Hello and welcome to Ask Sam. This is a blog where I will be open to questions and hopefully help you find a better you with less confusion about life, lifts, and love. In beginning this new series I decided to begin with a very open ended question that will hopefully spark some great discussion around the ol’ chalk bucket. This week I am going to tackle the question:
How did Sam get so good at CrossFit? I’ve been working on (fill in the blank) and still haven’t been able to get it, why not?
This gets at why I love CrossFit and all that it has to offer. There is always something that can be achieved, you can always aim for something greater, and it is within yourself to make it happen. There are the typical things such as muscle-ups, handstands, pull-ups, and beating Luke Middleton at a one mile run (stroller and all). What needs to happen is a combination of two things. First of all you need to look at the progress that has been made up to this point. It is easy to get frustrated and think that the goal will never be achieved, but there are so many other things that you have accomplished since starting your new lifestyle. We quickly forget about those and only focus on the obstacles in front of us.
Secondly it gets at personal ownership of your goals and the effort that is being put into achieve those goals. I truly believe that receiving education about a skill is eighty percent of what is needed to accomplish said skill. There great resources on the web and videos galore to show progressions. Things such as MOOV University! are great because you get people that want to accomplish the same thing as you and someone else may have the bit of knowledge that is needed to get you over the hump, or bar or rings. Us coaches think we know everything, but I cannot count the number of times it has been a fellow athlete that is the one that gives the helping hand before a goal is crossed off the board.
As this New Year begins we all have things we want to accomplish inside and outside of the place where Zach punishes us all. It is key to remember it is a process to accomplish change and the education needed can come from anywhere.
So here is the scoop going for this “Ask Sam” blog going forward. Send all questions you may have about life, lifts, or love to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer them right here going forward.