Valerie Worthington

Valerie Worthington

 

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As people who take our training seriously, we sometimes meet resistance from the rest of the world. Don't our priorities matter as much as theirs? Why don't we all respect each others choices?
There are two icebergs. The iceberg of the knowledge our BJJ instructors possess, and the iceberg of the sacrifices they have made to bring that knowledge to us. Don't forget to say thanks.
Sometimes, when you're training, it's okay to cry. And sometimes, it's inappropriate and manipulative. Let's look at when it's not a great move to cry and you should find other modes of expression.
I recommend "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" both for its message and for its flaws. It has some great lessons about life, but it's written in a way that caused my inner seventh grader to roll her eyes.
When you start to learn something, sometimes you get one part right and forget two others. It seems to take a while to come together. Why is this and what can we learn from how we learn?
Sometimes we don't win, we don't get the prize, we don't achieve our goals. What then? Sometime I pout and sometimes I am better for it. I'll let you guess which is more productive.
In thinking on the grapplers who allegedly raped a female teammate, I'm trying to understand how people can do this - how we justify our behaviors, big or small, and what questions to ask ourselves.
Recently a female grappler was allegedly raped by her teammates. This tragedy challenges us to question the role we play in shaping our community and preventing these atrocities.
The author of this book grew up like many Americans, eating processed foods and using food as a source of comfort. Later as a chemist, she realized the true horrors of the standard American diet.
I wrote recently on how I don't like to accept help, in or out of the gym. I thought about why and came up with 3 reasons. If we look at these, I bet we'll become better athletes (and people).
Sometimes I say no to help, when I really should say yes. I've thought about this in terms of athletics and realized it's held me back from both learning and forming personal bonds. Just say yes!
TJ Murphy, former editorial director of "Triathlete" and "Competitor" magazines, wrote a book about CrossFit and his experiences. A great way for the curious to find out what exactly CrossFit is.