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Forging Elite Leadership by Greg Amundson - CrossFit Journal

Forging Elite Leadership

By Greg Amundson

In CrossFit, LEO/Mil

April 18, 2011

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After surviving SEALFIT’s Kokoro Camp, Greg Amundson outlines a leadership model based on the physical modalities of CrossFit training.

“I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know … .”

Lying on our backs, covered in wet sand, our heads pointing towards the ocean in the middle of the night, a large wave crashed over Tommy Hackenbruck and me, pulling us deeper into the frigid Pacific waters. As soon as we resurfaced, Tommy and I re-locked arms and continued in harmony, “Don’t know when I’ll be back again!”

I was freezing cold, hungry, tired, chafed from sand drills and incredibly sore, and I faced the dark truth that I had over 30 more hours of torment ahead of me. However, as Tommy and I sang our favorite John Denver song at the top of our lungs, there was nowhere I would have rather been than at Kokoro Camp No. 12.

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10 Comments on “Forging Elite Leadership”


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Awesome article, love the series


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I am always really excited anytime Greg A. posts a video or article. His motivational techniques and the way he can inspire are second to none. I am always fired up after reading or listening to him, and that's just from sitting in front of my computer! I really hope to attend one of his seminars someday.

Greg, if you read this, I'd also like to thank you for the "Greg A. Warm-up" video -- I still use it before every workout.


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I've just printed page 6, the Mental Attributes of Elite Leadership. That's going on the garage door. Many thanks!!


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

Guys - if you ever have the opportunity to attend Greg's Goal Setting Seminar, HOLY S**T, DO IT!!!

I hosted one at my gym and had 75% of my athletes attend, those who didn't attend were competing that saturday

Greg fired everyone up not just for the moment, but LONG term.

Keep in mind, these were 14-17 year old kids learning from Greg and man have they become much more mentally tough compared to ever before

We also had some D1 Wrestlers in the room and a D1 Wrestling Coach - they LOVED it.

Greg is the man and it was an honor to finally meet him and learn from him.

He changed lives that day, don't miss out!



wrote …

Awesome and inspiring, thanks Greg!


Craig Hysell wrote …

Amazing as usual, Greg. When's the book coming out!?


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I almost didn't read this article. And it seems to me by the lack of comments, that many others didn't read it. That's really too bad for them. While I have always tried to lead by my example, Greg has really inspired and motivated me to make sure that that is always the case. Fantastic! Thank you! :)

One of my favorite quotes, not sure of the author.... "Example isn't the most important thing influencing others. It's the only thing."


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Greg, I am always stunned and inspired by your wisdom and gift of motivation. I look forward to attending your seminar someday.


wrote …

Awesome article. Great job Greg, keep continuing to inspire and motivate. Thanks.


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Hey Greg!

You knocked it out of the park once again my friend. Great article! I can't wait to read the book.


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