no images were foundMany times during any given week when I am coaching I get someone who gives me that “you want me to do WHAT?” look when I tell them what I want them to do. Whether it’s a weight I tell them to do thrusters with or a time to shoot for on an 800m run, or even a goal number of reps to reach before the time runs out, it seems I get that look quite a bit. That look makes me both happy and sad at the same time – happy because I can see that I’m helping to push them beyond their current level of comfort (which is absolutely essential in order for them to improve), and sad because the first thought they have is one of doubt in their abilities.
Come on people – this is CrossFit, and if you’ve learned anything by doing these crazy workouts with me I’d think it would be that regardless of how impossible it may seem at the beginning, it is most definitely within your grasp. That’s the difference between being an athlete and being a coach – the athlete sees one level of potential and the coach sees another. The hard part (sometimes) comes in convincing you that you have the ability to do what I already know you can.
An important part of being a coach (in my opinion) is that I do not see you as you are, I see you as what you are capable of becoming. And the reason I push you all so hard is that the image of “what you are capable of becoming” looks pretty ridiculous when you’re doing something at a fraction of your potential. It’s like watching the Incredible Hulk struggle to crush a soda can or Fred Astaire trip over his own feet.
So the next time I give you a seemingly impossible task (or even a perfectly acceptable task), do it confidently and purposely, as if you are the world’s leading authority on it, and do it as if everyone in class is watching you to see how it’s supposed to be done. I know you can because I can see what you’re capable of, and if I didn’t think you were capable of it I wouldn’t have told you to do it.
Good work – now do it again.