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Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly musings of our Coaches on all topics CrossFit, Health & Fitness related and more!

Stay Close to Your Why

  June 27, 2018

Why do you use CrossFit as a method of training to reach your goals? CrossFit is designed with no specific person in mind, no set shape or size, no age or demographic. CrossFit is for everyone looking to broaden there health and wellness horizons. Not good at squatting great, let’s learn to improve our squatting mechanics. Don’t like running 5km, sweet let’s do it, let’s force you out of your normal routine and comfort zone and allow change to happen. CrossFit has a unique ability to pick you up, and place you dead smack in an uncomfortable state, in the eye of the storm. For some it might get uncomfortable 35 mins into their first time doing “Murph” as prescribed and for others it might get uncomfortable somewhere on the car ride to the box. Regardless where exactly it will be, CrossFit will force you to overcome things you may not have thought possible before. Doing CrossFit forces you to become aware of your personal responsibility to your body’s health and wellness, you are not a victim of circumstance, you are responsible for your own development. Our program is designed to build better more well rounded human beings! Grace Mack said it well! “Stronger people are harder to kill”!

One thing that holds true even in your most uncomfortable of times, is staying close to your “why” and never losing sight of it. Why am I doing this? Why do I care? Why should I care? Who am I doing this for? What am I doing today that will better me tomorrow?Having a firmer grip on your why will make your most uncomfortable times seem less uncomfortable, but only until your uncomfortable again.

What is your CrossFit why? What is your business and professional why? What is your relationship why? Stay close to your why.

The Power of a Positive Mindset

  June 27, 2018

“Coach I can’t RX this workout” or “Coach what’s the best weight for me to do this WOD at so I can improve my snatches”. Which one is the positive mindset? An athlete with a positive mindset will outlast an athlete with a negative mindset in the long term. Do you often tell yourself, “I’m excited to get the most effective session in today”, or is it “I have to go to the gym right now”.

Do we search for the positive in every negative result or does the negative feel so heavy it weighs on our mindset for hours. “Man I missed all 10 snatch reps today, why am I not getting better at snatching”. This type of subtle negativity, doesn’t seem catastrophic to our well being, but it’s this negative attitude that will spill over into the rest of your day and leave you in a negative mindset spiral. “Man I missed all 10 snatches but I really liked the effort I had with my footwork, I figured out when to move my feet”.

Your mind is like a TV, if the channel that’s playing isn’t a positive one or one that you aren’t deciding to watch then you’re in luck because you control the remote, change the channel. You’re TV should run channels that drive positive change in every aspect of what you do, if they don’t, recognize it and change the channel. Search for the positive in every perceived negative and see what happens.

Where Is More Hiding?

  June 27, 2018

As coaches we are constantly giving instructions, cues, tips and feedback to our athletes. As a trainer our job is to get more out of you, the client. More knees out and chest up in your air squat, more spine neutral and hips down in the deadlift, more everywhere to create the safest, most effective movement patterns that will help yield the greatest results. But where is more hiding, if I’m doing everything the Coach is asking in that moment? “More” is hiding in the fine details, in the basics, the super not sexy practice reps that usually fall somewhere in the warm up or the wod prep. Do yourself a favour and apply the same effort in mastering the basics and fundamentals in the warm ups and wod preps and care 100% across all movements that you preform and you will see a drastic increase in things like, strength gain, range of motion increase, injury prevention and just overall health and wellness. More is hiding, it’s our job to bring it out of you, but it’s your job to want to find it.