What makes a great team?

Some people say a team is only as strong as its weakest link. Others say that a team is the average of its athletes. I would like to think that defining a team is not always so simple or cut-and-dry.

A team is not only made up of the “best” athletes, but also the “right” athletes. At some point, being good is not good enough. You have to be great. But even being great is sometimes not enough. There are elements of trust and respect that go far beyond ability.

Army Ranger battalions are made up of some of the baddest motherfuckers to ever walk the planet. Men that are capable of dismantling you with their bare hands and not ever blinking. After the long and arduous process of qualification, all of the candidates are made to fill out a questionnaire. At the end of this questionnaire, there is a section where the men grade and rank all of their fellow candidates. One of the final questions goes something like this: “Would you place your life on the line for ________ (candidate’s name) and would you place your life in the hands of _______ (candidate’s name).”

Essentially, what they are asking is do you trust, honor and respect the man to your right and left? If a man is rated an excellent Ranger, but none of the men like, honor, trust or respect him  – then he is not fit to serve in that battalion. It’s not a question of skill, courage or capability. It’s a question of brotherhood.

There are many implied factors that go into earning this status among your teammates – your group – your brothers and sisters. You must participate in a shared sacrifice that goes beyond the weight room. It goes beyond training and surpasses the confines of the program you train in. There is a process of development, failure, success and learning that must take place to solidify a group of individuals to become more than just that – individuals.

Becoming a Team is not easy. You cannot force teamwork or team development. You can’t simply “ask” for it. If it was that easy… well it would be easy and I would not be writing this. Becoming a Team can be a short or a long process, depending on the people involved and the situations they pass through.

I would like to think a great Team is made up not only of the best athletes, but also the right ones. That they are great movers, lifters and CFers – but are also great people who are willing to put the good of the group before their own personal gain. They have to be strong, fast and skillful, but also passionate, supportive and empathetic.


Week 33 Training: 14.02.20


A. Every 2 Minutes x 6 Sets:

-1 Clean Pull
-1 Hang Clean
-1 Split Jerk
-1 Clean-Grip Overhead Squat


Every 90 Seconds x 10 Rounds:

B1. 3 Banded Deadlifts @ 55% Bar Weight + Band
B2. 5 Plyometric Pushups on Plates – Work as high as possible

Notes: For demo video on the Plyo-Pushups, check out “@coachwinchester” on Instagram tomorrow AM.


3 Rounds, not for time:

C1. 3 x 10/10: Single-Arm Ring-Row – Make them as hard as possible
C2. 3 x 1/1: Overhead Barbell Box Step Up Matrix @ 65/45
C3. 3 x 10: Hip Extension + Glute Ham Raise @ Bodyweight

Notes: For demo videos on the auxiliary movements, check out “@coachwinchester” on Instagram. 


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27 comments on “14.02.20
  1. Max says:

    A) up to 175 …. Shoulda had 185
    B) 225 …. 2 sets …. DNF work

  2. Brett Bolus says:

    A) 205
    B1) 225 w/ green band. Felt much better than last week.
    B2) Multiple plates
    C1) Done
    C2) Done at 45. I felt like I was pushing off with my free leg at 65.
    C3) Done.

  3. Alyson says:

    A) Up to 155.. 2nd make felt great, more there for sure.
    B1) 125 with green, agree with Brett. Felt good/better.
    B2) Done
    Cs) Done with step-ups at 45

  4. mlubke says:

    A) yyyyea… 155 quarter ohs
    B) 225 w/ green band, 1-2 plates
    C) Done. step ups with barbell

  5. Feliz says:

    A) rowed 4 X 500
    B) pushups-did sets of 3 on plates
    C) done with no weight

  6. Stacy says:

    A) 105 – core and mobility need work
    B) DL at 135 with green band; pushups with 25s and 10s
    C) done; step ups with 35 barbell

  7. Jeff V says:

    A) 245
    Everything else) Done.

  8. Reid says:

    A) 225
    B1) 295 w/ green band
    B2) Done
    C) Done

  9. jeremykampen says:

    A) 185 up to 275
    B) done
    C) done

  10. MarkB says:

    A) 160
    B1) 205 w/ green band
    B2) stacked 2×45# plates (dropped to 4 reps for rounds 7-10)
    C) done (step ups w/ 45# barbell)

  11. JeffT says:

    A) 155
    B1) 205 w/ green band
    B2) 2×45#
    C) Done

  12. Chad Fisher says:

    A) 95 – 145
    B1) 225 w/ green band
    B2) Multiple plates
    C1) Done
    C2) 65
    C3) Done.

  13. Morgan says:

    a) 155 … fun times
    b1) 215 w/ green band
    b2) Multiple plates
    c) done (step ups w/ 45# barbell)

  14. ikantola says:

    a) 135-145-155-165-175-185
    b1) dl @ 175 plus blue band
    b2) done onto 2x25s or 25s+2x10s
    c1) done
    c2) done @ 45
    c3) done

  15. Jeremy says:

    A) Failed at 155 every single time. Honestly, I should have gone up, if I was just going to keep failing anyway.
    B1) 225, green band
    B2) Two plates
    C) One round, had to bail for class.

  16. Chels says:

    A. 125-155
    B. DL @175+thin green band
    Push ups- worked up to 45+25+25+10
    C. Done

  17. Kelli Pugh says:

    A. 115
    B. DL @ 125 with green band / push ups on 25s
    C. Done

  18. randallgatkinson says:

    A. 185 / 195 / 205f / 205 / 215 / 225
    B1. 245 w/ green
    B2. Yes
    C1. Uh huh
    C2. Oh yeah
    C3. Thank you

  19. teoledesma says:

    A) 205
    B) 255/ 24′ boxes
    C) complete

  20. Jason says:

    A) Up to 255
    B) 230 and started with three plates under hands and feet. That went down as time passed
    C) Coming back slowly

  21. A. 225-305
    B. 265 green/ two 45’s
    C. done

  22. Kelly C says:

    A. Stayed at 75 bc my cgohs suckksssss
    B1. 110 with blue
    B2. 45’s
    C. Doneski
    D. I don’t like bangers

  23. Russ Laing says:

    A. 185-205
    B. 245
    C. done

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