Good Evening CFTP and welcome to November!
I’d like to first off welcome once again all the 3 month trial members who have decided to stick with us here at The Point after the trial period. I’m so happy that you decided to stay with us and build onto the foundation you have created over the past 3 months. I know you won’t regret it and I am so excited to see what the future has in store for you.
I am going to keep today’s message short. Almost daily I get the question; “How do I get better?” Whether it be better at pull-ups or better at their olympic lifting or better at their squat… This is a profound question. We all are in the business of bettering ourselves both physically and mentally. I see it daily in the gym and sometimes I see the growth in you even before you do.
To answer this question I have a few general guidelines. First and foremost consistency and diligence. I have never seen anyone get better at pull-ups by avoiding them. I have never seen anyone change their physical self without changing their habits. If you come to the gym every day and if you genuinely put 100 percent into every workout then I can guarantee you will see results.
That is pretty general. Now, when it comes to Olympic Lifting and Powerlifting or anything with a barbell… It’s going to take a little bit extra work. If your goal is to be proficient at any of these lifts it is going to take a lot of work and patience by you. In the first CrossFit gym I coached at we used to have the saying of “Leave your ego at the door”. Everyday you will see that we program an Rx weight in the lifts. Sometimes we even program a competition weight. Just because you can muddle your way through the WOD at the Rx weight does not mean you should. It does you no good to reinforce bad habits because you need to Rx the workout. You must pick a weight that will benefit you in the long run. You should pick a weight that allows for you to keep up the intensity that the WOD calls for. FORM ALWAYS COMES FIRST.
If you are unsure of what weight you should be using please grab myself or one of the trainers prior to the WOD starting. Let us watch you and give you pointers on what needs to improve. Have a goal of what little thing you are going to focus on during the WOD. Let us tell you what weight you should be doing. Obviously you are in charge of your workout and you need to be recording your weights so you know what you have done and what you are capable of but we know you. We, as your coaches, can help you decide what is best for you in that particular workout.
A couple more things. I need you to be patient with yourself. Your form is not going to magically be perfect after a couple of cues from the coaches and a few good reps. Do you know why it is called Olympic Lifting? Because it is in the Olympics!!! This is a very technical movement. People spend years honing their skills and practicing over and over and over. Thousands of reps at heavy and light weight. They find something to work on and they perfect it and then they go on to something else and perfect that. Improvement will come. Be patient with yourself. Take advantage of our coaches at The Point. If you have a chance attend our specialty classes. Tuesday nights we have Coach Jeremy coaching Power Lifting (Bench, Squat, and Deadlift) at 6:45PM. We have Coach Jenny Schumacher coaching Olympic Lifting (Snatch and Clean and Jerk) on Thursday nights at 6:45. These two coaches are seriously two of the best in the state. If your goal is to improve your Powerlifting and Olympic Lifting this will be your best bet to put you on the fast track for huge improvements. They dedicate a full hour just to these lifts. While you will always get cues and you will improve by coming to the regular CrossFit classes I know your progress will be expedited through using these two as resources.
I want you to know that our goal at The Point is to help you. We are here for you and if you ever need guidance in any way please do not hesitate to ask me or one of our very qualified coaches. All we want to see is you as an athlete succeed in your goals.