Everyone needs a coach. No matter what you do.
I didn’t always know this — at least not in these words. I left school thinking I was on my own, but in reality, you have to keep working on yourself, whether it’s your writing, career, personality, sport… you name it.
At work, it’s my peers, the blogs I follow, books, my husband. When I did Kung Fu, it was my sifus (teachers). They challenged me to reach beyond what I thought my potential was so that I would improve and exceed my own expectations.
It’s no different in the gym. I can work out in my backyard all day long, but my coach is the person I turn to to help me get better. Andy’s been a casual coach for me. He constantly challenges me and helps me rethink my routines (even though sometimes I resist. Hard.) But spouses aren’t ideal coaches because they are your best friends first and your coach second.
I’ve found that the most effective coaches are your coach first and your friend second.
RedBlackGymRedBlack GymIn this Gym we are your coach FIRST friend Second. Family always. Which gives us a license to break yo’ ass down. Only to build you stronger
I’ve had my coach for 2 1/2 years. I am fiercely loyal to him. He is the guy who demands that I give my all. There are no excuses. You either do the work or you go home.
This morning I was practicing kipping pullups before class like one of the other coaches suggested when he walked up.
“You really want to get better at pullups? Do negatives. You’re about ‘this’ far from the bar. It’s just a matter of strength.”
So that’s what I’m going to do. Because I trust him. He knows.
Then during the workout, despite my best efforts to keep my core tight, I just couldn’t lift my hips at the same as my chest during pushups. So he told me to do them on my knees. Better to have good form from the knees than sloppy form from the toes. It feels like a demotion, but he’s right. So I did. Speaking of this morning’s WOD:
3 min AMRAP / 1 min rest
9 box jumps
6 DB goblet squats (M 55# / W 35#)
Results: 10 rounds (+ jumps each round, squats on first round) @ 35# KB
I know it’s not always easy to find that person who can be an effective guide, coach, teacher — whatever. If you’re looking for a Crossfit coach, I found an interesting post about how to choose a coach, because there’s a ton out there now and not all of them are going to be right for you.
Who is your coach? What do you like about him/her? How have they helped you?