08/30/12: Some Words of Encouragement

The past three days’ workouts were extremely tough.  Between overhead squats, double unders, pull ups, and hang power cleans, I think I have successfully frustrated nearly 100% of the 908 clientele.  This was not my intention.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses.  CrossFit is an attempt to better yourself in all areas of fitness.  It is a journey, not a race.  Heed the saying, slow your roll.  Stop trying to be the fittest person in the world in 3-months.  One, it won’t happen, and two, you are going to hurt yourself.  Focus on learning technique and practicing that technique on a weekly basis.  When your mechanics are good, and you can consistently perform technical movements like the clean and the snatch with great form, then it’s time to add weight and go a little faster.  If you all put your faith in me and the other trainers, believe in the programming at 908, and make consistency at the gym your top priority, I guarantee you phenomenal results.  We are fully invested in you and your road to fitness.  I leave you with this amazing video.  Terry Crews rocks.

Today – Work on a skill, goal, strength, endurance, or make up a missed workout.  Have fun, and get better!

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8 thoughts on “08/30/12: Some Words of Encouragement”

  1. Tim- Great message. It is that sentiment, and the kind of ship that you run, that makes 908 so great. Seriously- I’ve only worked out at a few other gyms, but I’ve seen some scary things (and of course heard the horror stories) of programming (and common sense) gone horribly wrong. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    And overhead squats, double unders, pull ups, and hang power cleans being frustrating? You didn’t include in your list (but you did in the programming) me nemesis… RUNNING!

  2. It’s great to be challenged and this week reminded me what I love about Crossfit 908. Everyone pulling for each other and not cleaning up until the whole class is done. I had only my second DNF since I started last Saturday and it was shame on me; not that fn Tim (well maybe a little fn Tim) Keep up the good work and bring it on!

  3. Frustrated? Ready to tear off what little hair I have left on my head? Throwing that stoooooooopid jumprope against the wall like a two year old?…. yes…yes and guilty. But I wouldnt change any of the programming for the world. The gains I have made in the 6 months I have been in Crossfit are a true testament of the awesome programming Tim and the whole crew put together. Like Jim said keep bringing it! Challenge us, frustrate us, kick our butts. Its the only way we will reach deep inside and find the the inner strength to get up off the floor and just so it. Hey if it was easy….everybody would be doing it

  4. Listen, if anyone needs any encouragment, just listen to Duke, Apollo Creed’s former but then turned into Rocky’s trainer after Apollo took a beating from the Russian and got killed in the ring.

  5. Tim, I still get so frustrated three years later…after Tuesday’s workout, I thought, “I suck”…”Why don’t I move faster?”, “Why do I use so much chalk??” :). But, when I calm down, I realize that I don’t suck…that we ALL are doing awesome jobs every day we come into 908. Tim, you and the whole 908 coach crew always push us to be better, stronger, faster…and I appreciate all of it. We all have our bad days, but it’s those days that I believe push us to be ever better. Juan, I have totally wanted to scream, cry, and give up with double unders so many times…even now, some workouts, I think, “I’m just going to do singles, or I might have a nervous breakdown right here on this mat!!” ;). Don’t give up!!! We are a strong, wonderful family and I’m so happy and proud to be a part of this team :). XOXO

  6. Great message Tim. I am loving Crossfit like no other workout program. I’m pretty new, so I don’t feel defeated but I agree to focus on form even in the case I come in last. It’s about the workout for me and not a race…just yet at least. 🙂