Our “Fit Over Fifty YXE” program has been running for over 7 months now with huge success! As the program head I would love to credit for this. However, it certainly “isn’t me!”. When the program began or as we have had new members join the group, I always get a few funny looks when I say we are going to box jumps or burpees. While at face value they may seem simply as “work”, I always follow up on that first time with explaining the “why”. I also ask one simple question; “when was the last time you ‘jumped’ onto something?” Not stepped up. Jumped. In this very simple case of a box jump, the answer most often is “I don’t know” along with a lot of agreeing nods
I was watching a Rich Froning interview lately and he was asked to give one piece of advice to someone who is just starting out in Crossfit. His answer, which he went on to expand on, was simple - “Have fun with it!”.
You decided once upon a time to give Crossfit a try. You came in to the gym and survived workout after workout. You have felt and seen the positive changes that your time at 306 has brought to your life. Now why not pass it on?
When we set our feet for a squat, we are laying the foundation for the movement. If we are going to build a house, we need the foundation to be rock solid. If the foundation shifts, so does everything else built on it. This is exactly what happens with our feet when we squat. If our feet are moving even slightly as we squat, then our foundation is not stable. If our foot moves, our ankles moves. If the ankle moves, the knee moves. If the knee moves, the hip moves. You get the picture.
My favourite moments as a coach aren’t watching someone set a new clean and jerk PR or get their first muscle up. These things are fantastic and are almost equally as exciting for me as they are the person achieving them, but they aren’t my favourite. My favourite moments have come when I get to be more than a “Crossfit coach”.
I’ve been talking a lot in my classes over the past few days on that ever so controversial topic of “kipping” in our WODs. It’s definitely the one thing that when thrown out there to a non-Crossfit person, raises the eyebrows and gets a laugh or two. In our “Crossfit” world, they are every bit as common as Dr Dre Beats headphones and razor-back tank tops are in a globo-gym.
Well, that’s a wrap on the 2019 Crossfit Games Open. For a lot of us, the Open represents the one time a year where we “compete”. We ride that wave through the five weeks; come in and put in some extra effort and extra time. Despite that season of competition coming to an end, let’s stay on the wave and keep looking forward to even more goals.
Do not slam the door when you squat. “Say what? That’s it. He’s lost it” you’re all thinking. That very well may be the case but bare with me on this topic anyways as I explain. When squatting; back squat, front squat, squat clean, regardless; do not slam the door!
You may have noticed, but Instagram was down for most of the day yesterday. Ya. I know, right? If you did not notice, congratulations! You were most likely being “present” and “mindful” at whatever it was that was occupying your time throughout the day.