“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” Ian Maclaren.
The now rocked-up students are told they cannot limp or show any discomfort for the duration of the class. Violation of this rule will be rewarded with additional rocks in their shoes.
To heighten the awareness that many people are in pain or ailing and we ignore their troubles. For many people pain and illness are part of their everyday lives.
And as a reminder that none of us are defined by our pains or ails. We are, instead, defined by how we address our troubles and rise above them. We are marked by our triumphs over adversity, not succumbing to the travails of our existence.
After the workout, the students are told to put the rocks in a place where they can see them everyday as a reminder of the brief period of time they were not defined by their discomfort.
Several weeks ago I was honored to gift the Rocky Workout to about 400 adult and young adult black belts belonging to the Ernie Reyes West Coast World Martial Arts Association. It was at their Mastery Test and they mastered the Rocky Workout. Kudos.