It all started from a friend, a colleague, a peer . . .
From being bored with the same routine, from plateauing time and time again . . .
I wanted to get healthy, I wanted people around me who cared . . .

They called it constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity . . .

It's about taking the first step -

It's called CrossFit and I friggin' love it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

No Longer a Beginner

Remember those first couple of weeks?  You were so inquisitive, like a puppy nosing around into everything they see.  Distracted by one thing after another.  You were so eager to just get it that it became your job to almost appear obtrusive without crossing the line . . .A few weeks/months roll by . . .

And then it all changes . . .

What happened? 

You went through the Nine Foundational Movements. 
You learned how to do complicated movements like Double Unders, GHD sit-ups, Clean & Jerk, Snatches, and Atlas Stone lifts.  You started to gain a little confidence, which you display proudly.  You are still humble in nature though.

Now you have started to get into "a funk" for lack of a better term.  Your questions consist of, "How does this look?" and "Am I doing this right?"  They are in no specific order and they come out at inopportune times. 

Those are still good questions.  It seems as though the wiser people get tired of questions and you, so you get shy and tend NOT to ask anymore and leave yourself in the dark.  It ruins your self confidence.  I say you need to just continue asking questions. Don’t feel embarrassed or anything, it’s not your fault if you don’t know.  And if you ask the questions now, then you will have the answers later when it comes up.  It's better to ask a question and feel awkward for a second than to never ask and always be confused.

On the flip side of this, don’t underestimate how much you really know already. You have common sense and a decent brain. If you are feeling stressed or traumatized that is one way to get disconnected from what you already know. Trust yourself.  And always go back to the simplest moves to provide you some insight into what you are trying to achieve.

But I have mentioned this in prior posts, and I will reiterate it again.  If you aren't writing down what you were working on and how to improve on it then I personally believe it's a moot point.  After working on something, chances are that you may not remember it the next time you perform that movement.  Writing things down will help curtail questions that may arise in the future.  One of the athlete's at the gym even uses stick figures that he draws to remember his movements for specific exercises.

If you are a specific type of learner, remember that VARK model I posted prior to this (people either listen, see, or experience - possibly a combination).  Determine how you learn.  Then when you write down your experience, or what you heard or what you saw, you have a correlation to it the next time that you perform said movement.

As we work on our weaknesses, deficiencies, or goats (whatever you may call it), you have to ask questions to get answers.  It is not enough to just bow your head in defeat if something isn't working the way you want it to.  You also have to remember that in the beginning when you started, you had patience, maintain that.  It is not often that things come in seconds, it takes work to achieve your goals.

"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. "
                                     -Bertrand Russell

- Coach Tony

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