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Failure Is Not an Option by Shane Sweatt - CrossFit Journal

Failure Is Not an Option

By Shane Sweatt

In HD Videos, Powerlifting

June 23, 2012

Video Article

Training and competing optimally is a big deal. Likewise, Shane Sweatt of Westside Barbell says it’s not OK to miss lifts.

“We teach people in the U.S., ‘As long as you try hard, it’s OK.’ It’s not OK to fail if you try hard. If I have … people who are willing to try hard, I want them to succeed,” says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.

In training, the lift should end before the form breaks down, he says at the CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course.

“The thing is I want people to do things optimally. If we don’t miss weights, our bodies (don’t) get beat up as bad. We don’t suffer injuries,” Sweatt explains.

When the form does break down, then trainer and athlete must figure out the reason, he continues.

“I like the mindset that if you miss something, we go back to the drawing board,” Sweatt says. “Why did I miss it?”

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Additional reading: Left-Coast Westside by Mark Bell, published Feb. 16, 2011.

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4 Comments on “Failure Is Not an Option”


Paul Southern wrote …

Good stuff. That's the first time I have seen the discussion about not lifting in an emotional state outside of competition.


wrote …

I like the story. It gives great context to why we do things the way we do.


Bridget Lemley wrote …

Sidenote: Did Shane change his last name to Sweatt after he got involved in the fitness world? It's so aproppriate.


wrote …

I really liked this video, i have enjoyed every one of Shane's artiicles. I hope the journal continues to have him on.

I do have question. Apologies, I'm probably just missing something, but how can I train at 98% all the time, to ensure success?. It's 98% of my PR right? Unless I try to get a PR every once in a while, won't I always be stuck below it?

We went for max box jump today and I failed to PR. I would like to incorporate a "failure is not an option" attitude, but I am not getting how I can do it as described and still improve performance.

Again, great video.


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