Missing Lifts & Lessons Learned

Not any time soon will you find me as the poster child on how to handle a missed lift.

Like you, I have my bad training days.

I’ll miss a lift, throw something, say a few words I’d never say in front of my daughter, pout a little ….eventually process why I missed the lift, digest it only to try again.

After reviewing some of my failed lifts, it made me realize as a gym owner, as an athlete, and as a coach I need to share this with my members.

Some of them I look back on and find hilarious.

But it shows that even as a coach we go through the same struggles each day as our athletes.

All to often social media is filled with the highlight reels of accomplishment, but not the struggles and failures that got us there.

As if it diminishes the achievement. When honestly it just reflects humility and shows we’re all the same.

Missing a lift can cause a serious mental block for the next attempt. How we deal with that missed lift can impact future lifts.

Record your lifts, to have something to reflect back on. Share it with friends, coaches, or send it to me. So you can learn a lesson from that missed lift, to improve and learn how to deal with it in the future


 

Workout Motivation

Training….

What motivates us to workout?

It’s time consuming, stressful, exhausting, and at times unpleasant.

Recently I had a discussion with friend about people who NEED motivation to start training. We didn’t see eye to eye, but that’s the beauty of discussion and seeing the other persons point of view.

Which aloud me to have some self reflection. Ultimately when we first decides to workout, what is the reason?

Hopefully it comes from a genuine place of self improvement. From general observation and personal experience, when we seek out motivation to convince us to start training, sticking with it can become problematic.

Take me for example, I did six years of competitive CrossFit. For the past 2 years I honestly did not want to do it anymore. I didn’t tell a soul, because to me it seem like I was admitting of giving up.

So I looked for outside motivation to keep me in it, music, inspirational quotes, motivating videos, new gyms, and training partners. I continued to do CrossFit because I was good at it, and thought I could take it places.

I no longer did it because of my own personal growth, ultimately abandoning it all together. That false sense of motivation will not last. Its a short term fix, plugging the hole of a already sinking boat.

To truly stay motivated we have to want to improve ourselves.  Watch the full video for more!


 

We Have Some Exciting News For You!

By now you’ve heard how 98% of those who participated in our last strength cycle set new personal records for their Bench Press, Back Squat, and Deadlift.

Almost immediately I was ask when the next strength cycle would start?

Today starts our next strength cycle, which will focus on Snatch and Clean & Jerk.

Dont shy away from these, just like the last program these may be newer movements to you, but our coaches are there to help you understand and develop these movements.

These lifts are pivotal in developing overall strength and creating explosive power. Building lean muscle ass and loosing weight in the process!

What can you expect during this strength cycle?

  • During this strength cycle you will have two programmed class days that will be focused on weightlifting. These classes will include primers/warmups, technique, and strength work.
  • Each class will be led by one of our coaches, all who have experience preforming and coaching these lifts.
  • In addition to the two programmed days, there will also be two additional days of strength training available. These days will be optional and can be completed outside regular classes. In total, everyone will have access to 4 days of strength training revolving around the Olympic Lifts.

How will the strength cycle be structed at the gym?

  • Monday – Snatches, Back Squats
  • Wednesday – Clean Jerks, Front Squats
  • Friday – Auxiliary Training
  • Saturday – Make up & Skill Work

We will also be bringing in a renowned Olympic Weightlifting coach to lead a seminar halfway through our cycle. He has helped to improve many lifters technique in the past and has coached a top 5 Nationally Ranked lifter as well as a National Record Holder.

At the end of the 10 weeks, we will be holding an inter-gym Olympic Weightlifting competition. At this competition, all participants will have the ability to attempt three lifts at both the snatch and clean and jerk with the goal of achieving the highest total possible!

They will always teach and correct all movement to ensure your safety. The Olympic lifts are fundamentally safer than the traditional lifts.

We are all looking forward to these next 10 weeks and seeing the improvements that are made throughout this cycle.

If you have any questions regarding the cycle please see Joe, Hussey, or any of our other Strength and Conditioning coaches.