This is a little rant from myself (Tim). I want everyone to know that I enjoy seeing everyone everyday. A big part of this occupation is interacting with all of you and assisting you in any way I am able. But there lies the problem too… Seeing you everyday also means you are most likely training everyday!
Here’s the thing. I have no problem seeing you everyday if you are balancing training, active recovery work, and just simply rolling out. If your performance, ability to produce force, agility / coordination, etc. increased every time I see you daily, then I would say you are doing something fantastic; however, I see a lot people decreasing in performance, strength lifts, and stamina.
A big part of the reason is because recovery is not being taken seriously. How you recover directly affects how your body will function on a day to day basis.
The balance between training and recovery is different for everyone. If you have any questions, please speak to any trainer of choice. Have a wonderful Easter everybody. -Tim
This post was done by Mike James. I couldnt agree more with what mike shared in this blog. When we decide to put others before ourselves, thats when we will see transformation.
I have an issue. This is an issue that can be easily fixed. I need you all to care. I need you all to care not just about yourselves, but the others that you are working out with. I understand we are all adults, we all have many MANY things to do in our busy lives. We’re not kids, we don’t play on jungle gyms or play hop skotch- granted we do jump rope- we don’t play in team dodgeball (we may in the future) etc. The point is: we’re so caught up in being prestigious. Many of us care about how good we look, how much we lift, how much we know. Do me a HUGE favor and turn off the bullshit spewer. This may seem harsh coming from me. I don’t like being mean, I take no joy. I’m telling you this because as time has gone on in the time I have been here, it has gotten worse.
I am no amazing Crossfit guru and quite the contrary, I’m a young pup learning as much as I can day in and day out. Erik himself says, “I want members to come back to me and prove me wrong, I want them to research for their own health”. I couldn’t agree more. I have an addition. SHARE IT. Share something handy you learned, let someone else put it to the test, see if it works for them! The fitness and health world is something that is constantly changing and growing. There is no end all be all answer. Share your knowledge that you find, but also… share a weakness. I know it’s tough, no one likes doing it. I’m not telling you to break down and tell me your life story. I want you to talk about something that you DESPISE in the box because you just can’t get it, don’t quite understand, don’t have the mobility for, etc. The first step to overcoming an obstacle is admitting it. Saying it aloud to your friends at the gym is guaranteeing you that someone that cares about you is going to be on your ass about stepping your game up.
My most despised movement that makes me feel weaker than a 4 year old boy is: The Overhead Squat. Surprised? I know I’ve posted about it twice. I hate it. I get demolished by that movement and it makes me want to back squat heavier than I have before to make myself feel better. See? I said it. Every single person who is going to read this is going to be on me about my OHS. Please, do. Ask if I rolled out today, ask me how it’s going. I need it. Guess what? YOU DO TOO. YOU CANNOT BE A GOD ALL THE TIME. We all have shitty days, we all have days where we perform worse than we ever have before. It’s not how bad we perform or react, it’s how we pull ourselves out of that hole that makes us a champion.
Everyone needs to stop being so high and mighty and drink a tall glass of humility. No one walks into the box and says, “who’s day am I going to ruin today?” If you do, then come have a talk with me so we can sort you out. Be honest with yourselves by being honest with the hardened badasses who you work out with week in and week out. Celebrate your victories amongst each other, and acknowledge your faults and weaknesses the same way. Together, we can become an unstoppable force, closer than any other crossfit gym could hope to achieve.
So today was pretty different, yeah? A little stroll down a different path. Not your typical workout day, but something pretty interesting nonetheless. I hope you enjoyed it. I wanted you guys to experience the world of Strongman in a controlled state, something not life-threatening but still the same exact principle as a Strongman Medley. Carrying things that aren’t on barbells is different. Most things in our lives don’t have a handle. Awkward strength is very important in our lives. We work overall strength to be ready for the weight of almost everything we may encounter, but it’s nice to practice the weird pick ups and work on real hands on feats of functionality. I chose the sport of strongman because it forced me to combine versatility with absolute strength and power. I have to be ready for anything that may come up in these contests, and I am happy to say there is definitely some translation to real world stuff I come across. I have taken it to the extreme and chosen my path in terms of practically eliminating my local endurance in exchange for maximal intensity in a very short window. It makes me happy and it keeps me on my toes. I hope today showed how strong you’ve become over the many weeks/months, and how there’s always room to improve even further. Keep getting stronger, keep getting faster, keep making your mind a force to be reckoned with. Rest well and understand tomorrow: I will test your mental toughness.