When people talk to me about getting into CrossFit or Olympic Weightlifting I always tell them the only way to know what its about is to try it. Then once they try if they like it, then they need to find a place to workout with other people. Probably the most important thing I tell them is to find a coach that can put eyes on them and coach them effectively. You can learn a lot through the internet nowadays, but nothing replaces the eyes of a qualified coach. This applies to goes “experienced” people as well. There is never a point that if your an athlete/client that you couldn’t benefit from coaching one way or another.
I made a realization as soon as football was over that I need to be working out with people that are experienced CrossFit competitors and with the eyes of an experienced CrossFit coach (CJ). So for a lot of January I went down to CrossFit Invictus to work out with their competition team. From just working out with that crew for a few weeks I learned some great pointers. Great pointers that I share with my clients when it comes to CrossFit. I also saw that I have had some holes in the programming that I have done with my clients here at CrossFit USD. Now I follow the CrossFit Invictus Competition WODs and share them with my clients at CrossFit USD. Of course we scale when appropriate. And I’m happy to say that I have gotten better and have learned some great things that I think will help my clients and myself.
The main message of this post is that no matter how experienced you think you are as a coach or competitor. Nothing replaces being coached by someone other than yourself. Many times over the last month I have done things that I normally wouldn’t have done in a workout because I either wouldn’t have wanted to do it, or I wouldn’t have thought of doing it.
I like to think that because I have been able to put my ego aside and have allowed myself to be around people better than me and people that can teach me, I can better serve my clients as a coach, and myself as an athlete.
You are never too experienced to learn!