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 as he goes about his day. Here are some of the things I've noticed:
1. Children 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. Children 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. Children 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 child: squat perfectly, practice your weaknesses incessantly, and commit yourself body, mind, and soul to the task at hand!
A. EMOTM 5
rest 2 minutes
rest 2 minutes
*start with a light/moderate weight, and add weight into the second piece and into the third piece
B. AMRAP 8 minutes:
*every time you miss, complete 8 wall ball (20/14)
Posted by Zareh.