09 March 2013

Alright, so let me start off by saying that the last year and a half has been a whirlwind experience.  From starting off at Vanguard gym where I first met everyone, to the garage and now to PWC it has been a learning experience for everyone especially myself.  I still remember Taylor picking me up at my old apartment to head down to Trident CrossFit for our level 1 cert. 

I’ve seen all of you make incredible gains over the last year and a half.  I’ve seen Pam go from ZERO pull ups to now knocking out 10 UB chest to bar and HSPU.  I’ve seen Zach go from a CrossFit Total of around 500lbs to him being the first person in the group with a body weight snatch and his new total is probably around the 650lbs+.   I’ve seen Taylor go from a 200lbs back squat to a 300lbs back squat without sacrificing too much of his running ability.  He still can run a mile in under 5:30.  I’ve seen Ciara go from where she couldn’t do a squat clean to now being one of the best Oly lifters at the gym.  Plus, she just hit a 125lbs snatch.  I’d bet she’ll be the first girl that I’ve seen do a body weight snatch (that’s a challenge to the rest of the ladies and guys for that matter.)  I’ve seen El go from her very first CrossFit competition where she had only 3 months experience to now competing at almost all of the local comps.  Plus, her run time and metcon times have decreased.  Oh, did I mention she can still out deadlift all the girls plus some of the guys.  I’ve seen Anita go from a clean that wasn’t very easy to watch to now she can squat clean with the best of them at her age.  I’ve also seen many other athletes that I have been fortunate to coach over the last year or so improve drastically and make gains that have made me proud.

Where is all this leading?  Well, I’ve been doing some thinking and I think it is time for to step aside as a coach and just be a fellow CrossFitter.  When we moved to PWC I talked with Sherry and Anya and made an arrangement with them that they would allow me to do my workouts on the other side of the gym with a small group.  That has since evolved into me “coaching” and has taken away from what they are trying to teach and coach.  And to be honest, it isn’t my place to consider myself a coach or be a coach at the gym because I am not.  I love coaching and helping people achieve their fitness goals, and one day I hope to make it my full time job.  But until that day, I need to step aside and stay in my line.  Just like everything in life change is necessary and required for growth.  I feel like all of you will only continue to grow and I feel like I will be able to grow as well.

I am still going to be going to the gym at 5pm M-W and F and 9am on Saturdays.  I am still going to be doing the workouts that Laura sends to me, and if any of you still want to workout with me I don’t see a problem with that.  However, I am taking down the blog and I won’t be providing extra coaching or tips.  If you want to workout with me then you are doing so as a workout partner.  Which means you will have to figure out the movements and other “coaching” cues elsewhere.  I’ve put in a lot of time and effort over the last year and a half, and I’ve had incredible amounts of stress that personally I feel was self-inflicted stress and I’ve just had enough.  Guys, I don’t want to be the person that yells and curses all the time which I feel makes coming to the gym no fun at all.  I want to get back to the basics of CrossFit and just enjoy coming into the gym. 

I just feel like it is time for me to step away for a bit and re-focus.  So, if you want to workout with great, but realize that you are doing so as a workout partner and I’m not going to watch and cue you through the lifts and movements anymore.  I’ll help still but not in anyway that seems like I am coaching.  Honestly, I just want to workout, push myself, and get into the best possible shape that I can.  I hope you all can understand where I am coming from and if you have any questions at all please let me know.    

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