Today instead of asking, “Why do you train?” I am going to state it for you. You train to be coached. You train to be strong in muscle and in mind. You train to be agile, balanced and less stressed. You also train at Raleigh CrossFit to be coached. You want to be coached because you want to attain all of the previously mentioned states of being.
You are an athlete with Raleigh CrossFit. Hope you caught that word “with.”
This status means that you are under a microscope, or we shall call it the “watchful eye”. It means that your coaches are doing everything they can behind the scenes, when you aren’t at the facility and when you are, to be in a position to assess you and provide you feedback. An example of this, is spending hours at certifications on the weekends, spending hours watching video of lifts, reading books, journals and hearing podcasts, all of which are dedicated to improving your athleticism and well-being.
We love what we do, which means that we also care about you. We want you to feel the best you can when you train. When you aren’t training (yes this is called recovery time), we want you to be thinking about training, at least for some of the time. This can mean you are looking forward to tackling “Fran” again, trying a new max effort push press or relishing in the fact that your back pain is gone, that you are happy to eat salad and steak for lunch and that you want to improve your deadlift form so that your 1 rep max goes up. Improvement is what we all strive for – coaches and athletes alike.
So, yes, you are under the watchful eye of your coaches. You should expect that to be the case when you train at Raleigh CrossFit. Anything else should be unacceptable. If for some reason you are accepting it, then you really should ask yourself, why you are training elsewhere. Take this as a statement created by confidence, pride, honor and respect that we at Raleigh CrossFit, athletes and coaches, care about why we train. Own it. Be in the microscope and under the watchful eyes, have fun with the coaching feedback, the other athletes and coaches and have fun with the training.
The best thing to see after a correction or compliment is a smile on your face. There is satisfaction in knowing you are doing the movement efficiently and correctly. Relish in that moment and look forward to the next time.
Coaches Mike, Bobby, Kim and Chennelle are now CrossFit gymnastics certified. Here are some pics from the weekend.
Reminder: There is still time to register for 31 Heroes this Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9a and 945a. You can sign up online at www.31heroes.com. We will scale the workout for you if you need us to. Remember, we can scale the weight, the movement, reps, time, whatever. Let’s come together to train for a purpose and help to raise money for some great causes.
AMRAP 31 minutes (As Many Reps As Possible)
8 Thrusters (155/105#)
6 Rope Climbs (15 ft. ascent)
11 Box Jumps (30/24″)
This is a Partner WOD – Partner #1 will perform the work listed above. Partner #2 will run 400m with a sandbag (45/25). Once Partner #2 returns from the run, Partner #1 will grab the sandbag and begin their 400m, while Partner #2 continues work wherever #1 left off.
Score is your total # of reps
This WOD was created specifically to honor the 30 men and one dog that gave their lives for our country on August 6, 2011. It is 31 minutes long—one minute in remembrance of each hero. The rep scheme is 8-6-11—the date of their ultimate sacrifice. Finally, this is a partner WOD. The men who gave their lives were from multiple branches of our military, working together as a team. In the workout you and your team member will constantly be taking the load from each other providing much needed support and relief. We realize that no physical sacrifice made during a workout can come close to the sacrifice our brave heroes made, but we consider this WOD a CrossFitters ‘moment of silence’. This is how we can honor those that gave all in the name of freedom.
Next weekend – Sunday, Aug. 12; 10-11a
ROWING CLINIC Come on in to learn proper rowing technique.