Sometimes I don’t live up to my own expectations as a coach, as a fiance, as a son, etc. That’s the way it goes and I try not to be hard on myself. More than anything, it just kind of kicks my butt in gear when I have these little epiphanies, and I am perfectly happy with that.
Over the last few months we haven’t had too many new faces in the gym because we have hovered at or around capacity since October. That is starting to change a bit as we have taken on a dozen or so new folks in the last month and what I have realized is that one area that I was kind of becoming complacent was with coaching. We had all of you grizzled veterans in the gym who knew the drill and more often than I would like, I found myself kind of glossing over the instructional part of the classes, especially when we were doing the Wendler cycles. I subconsciously was assuming that because everyone had a lot of experience in the gym, that some of the abc’s of weightlifting weren’t needed anymore. In the last week, having to help new folks get up to speed on lifting, has helped me to realize that everyone still needs to get occasional refreshers on the basics.
Just today for example, I coached the push press and put a decent little chunk of time into going back through the basics and I was surprised to find, although I shouldn’t have been, that there were plenty of little nuances that people had either forgotten or had never learned in the first place, thus helping them to improve their lifts.
With that being said, I want to refocus my coaching and dive deeper into the instructional periods because the more solid the foundation of the pyramid, the bigger the pyramid that we can build. I encourage everyone else to take this approach as well; if you have a question about something that may appear insignificant, feel free to ask us coaches, regardless of how long you have been crossfitting. The more vested you are in improving, the more likely you are to improve.
On a completely unrelated side note – The 830 crew has been less than satisfied with my musical selection despite my insistance that they should be working hard enough to not even hear the music. Came up with what I believe to be a great solution though…
I made Spotify playlists for time slots that we have a class. They are all open to the public and are collaborative so share away. If you come to a particular class, put your favorite wod tunes on there and we’ll get them played. You’ll either need the Spotify program on your computer or do this on your phone/ipad if you want the link to work.
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