Recently, I took the USAW Olympic Certification Course Level 1. For my own personal edification.
My one take away: I wish I would have started with Olympic lifting before CrossFit.
The course was amazing. I had amazing trainers who know their stuff. I got good, honest feedback on my moves. I learned how to properly teach the clean and jerk and the snatch and their progressions. And I learned about the sport, which before I had not known much at all.
Honestly, I left mad. Mad at myself for not doing this sooner. Mad at myself for not getting educated before I started CrossFit. Mad how I have to start from scratch to learn proper technique in some regards.
I also left grateful. Grateful I now know my kids need to do Olympic lifting before CrossFit. I need to find a coach who knows what he or she is doing. And now I know if the coach knows what he or she is doing.
One of Oprah’s sayings I never forget is: when you know better, you do better. Well, now I know. And better I shall do.