Jimbo being patient in his snatch and brushing the bar through his hi-thigh/hip while still being in his heels. This makes my heart smile. Perfect example of why we drill dip and stand so much when warming up the snatch in my classes. If you moved the bar from his hip to his shoulders, brought his hands in it would look just like a push press position. Bravo my friend. (You can tell Jimbo likes to close his eyes and imagine he is elsewhere while in the gym, that’s ok by me. Ha.)
I sent out an email to our trainers yesterday that explained the importance of a curious mind when leading others. It is important to take “hear say” or opinion as gold. In fact I don’t even want anything I tell our trainers to go uninvestigated. I feel the same way about our athletes. What baffles me is that people are quick to jump on any bandwagon of a diet, or workout regime because they “heard” something or a lot of people are doing it, or the person that came up with it is really ripped…..you name the reason and people have come up with it to blindly follow anyone for anything. As a human, that is what you are, you should know as much about your body as possible. I’m not suggesting everyone go out and get a 4 year degree in kinesiology and then a master’s in exercise physiology but…..I am kind of. It should be important to you to know exactly why sleep is important, what foods are ideal for fuel, longevity and nutrients. I personally think we should all know how to supply our own food whether it be hunting or growing…..if no other reason than it is how we would have to function alone. All this considered I believe you need to question everything we do in the gym, especially if it is important to you.
An educated or aware athlete is a valuable and healthy athlete. We as coaches tell you guys a lot of stuff like, “get your butt down lower”, “push the bar back and your head through”, “squeeze your butt”, “eat less bread”, “or eat no pasta”, “don’t eat sugar”. Do you ever ask why? If not you should, the main reason is because how do you know that we even know why? Maybe we are simply saying what we’ve heard else where, which would then deem us unfit to even teach. That is our role as your coach: Teacher, Educator, therapist, nutritionist, cheerleader, judge, critic, peer, superior (in the gym), comedian, dictator, friend. We wear many hats as a coach but I feel that the most important is the first one, we teach you. When you come to learn, you are empowered you aren’t just some robot that does the WOD and goes home. The movements gain deeper meaning when you understand the why, you uphold a more strict standard, you are inspired to really get better at what you suck at because you see and know how and why it will help you reach whatever goals you have.
I’ve had a conversation with an athlete from another gym saying that,”I feel like if I always ask my coach why, they get annoyed and don’t coach me as much.” If you ever experience this I would encourage you to leave that gym immediately, because honestly that individual doesn’t even understand what they are doing in the big picture and how privileged they are to be called “Coach”. Should the coach know the answer to every question? Well I’ll be honest, I don’t. But if you come to me or anyone on our staff and ask something I would trust that they will FIND the answer. To lead you don’t need to pretend you know everything, but be willing learn anything. As an athlete ask questions about CrossFit you don’t understand, it will help you enjoy it more. Even something as simple as,”Why is it important for me to learn this?”. Or, “It really bothers me when I look at the blog and I feel like I won’t be able to do any of the movements the next day, what should I do?”. People at our gym have these questions and concerns and as your coaches it is our job to help educate and equip you with ALL of that information. Sometimes it may not be what you WANT to hear, but we will all help you understand and fill the void of your curiosity. Take this through life, ask more, seek more, never be blindly lead, take full understanding for anything you choose to pursue with your whole heart. Why don’t more people do this? Because it actually takes more work.
1. Barbell Single Leg Dead Lift 5×5 each leg. (High quality movement, goal is to be as heavy as controllable) Rest 2:00 between sets.
2. Dead Lift’s and Dubs
Dead Lift @95lb./65lb.
Double Under X 2 reps (100/80/60/40/20/10)
*Optional: 20 Push Up/ 10 Strict Chin up 3 rounds for time.