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What’s The Point? (Triple Unders)

In the video below, I address a commonly asked question about why individuals should work towards challenging goals that may not initially seem possible. The triple under is discussed as an example.

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If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your mortality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must consistently exceed his level. – Bruce Lee

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16 comments

16 Comments so far

  1. Rob March 28th, 2012 2:08 pm

    Hi Ross.
    First off great video and I like that imagery of people putting ceilings to block their potential. I have done it a lot of times and it is something I am working on to stop. I have spoken to you before and I love the website as it makes my workouts so different from everyone else at the gym, so much so I get people asking lots of questions and some are like the ones you have ranted about and others are more positive.
    But my point is I am glad and I hope you are that you get these types of negative emails as it shows that you are demonstrating the right exercises and the ones that are out of peoples comfort zones, ones that really work not only body but more the mental strength too.
    Keep up the great work and continue to be inspiring!

  2. Jas March 28th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Great video Ross.

  3. Eric March 28th, 2012 2:47 pm

    What was the point of breaking the 4-minute mile barrier? What is the point of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and finishing it all off with running a marathon? I couldn’t imagine training without any short term or long term goals, even if at my age, my goals are more about maintaining my current fitness for as long as possible, instead of improvement on my current condition. People are always asking me why I even bother to work out since it’s not like I’m competing in a sport, and I’m a middle aged man of 50, so my priorities aren’t in the right order. I just ignore the negative feedback and will continue to train as I’ve been doing now for the last 36 years.

  4. Yusuf March 29th, 2012 2:52 am

    Ross you are an absolute legend. I love how you don’t take an offensive stance towards people and attempt to educate them, I’ve only recently managed to get the double under perfect and still struggling to knock them out. The brilliance is its so simple, yet so hard.

  5. Sven March 29th, 2012 5:36 am

    Great, great post! That sentence of B. Lee should be hanging in every gym. Not only gyk but every home or office.

    I’m a middleaged man and I get that kind of response on almost a daily basis. Instead for aiming at certain goals, people try to put other people or themselves down. Once you get rid of that mindset a whole new universe opens up. But to stay on that level of open mind, one has to be reminded regularly to NOT handcuff your mind. Thx

  6. Jared March 29th, 2012 7:38 am

    Ross keep up the good work. I come to your blog for inspiration almost on a daily basis. I see what you do and what you post others doing and it inspires me to train harder and work beyond what I thought I was capable of.

    Excellent response to the negative feedback. Its only from checking your blog that i’ve realized how benificial the jump rope is. I went out the other day and bought a speed rope so i could improve and more effectively get a solid workout from it.

  7. John March 29th, 2012 9:01 am

    Thanks for being a continued inspiration.

  8. Richard March 29th, 2012 2:17 pm

    Those who say “what’s the point” I always think that they really don’t have the drive for real success. They are satisfied with their minimal gains in the gym. It’s fear really, fear of the unknown and fear of their own potential. I have clients that when we begin they can’t even imagine doing 100 consecutive burpees, they tell me I’m out of my mind and they could never do that. 2 months later they have completed their first set of 100 and are absolutely astounded at themselves. After that there is no more questioning their own limits in the gym! I WILL be doing the triple unders and looking for more after that! Excited to recieve your rope dvd in the next day or so. Keep up the awesome work Ross and thanks for being out there pushing the limits.

  9. whiifet March 30th, 2012 10:12 am

    Great quote. I find this sort of thing so motivational. Just the thing to watch on those days when self doubt creeps in.

  10. Walt March 30th, 2012 5:25 pm
  11. Thiago Petrin March 31st, 2012 3:03 am

    Excellent video! Some propele,like To do easy tasks and don’t need overcome yours potential. But athletes,fighters need this Every Thanks Ross

  12. peter yates March 31st, 2012 6:58 am

    HI ROSS, ANOTHER GREAT RANT. THE NAME OF THE GAME IS PROGRESSION. I AM 61 AND EVERY YEAR I GIVE MYSELF GOALS TO ACHIEVE IN THAT YEAR. I BELIEVE I WILL BE ABLE TO DO THIS FOR MANY YEARS. EVEN IF I DO NOT ACHIEVE A GOAL AT LEAST I HAVE IMPROVED UPON THE STARTING PLACE. THE LATE, GREAT JACK LALLANE SHOULD BE AN EXAMPLE TO US ALL. IF YOU HAVE ALWAYS WORKED OUT AND STRIVEN TO IMPROVE YOU CAN BE DOING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS ALL OF YOU LIFE.IS THAT NOT WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT? KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK YOU DO TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE.
    REGARDS, PETER.

  13. Josh March 31st, 2012 12:08 pm

    Is there not something eery about a man who died prematurely saying “if it kills you, it kills you.” He must have really meant it.

  14. Richard April 4th, 2012 1:44 am

    Dear Ross, after recently being tempted to a more moderate game plan,goals etc, ie 43 years of age, you have just cofirmed to me the restinraint i have been feeling towards this course was correct, and i have been motivated to rededicate to my past goals. Thankyou very much for your encouragment yours sincerely Richard.

  15. Steve April 6th, 2012 6:08 am

    Preach it Ross.

    If you really love fitness there is no “why”. You’ll simply be doing it.

  16. Andrew V. September 13th, 2012 9:43 am

    Way late in seeing this video but great thoughts. Always pushing forward and setting new, more challenging goals.

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