitors class do the WOD at the same time

    21:30 L1 75lbs 800/800/800