Today I watched a young lady do something I had never seen before. She came back.
This young lady has lived a tougher life than most of us can imagine. She has raised herself through years of abuse and is hard beyond her years.
I have dealt with this child in the past years, watched her 5-year-old tantrums in a teenage body. I have held her accountable for her actions, suspending her, filing charges, watching as she has been restrained and incarcerated. All because I want something better for this young lady. Although I hold her accountable, I do so in a way she knows I care about her and desire a better life for her. After all, consequences and accountability are how we modify behavior.
Today I happened upon this young lady as she was giving up.
“I f$@&-ing quit,” she said storming off.
Her trainer, who is devoting his gym, his time and passion to help at risk kids, went out and spoke a few words to this young lady. Whatever he said worked.
A few minutes later, I saw her come back in, pick up the bar and finish the workout. With tears in her eyes, we counted the reps together. “I’m proud of you,” I said as she finished. “You didn’t let this defeat you! You regained your strength and you beat it!! You did not run away. You’re strong”.
She hugged me then joined her group for mobility. I have seen adults throw tantrums and walk out never to return. This teen came back. She did not let the WOD defeat her. I pray that she continues to be strong, and that she uses experiences like these to make sure life doesn’t defeat her either.
by: Nikki Jones
3-Hang power cleans 135/205 (Try unbroken)
1-Front squat 135/205
AMRAP 15 Minutes
Front Squat @80%
Push jerk @80%
*Begin a minute clock. FSQ on the first minute. Then alternate with PJ for the next minute. Continue this for all 10 sets.
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