I knew nothing about grid league until recently. The newly formed Orlando Aces, part of the Florida Grid League, had two open tryouts. Players specialize in body weight movements (they do the ‘sexy’ stuff like muscle ups and hand stand pushups), barbell specialists (moving lotsa weight hella fast), and utility players (the badasses that can do everything).
For the first combine (aka tryout), I was able to grab clicks and watch the excitement (I loved every moment of it!). As to the second combine… after a little push, a shove, some subtle-not-so-sublet hints, and a tad bit of bullying, I tried out this week as a barbell specialist.
Did I make the team? NO! Not even close lol. The girls that did were spectacular and super impressive. What did happen? Well, I had a great time and I surprised myself with how I did do. To be VERY clear, I had zero expectations and after seeing the girls that were moving the weight around I knew I was definitely not making the cut. However, having only practiced cycling the heavier weight for a week – I was VERY happy with my performance. This did reaffirm that I love moving weight around, however for now I’m going to focus on OLY lifts.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone isn’t easy, however the trick is to just have fun. Embrace the uncomfortable and don’t wind yourself up so tight that you loose sight of the reason you pushed yourself in the first place.
Personally, I think the Aces are going to do well (fine I’m biased!). They have the all the ingredients for success: sound vision, strong leadership, key support staff, and a solid, well rounded team. Most of all, they have a group of coaches who understand how to push athletes to work hard yet have a blast. All while making sure that all the wheels are turning towards success.
One of the best parts for me was being able to support some super friends/athletes, throw down with some amazing athletes, get coaching advice from pros, and have a great time with friends.
To the entire organization I wish only the best…give em’ hell and remember to enjoy the experience!