George grew up in poverty, in an abusive environment. George joined the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam. George fought in the Battle of Khe Sanh, the longest and deadliest battle of a brutal war. George was injured in battle and awarded a Purple Heart. George fought other battles associated with anxiety and PTSD when he came home from Vietnam. George is a badass.
The workout started at 9:00am and wrapped up at 11. I had a few things I wanted to address with Rome and Smith, so I offered to discuss over breakfast. George asked, "Mind if I join?" When we agreed where to meet, I passed George running to his car. Running pretty hard.
At 1:30pm, we went our separate ways. That's four and a half hours. The guys on the team are stronger as a result of yesterday. George didn't tell me this, but I guaranty you he'd agree he is too. I know I am. George is now a member of The Give Team. Give Team Motto 02: Life is a team sport. DRAFT ACCORDINGLY!
Two points to all this: (1) TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS, to those around you. ENGAGE! I'm guilty of going out to just "walk the dogs" every day. (2) if you or anyone you know might be interested in joining The Give Team as a GUEST COACH for one of our workouts, SEND US A MESSAGE. The ONLY requirement is sharing a story overcoming a challenge .You can participate in the workout if you'd like. If you're qualified you can even LEAD the workout. But we really just want to ENGAGE. It'll be a chance to change the lives of those on the team, and I guaranty it'll change yours.
Put another way, we can all sit back and complain or be concerned over what's happening in the world, how the kids are this or that, or how certain things need to be done by certain people to fix certain problems. Whatever. It's time we all stop "outsourcing" the solutions to other people who "have more" (time, money, etc.) or god forbid outsource to the government. Here's your opportunity.
Our team motto, quoting New Image Youth Center founder and Executive Director Shanta Barton-Stubbs, "No matter how little you have, you always have something to give." My variation: "No matter how little you THINK you have, you always have MORE to give. BE STRONG! GIVE MORE!" It helps our community, our country, and ourselves.
The workout for the next two weeks training for The Spartan Beast in December are as follows:
Week 3 / Day 15: Monday, August 13
Week 3 / Day 16: Tuesday, August 14
Week 3 / Day 17: Wednesday, August 15
Week 3 / Day 18: Thursday, August 16
Week 3 / Day 19: Friday, August 17
Week 3 / Day 20: Saturday, August 18
Week 3 / Day 21: Sunday, August 19
Week 4 / Day 22: Monday, August 20
Week 4 / Day 23: Tuesday, August 21
Week 4 / Day 24: Wednesday, August 22
Week 4 / Day 25: Thursday, August 23
Week 4 / Day 26: Friday, August 24
Week 4 / Day 27: Saturday, August 25
Week 4 / Day 28: Sunday, August 26
**If you want to know what comprises The Give Team 15, hit the link and it'll take you to the blog post that lists the exercises.
ANY QUESTIONS, leave them in the comments below, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Mason is head coach of The Give Team, and a firm believer that no matter how little you think you have, you ALWAYS have something to give. So give more. Give more smiles, more compliments, more focus, and more effort.