Should you do the StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge?

Last week, we announced we would be hosting an SFG Tactical Strength Challenge in October. The TSC consists of your 1 rep max deadlift, as many tactical pull ups as possible, and max snatches in 5 minutes.  Click here for more information.

We want to host a TSC because we know our members are prime candidates for a challenge such as this. We have had a lot of questions about the challenge and thought it would be good to address the biggest one. Am I right for it?

Recently, I read a quote about a goal that stuck with me. “Goals are like planning for a vacation. If you don't know where you're going how do you pack for it? If you don't know what your goal is, how do you plan for it?” Many people, including myself, have had fluffy, non specific goals set. “I want to be leaner/stronger/insert random non-specific thing here.” However, the when and how is never fully defined. The TSC is a great goal to set in place, create a plan for, and complete.

For many, the TSC seems unrealistic; not something just anyone can do. Well, you're not just anyone! You are someone who will develop and improve the skill, puts in the work and has the drive to make it last. Yes, there will be a winner, but there will be NO losers. Anyone who trains as hard as they can, shows up, tries their hardest, and does what they can, is a winner. If you don't have a pull up, how awesome will it be to do one? If you have never snatched, how cool will it be to do as many as you can in 5 minutes? Never deadlifted? How cool to lift a bar with some percentage of your own body weight on it? These 3 things are built for bad asses, and the Ethos athletes are just that.

Our request to you is to not look at this as something you could fail at, but a goal you could work towards and complete. Don't be scared of failing, be excited to achieve. Be excited to work hard towards an end goal and see how far you can push yourself.

If the TSC sounds completely unappealing to you, that's ok. If you thought, this could be cool, for even a second, give yourself a chance. Talk to a coach, and go for a goal. We know you can do it, but you have to believe it too!