When I first found CrossFit, well over a decade ago, one of the things Coach Glassman stressed was training for the unknown and the unknowable.

Fast forward to 2016 and that takes on even a deeper meaning. The unknown and unknowable are happening frequently, like the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.

Could anyone have anticipated that? Probably not, and that is exactly the point.

At my gym we dial, in the mental toughness aspect of our training.

We aggressively attack each lift. We grab the bar or sandbag or keg hard, like we are choking an enemy. We finish strong and we do not quit until we have accomplished what we set out to do!

Everyone, from Grandmothers to soldiers, are taught to train fiercely, with specific intent.

We train like our lives depend on it, because it just might some day!

What if you were next to a shooter when he started to fire, could take him down without a weapon? Think about it. No one wants to be in that kind of a situation; but if it happens it doesn’t matter if you want to be in it or not.

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