Friday Fire: No Heart? No Heart?! I'm All Heart Motherf***er!

Heart. Yeah, they were a killer band in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Ann and Nancy Wilson can really wail. The big hair. The screaming guitars. Those ladies rock. "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You" is probably the best song ever written about seducing wayward hitchhikers and banging them in roadside motels in an effort to get pregnant because your husband is incapable of knocking you up. But I'm talking about a different kind of heart: mental fortitude.

Photo credit: Crossfit Anaheim West
It's been a while since I've posted a Friday Fire but I was inspired this week from a post by Greg Everett as well as a video of Heather Scaglione of Anaheim CrossFit West competing in the CrossFit Games SoCal Regional with a dislocated shoulder. In the video (see link on Heather's name) she is competing in the final chipper event after having dislocated her shoulder during the muscle-ups in the Amanda workout. The video is a little tough to watch knowing that she's doing 40 reps of ground-to-overhead with 35lb dumbbells in each hand, a weight that every female competitor I talked to at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals said was heavy. Add in a dislocated shoulder and I can't even imagine the kind of pain she was experiencing at that moment.

It's that drive to compete, to not give up despite a major setback, to finish what you've started, that is inspiring in this video. It's the reason professional athletes get cortisone shots in the locker room when they sustain an injury mid-game: to get back out there and be a part of the action.

Heather could've easily bowed out of the last event and no one would've thought otherwise. That chipper is grueling enough without any injuries. And who knows what kind of added damage she did to her shoulder by putting herself through that workout and the stress of those loads. But you can't help but get a little misty-eyed watching her on the toes-to-bar as she raises her right arm to the bar with her left, secures it and then fights. Every. Damn. Rep.

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