One of my favorite things about fatherhood is vicariously experiencing my boy's first encounters with various things in his life. His realization that splashing water is fun, the look on his face when he had his first sip of coconut water, his joy when he bangs his hand on a drum, and so on and so forth. As a CrossFit coach, I've also learned a lot by watching Zach (he will be one year old on the 4th of July) as he goes about his day. Here are some of the things I've noticed:
1. Babies are natural squatters. Anyone who says squatting is bad for you has to watch ambulatory babies for just 10 minutes and they'll change their minds. Babies squat cute little butt-to-grass, have perfect biomechanics, and can hang out in a squat all day.
2. Babies love to practice. Stand up, balance, fall down, stand up, balance, take a few steps, squat, stand-up, balance, hang on to something, rinse and repeat. The single-minded determination to perfect whatever they are working on can be a fantastic lesson for us.
3. Babies don't do anything half-way. Their intensity is either zero or one hundred. When they want to do something, they give it their 100%. For example, if Zach doesn't want to lie on his back he will use every ounce of his strength, every fiber of his being to turn over. It doesn't matter who is holding him down, he feels like he's applying tremendous, supernatural strength, when all he's really doing is not holding back anything. Failure doesn't exist for him in that moment.
So next time you're in the gym, channel your inner baby: squat perfectly, practice your weaknesses incessantly, and commit yourself body, mind, and soul to the task at hand!
Reminder: The gym will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Also, we will be closed on Saturday, July 7th as Coach Armen will be competing in the Occupy Strength competition at CrossFit Balboa. Sunday, July 8th we will have classes as normal, but no CF818 Yoga, as Coach Annie will be out of town. If you have any questions or concerns about the holiday schedule, please speak to one of your coaches!
5 rounds for time:
30 Box Jumps (24/20)
30 Wall Balls (20/14)
Posted by Zareh.