Ask Smashby: 9/26/12

Posted: September 26, 2012 in CrossFit, Media, Training
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I’m going to start this off with a bit of “constructive criticism” I received from my friend.

Adam Griffin is one the most handsome men in Denver (maybe you remember him from this video), and a close friend of mine. His feedback to me after watching the video below (in which I talk about relationships) was, “It’s a great topic, but you could have done without the comparison to family, the point stands enough on it’s own.”
My logic for including that in the video is this: There are many different kinds of relationships that we have. I say that the only one where there will be a nearly certain outcome, though, is that relationship we have with “the barbell.” My comparison to family issues was to simply say that you never know what can happen with our interactions with other people.

Either way, my message here is simple:

If you put in half of the effort with your training, rest, and nutrition, I feel you should expect half of the results.
However, if you truly dedicate yourself to doing those things well, your potential for performance and improved health is nearly unimaginable.

As always, I would love to hear your feedback on this stuff, guys.

  1. Aaron Ellingham says:

    Interesting post, but you seem to have forgotten one of the most important relationships Crossfit can have, and that’s the relationship between a coach and his athlete(s). I had an athlete of mine who I’ve known for years come up to me and say, “I physically lifted that because mentally I knew I could, and I’ve never thought that before” So my question to you is this, how do you mentally prepare your athletes? How do you coach them to get to that point where it becomes more mental than just physical?

    • Smashby says:

      Aaron, GREAT question! For me, personally, I am a HUGE believer in SLOWLY building confidence from my athletes with weight. So, where some trainers might be all about PR, after PR, after PR, I am not that way.

      I could have new athletes working with 95lb. back squats for MONTHS until the weight almost gets boring, and then all of a sudden toss 135 on there and see them jump for joy when they hit a FORTY pound PR.

      If I were training athletes whose GOAL was to compete and be at that level, my approach might be different. But 8 times out of 10, I’m working with athletes who are very inexperienced in many of these movements.

      The concept of “Form, Consistency, Intensity” (in that order), that CrossFit HQ preaches, is 100% my mentality when I’m coaching. When athletes are new to these movements, my goal is mental confidence FIRST, over physical confidence.

      Does that make sense?

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