Onto the Next One – Goal Crushers: 5/15/11

Posted: May 16, 2011 in CrossFit, Media, Training
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I’m pleased to announce another “Series” of posts here on the blog! For now, at least, I’m going to call it “Onto the Next One – Goal Crushers”, and here I will feature stories about athletes at our gym who meet and exceed specific accomplishments that they set for themselves on our white board we use to write down goals!

Alon Avdi is an athlete that has been training with us for less than two months. He had never done CrossFit before and had never even heard of many movements he has been taught to perform. Alon has jumped in with no fear, however, and is quickly improving in every single aspect of his health and fitness! He had two goals written up on our “Goal Board” at CrossFit Lakewood, and one of them was to “Snatch 75lbs by June 1st, 2011“.

As a coach, my aim is to help athletes set “SMART” goals. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely. (or Tangible) I’d say Alon’s goal above is pretty “SMART”.

For yesterday’s Sunday Funday workout he walked in the door and said, “Hey Tom, do you know what today is?” I had a list of incredibly witty replies already lined up, but you count out-funny a funny guy (and Alon is FUNNY!) so I just told him that I didn’t. “Time to knock that goal off of the board.” Twist my arm, I’m not going to stop someone who’s so pumped to reach one of his goal destinations 2 WEEKS early!

While there is still plenty of room for improvement, Alon knows this and we will continue to work on his form to make him a stronger athlete. If you know anything about weight lifting, though, Alon absolutely crushes this weight. He ALREADY has the strength to lift significantly more weight than this, but as we say in CrossFit: Form first. Then consistency. THEN intensity. It will be no time at all before he is Squat Snatching double his original “Goal Weight”!!

Alon, congrats on a HUGE PR!!

I’ll end with a very important thought. I’ll call this the “Gut Check of the Day”:

A LOT of you guys wrote goals on the board. Some of the goals were very specific, too. I noticed last night that some of the “achievement dates” have come and gone already. Did you forget about yours? Have you spent some time each week trying to improve your skills to help get you towards your goal? If weight loss is what you wrote down, have you improved your diet?

Remember, some people wrote down where they wanted to be to help hold them accountable. Writing it down but not doing anything about it isn’t going to help you get closer. It still takes your hard work and dedication. Let me know if I can do anything to help you reach your goal!

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