The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

“But then after these events that you see as only having negative outcomes occur, after they happen, you can, oftentimes, look back and be like, 'Alright well that actually ended up being something that forced me to think about things in a completely different way, that challenged me and made me a lot better.' And that's how I view that now. Like, without the finger thing happening, I definitely don't make the Crossfit Games in 2019 and probably don't end up figuring out the rest of my Army career, as far as how to relate it to fitness... So I'm really lucky, I think, that it happened,” says Chandler Smith, former Army Captain, 4-Year West Point Wrestler, and 3x Crossfit Games athlete.


Today Yancy and Jarod talk with Chandler Smith about how having pain exposed has helped him be a better athlete and a better human being. In this episode, you’ll learn:

- Learning to suffer on the path to success, and not expecting success to just happen out of nowhere

- You can find positives in everything, even after losing part of a finger

- You need to recognize your weaknesses and realize you will not always be the best at what you do

You can check out Chandler’s Instagram @blacksmifff


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-Jarod’s Social: @jarod_cogswell

-Yancy’s Social: @YancyCulp

-Race a DEKA Event: DEKA-FIT



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Producer: Lake Watters

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams


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