My practice is more than just a job; it is my passion. My clients are my top priority and their successes are my life’s work – I am a professional. Being a professional, I believe that my competency is solely determined by my efficacy. My methods must be second to none. My commitment to my athletes is clearly expressed and perceived in our first meeting. I am all theirs. They are the object of my focus and the focus of my conversation. They come back not because of my physical capacity but because they believe in my capacity to develop theirs…
I have to understand the mechanics, cues, and techniques of complex movements and be able to teach them to others. I bring a skill set to my training that scares off most trainers. Keeping up with my athlete’s progress demands I continue to refine and advance my understanding of advanced skills, because I want my clients’ training experience to transcend the physical realm, I am obligated to understand their jobs, hobbies, families, and goals. Motivating clients’ transcending fitness requires that I be involved in their lives. This isn’t going to happen without my being interested in them and interesting to them.
I have no shortage of conversation, ideas, knowledge to share, and so, you’ll find me at my client’s parties, weddings, and family gatherings. Indeed I am a personal friend to nearly every one of my clients. Our friendship, the fun we have, and the frequency of our contact, coupled with the scope of the fitness impact and the technical merits of my training, contribute to a professional relationship with my clients that they value uniquely. In appreciation they do all my marketing. I don’t advertise, promote, or market. I train very, very well. The more clients I get, the more clients they bring. I don’t have time for promotion; I’m too busy training.
The ebb and flow of your CrossFit workouts
We have heard it before – CrossFit is the adaptation between the ears, however, people don’t seem to take that into account when they are working out, including me sometimes. It is amazing how fast we can get inside our own heads before or during a WOD, sending negative messages rather than positive reinforcements. I read an amazing article last year about how everything else in our life can affect our WOD. We assume our body will perform the same way, every day, regardless of outside factors. Changes in our diet, sleep (or lack of) and stress levels in our personal lives have an effect on our performance in and outside of the gym. CrossFit is an intense workout that can put strain on the body. When we are already feeling vulnerable or anxious, we need to take this into account and set ourselves up for success during our WOD. On these days, consider scaling the weight or intensity. Use your log book to record not only your progression but other data such as how much sleep you had the night before, your mood or how well you ate that day. It will give you more perspective (and perhaps some compassion) on your WOD and your performance on any given day. This mindset is something I tend to struggle with when dealing with changes in my performance and achievements at the box. Some days the movements flow easily, I’m PR’ing and accomplishing more than I expected. Life is good. The next day, you can’t even achieve your last PR! PANIC. Unfortunately this is a slippery slope as we begin to question why and start to doubt ourselves. We let words such as ‘should’ creep into our heads and the mental beat down begins. Rather than scaling and getting the most of our workout, our usual post WOD high is replaced by feelings of disappointment. I have learned to stop and look at what else is going on in my life. How’s my stress level? How’s my sleep? How am I eating? What can I do to improve where I am presently at and make a plan, rather than focusing on what I did or did not achieve. CrossFit is and always will be challenging. We all know that along with our strengths, there are goats that need to be faced. My goal as an athlete and as your coach is to help you stay in a better place when those negative, unproductive thoughts try to bring you down. Focus on the good instead of what we feel we could have done better. There will always be room for improvement! Work on strengthening not only your body but what is between your ears!!! Don’t be afraid to scale or make other adjustments. Avoid overtraining, get enough rest and manage your stress levels. At the end of every WOD, write down one thing you did ‘amazingly’ and one thing you’d like to improve on. Finally, grab a coach to help you with formulate a plan to achieve your goals. I guarantee the coaches will notice improvements you may be overlooking. Let’s finish 2013 off on the right foot and head into an amazing 2014.