This whole “you need a coach” stuff has been written about so many times I’m not going to bore you with it. YES! If you want to be good at crossfit you need a coach. YES! If you want to be a good weightlifter you need a coach. YES! If you want to be good at gymnastics you need a coach. You all get it right?
So what is the point of what I am writing you ask…. As a weightlifting coach I coach a certain way. I was taught this way, I have seen huge gains from the way I was coached, and I trust and am loyal to my coach. I will take advice from another coach, and I appreciate another eye on my technique when I am not lifting with my coach, but I do what my coach says and I stick with her style of coaching. I am just like a loyal dog in that sense. When you have a designated coach for crossfit, he/she coaches you in crossfit. You trust that coach and you listen to them. When you have a weightlifting coach, you listen to them and you apply what they have taught you. You as an athlete have intrusted that person to coach you in what ever expertise they have. So with that said, why would you as an athlete get crossfit advice from one coach, and then go over to another coach and get advice from that coach and etc. etc. etc. How confusing would that be for the athlete and how frustrating for your main coach that has taught you a certain way and you come back to them doing something different and they are thinking what the heck!
I don’t know how many times I have coached an athlete weightlifting, they go to another coach and that coach has taught them something different. The athlete then comes back to me, I have to go back and correct or change back the way I had the athlete lifting before they went to another coach. Now the athlete is confused and I’m thinking what the heck. Just pick which style works for you and stick to it. It doesn’t serve you the athlete to have three different voices all trying to coach a certain sport. It causes the athlete to be confused and as a coach it is frustrating.
Have your coach, be it crossfit, weightlifting or gymnastics and trust them and be loyal to them, but don’t whore yourself out to three different coaches that coach the same sport and expect to not get confused. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it. Loyalty and trust. Find someone to coach you that you can be loyal to and trust. Do your research, find the best coach in your area that coaches the sport you want to learn and trust them to coach you. Take advice from other coaches but know you have one coach for your given sport. Even if another well respected weightlifting coach came to me, wanted to change something about one of my lifts, I would listen but stick to my coach’s way of doing things. Again just me being a loyal dog.
On April 20th myself and Coach Michael Winchester will be hosting the first Barbell Sport lifting seminar at Crossfit Central’s down town location.We wanted to host the seminar because we understand the importance of being proficient at the Olympic lifts as it pertains to CrossFit. We also understand that being proficient at the Olympic lifts will enhance your power and speed at any sport you perform in.
The focus of the seminar will naturally be on the snatch, and the clean & jerk. We will also focus on different exercises that compliment and improve these lifts. Along with that, we will help you find the proper hand placement on the bar, proper foot placement and starting position off the ground. The seminar will compliment the beginner and will improve the person that has some lifting experience. I have had the privilege of being coached by some of the best coaches and it is an honor to be able to pass it on to others.
The only issue is that there are only six spots remaining! If you have a desire to improve the your Olympic lifts, you NEED to sign up for this. CrossFit has become a competitive sport and the Olympic lifts have become an important part of the sport of CrossFit. Don’t get left out! Sign up HERE