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!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It Seems Like So Much More

Alright, this topic has been coming up more and more frequently, percolating through my mind like a fresh cup of coffee, and wouldn't you know it - a hot cup of java is waiting below. . .

You may or may not have heard that people adapt CrossFit to suit their lifestyle.  Everyone is different, this is a known fact - but a lot of people use CrossFit, outside of actually just working out, to benefit them in their life.  It's the sense of the "can-do" attitude and the "no quit" mentality.  These are instilled through simple and difficult workouts that are very quick time domains (5 minutes or less) and very long time domains (20 minutes or more).  They incorporate the more complex movements (clean & jerks) and the less complex movements (the strict press). 

In the beginning, it hurts the worst.  As you adapt to the style of CrossFit, mind you maintaining a close relationship to 3 days of CrossFit, 1 day off, the transformation starts to take effect.  The workouts are still difficult, that hasn't changed.  But the mind and the body are starting to work together, focus is maintained longer during workouts - thereby creating efficiency longer, making workouts quicker.  Technique is drilled in, and weight begins to start moving, pull-ups start to be strung together, and someone learns to do a muscle-up based on prior lessons and some dedicated practice.

Now, have I begun to insinuate that we aren't just instructing fitness, but possibly wellness?  Absolutely.  Physical wellness is as important as mental wellness.  At times, our external environments outside of the gym try to take us out of the "zone".  Those are the days when the workouts are the hardest, the drive isn't there, the motivation anchored it's feet at the bay door of the gym and a jackhammer couldn't get it out. . .

But the coach could, because to a point, he does and he doesn't care what happened outside of the box.  There is empathy, that much is certain, but at the same time, it's important to focus on the task at hand.  This has happened more than once and when it does occur, we learn from it.  Both the instructor and the athlete.

This is straight from wikipedia (is that considered a credible source though???  for today . . . ):

Life coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal goals. Life coaches help clients set and reach goals using a variety of tools and techniques.

Because CrossFit evolves so quickly in our lives and effects so much of what we do - this statement would appear to be true.

Until next time, once the movement is done correctly - "rinse and repeat".

- Coach Tony

"All coaching is, is taking a player where he can't take himself."  

Bill McCartney

***Side note to the quote - this includes she and herself.

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