Coach Thoughts Prior to Wodapalooza

I am laying here in bed on Tuesday evening the 10th as I write this blog. Tomorrow morning, I am getting up at 4:30am to hit the 9 hour drive with one of our TTT coaches Brannen at the wheel, and our massage therapist Tony. Today I discovered I made an error in the scheduling of this week’s blog. I was unprepared to write this, but funnily enough we are always unprepared no matter how much we try to control the chaos. Competitions are no different, and we must be ready to execute when nothing goes according to plan. Neuroticism and a desire to ‘control’ too much generally ends up backfiring. And so, I don’t allow the tension in my emotions to stop me from doing what I know needs to be done for my business. I write these thoughts without a scripted topic.

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New Year of Learning

The more I experience life, the more I realize that life is an opportunity to learn – learn about life itself, learn about love, learn about triumph, learn about reality, learn about yourself, and learn about how ignorant we are to this human experience. I am writing this blog as a reminder to my future self of all the lessons I learned (or re-learned) this past year, and also because I think they could be valuable lessons for most people. I write my blogs using stream of consciousness so this is not an exhaustive list of things I feel I’ve learned this year, but hopefully I will remember 2016 as a pretty transformative year in my life, and am excited to push into 2017 and continue to build momentum for the time life offers me.

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Holiday Blog Break

The holidays are a time for family, friends, reflection, and relaxation. In spirit of the holidays we are going to take a 2 week blog break to allow everyone time to spend with their loved ones and give our coaches a break from content creation. We will pick back up with our regular scheduled blogs on Sunday, January 8th.

A Mantra For Life and Becoming a “Man”

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Life is hard. If you think life isn’t hard or up until this point it has not been hard for you, I would put money on it that your time is coming. At TTT HQ we have been doing a lot of talking about the struggles of life, relationships, and sports, and it seems that emotions are the ultimate determiners of experience. The more I think about that, the funnier I find society. We are all striving for ‘happiness’ without ever really discussing what that actually means. So many people would automatically answer “yes” without thinking to the question “Are you happy?”, and yet they often go on buying sprees or change relationships to try and fill a hole they may not admit to themselves they may be feeling. Many times, we have forgotten how to love, and what we identify as that feeling is really a need to possess. We get angry if a significant other does not change a status on Facebook or tell our children we pay for them so they owe us. Sometimes, we create a phobia for the negative ranges of emotions and very few people, especially men, are given permission to express and communicate the negative ranges of feelings inside of their psyches. Under all of these circumstances, it is nearly impossible to really know ourselves enough to truly love and connect with others. Without a sense of community on a level that is real, and not just a bunch of social gestures combined with society’s material measurements, it would be nearly impossible to find true happiness and contentment.

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Launching the TTT Business Seminar

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            The last decade in the fitness market has been an exciting, paradigm shifting time for many people.  The explosion of CrossFit™ has brought many fitness professionals into the world of entrepreneurship.  In the beginning, it didn’t require that much knowledge of either training or business to thrive as a small gym.  The landscape has shifted though, and opening a gym is a much more difficult task now.  Many gym owners I’ve spoken to are desiring to upgrade their business models, many young driven fitness professionals are chomping at the bit to earn their independence in the industry, and many advanced gyms are trying to figure out the current trends so they can properly launch their next iterations of services, and maintain their spots as innovators.

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How Do I Learn to be a Great Coach?

 

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The growth of Training Think Tank has been greater than I could ever have envisioned when I first set out to try to make an impact on the (fitness) world.  But, with all growth comes new challenges.  Because I am bringing on new coaches and being asked to mentor, I am struggling to define “good coach” and all the variables that go into that distinction.  I think people assume I’m being modest when I say I don’t know if I’m “good” because I have made an impact in people’s lives, coached people in professional sports, and have gained some degree of popularity. They assume that I must think I am “good.”  But, the label is curious.  I always wondered, what exactly defines a good coach?  Is it their academic knowledge, their experience, the depth of their knowledge base in other disciplines like human behavior, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, and the human experience, or is it social proof?

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2016 Crossfit Games

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As is always the case when I leave the CrossFit Games, I have a lot of thoughts/feelings and many people are asking me about them. I felt it was appropriate to write them down in order to share them. Because they are complex, and I am not great with words, I felt my typical overly long blog was a way to weed out the people who really wanted to know from the ones who are just asking for the sake of asking. What follows below is as clear of a representation of the internal chaos as I can create with my limited verbal skills:

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Blog Break

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We normally post a new article each Sunday but since today is the final day at the 2016 Crossfit Games we will not be posting an article this week. The next article will be published on July 31st.

Is Your “Competitiveness” Making You Worse?

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The Importance of Semantics

I put the word competitiveness in quotes in the title of this article because I think issues in communication largely arise from having different interpretations of words. For example, a gymnast who can do an iron cross might call themselves strong and think that a power-lifter, in spite of an ability to deadlift triple bodyweight, is weak because of their definition of strength. The gymnast defines strength through the ability to control ones body in space, isometric contraction forces, scapular stabilization strength, end range strength and the power-lifter classifies it through the physical characteristics that give someone the ability to move external objects of the highest loads in space. Definitions and categorizations are always relative to the perspective lens we use to analyze the world. Throughout my career as a coach, I have found that people sometimes limit their own likelihood of success based on their improper understanding of the word ‘competitive.’

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Reflections on Regionals

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Initially when I started coaching, I genuinely believed that a coach could be the differentiating factor in creating champions. As my knowledge grew and I coached a variety of people in different sports with different levels of talent, I realized that this was not the case. People who become champions (or winners or CrossFit Games qualifiers or whatever ‘success’ metric you want to use) are a beautiful combination of preparation, exquisite genetics, perfect timing, excellent execution, confidence in abilities, and a million other chaotic variables we can’t control. As a result of this realization, my business, marketing, and content will never be marketed on the lie that there is an optimal program, or an optimal plan, or a scientific way to guarantee results or develop a competitive edge. We coach people, period. We strive to develop technical proficiency, movement quality, long-term health, better strength, better endurance, more robust athletes, relationships, and overall good structure. And we aim to do it better than anyone else. But that isn’t measurable, and so I can’t guarantee even that.

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