As many of you know, a couple weeks ago I spent the weekend earning my CrossFit Level 2 Certificate. The entire weekend was a great experience and I would recommend it to every CrossFit coach that really wants to see some big improvements in their coaching, their gym, and the performance of their athletes.
During the weekend, there was a recurring theme that was a great lesson to learn as a coach, but also one that I think a lot of athletes can learn from.
This recurring theme was to “be relentless”.
Not to be relentless by constantly badgering or belittling the students if they’re doing something incorrect, but to be relentless in your pursuit of excellence and your expectations of your athletes.
We talked a lot about how not everyone is going to have a perfect squat or deadlift or front rack or press on day 1, but if you’re not constantly trying to work with your athletes to chase perfection, they’re safety may be compromised and their performance will definitely suffer.
Although I’ve been saying for years now that you should all strive to make all the movements look perfect with a PVC pipe because it will make the movement easier once you have some external load (a barbell) to work with, we’ve never really DEMANDED that this be the case.
However, the more and more that our coaching staff at Cróga pays closer attention to this, the more and more that we notice those that move well with their PVC pipe move better with their barbell.
And, the more and more that we drill these movements and are relentless in our pursuit of better movement with the PVC pipes, the better the classes move as a whole.
So, with that, I want to challenge you all to be relentless.
Be relentless in your pursuit of higher elbows in the front rack position.
Be relentless in demanding that you squat below parallel and don’t stop squatting until you do.
Be relentless by not counting that wall ball that hit the wall 3 or 4 inches below the green line.
Be relentless by demanding of yourself that you always try to move more efficiently, safer and through the full range of motion for the movements required, whether that’s with a PVC pipe or a 225 lb barbell in hand.
You will be better for it.