In April 1980, a group of armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in London, and took 26 hostages. The police tried to negotiate a peaceful end to the siege. But when one of the hostages was shot, the SAS were sent in to get the rest of them out.
Unfortunately, things didn’t get off to a great start.
As one of the team leaders – Tom Morrell – was abseiling down the back of the Embassy, his rope got jammed. The curtains beneath him had been set on fire by grenades, and he was stuck, flames lapping against his legs.
He kept kicking himself away from the wall, but every time he swung back in towards the window, he ended up right back in the flames, in danger of being burned alive.
The two abseilers above him were ready to come down, but couldn’t because Morrell was in the way.
So one of them pulled out a knife, sliced through the rope, and Morrell fell to the balcony below.
On top of having his legs badly roasted (one of the assault team said he could smell the burnt flesh), he’d just fallen a good 12 feet, weighed down by body armour, weapons and kit.
At this point, it would have been understandable if Morrell had put his hand up and asked to be excused from the next phase of the operation. But he didn’t. He shook his head, climbed to his feet and said simply:
“Let’s get in.”
During the raid, Morrell and his team rescued all but one of the remaining hostages, and killed five of the six terrorists.
So, why am I telling you this?
On your path to physical greatness, things won’t always go according to plan. You only need to look around at what’s going on in the world to see that the s**t can very quickly hit the fan, messing up your plans and causing havoc.
When things go wrong (as they’re highly likely to at some point), I think you’re far better off keeping going, even if what constitutes “keeping going” might not be what you originally had in mind.
For example, I’d much rather be training at my local gym right now. But it’s shut, so I can’t.
Instead, I’ve been using my lockdown workout (which you can see here: https://muscleevo.co.uk/lockdown-workout/) to keep things ticking over, getting out on my bike more often, and even (gasp) going for the odd run now and again.
It’s not ideal, but it’s not the end of the world either.
You adapt, you improvise and you keep on training.
Christian Finn, M.Sc.
Founder of Muscle Evo