“The Marshmallow Experiment”
The experiment began by bringing in children into a room, one by one, and sitting them down in a chair with a
single marshmallow in front of them.
Here, the researcher offered a deal. He said he was going to leave the room, and if the child didn’t eat the
marshmallow while he was away, then he would be rewarded with a second marshmallow. However, if the child
chose to eat the marshmallow while he was away, they wouldn’t get a second. What he didn’t say was how long
he’d be gone.
The choice was simple – one treat now, or two treats later.
Some of the children ate it right away. Some of the children squirmed around for a bit looking at it, and gave in
after a couple of minutes. And some of the children managed to wait until the researcher came back.
The research team followed the participants for 40 years afterwards. The children who ate the marshmallow
immediately struggled. They didn’t have careers they were proud of, and they didn’t live lives they were happy
with. The children who held out went on to live highly successful individuals.
What the experiment shows us, is that the ability to delay gratification is a critical component in life.
Whether we want to go to the CrossFit Games, be the best husband we can be, or propel our career forward, we
must have the willpower to stay the course with the longer term in mind. Even when we’re tired, hungry, beat up,
and starving for a bite of that marshmallow in front of us.
In our darkest hour, of our darkest day, if we can stare that single marshmallow down and stay the course…
we’ll make it.
Build to Heavy Set of 3
60 Double Unders
30 Wallballs (20/14)
15 Deadlifts (245/165)
Strict Handstand Pushups
50 Strict Handstand Pushups
*10:00 Time Cap
This total was seen in this past year’s Open, and will be a benchmark of ours going forward which we will be use in conjunction with our max-effort set.
Alternating Tabata (:20s/:10s) x 8: