Get Angry…And then Do Something About it!


Yesterday, I vented my frustrations with my snatch form.  I know I’m doing it wrong, and I’m angry at my ignorance when I first started.  And not knowing anything about CrossFit, I couldn’t self-correct.

Yesterday, I went to Oly class with Justin Thompson, a Level 3 CrossFit coach/Olympic lifting coach who owns Fort Collins Athlete Factory.

Yesterday, I learned to jerk correctly.

Yesterday, I learned to deadlift correctly.

Yesterday, I decided to channel my anger into results.

My new goal is to make it to Oly class as many days as I can.  To ask as many questions as I can.  To watch and learn and heed my coach’s advice.  To nail form and watch my PR’s skyrocket.

So must you.

It does you no good to seethe about the past.  Do something about it!  In all areas of your life.

If you don’t like something, get angry about it and then change it!  Life is too short to do otherwise.

Today at Oly we are snatching.

Today at Oly I will learn how to correct myself.

Today I can begin to re-train my body and do what it’s supposed to do.

Today is a new day.

It won’t be easy.

Nothing in life worth doing is easy.

Would you want it to be?

Overcoming Muscle Memory…

Muscle memory.  Love it.  And hate it.

Today during my power snatches, I reached my max.  In order to land it proficiently, I had to drop lower in my squat.  Well, it’s really, REALLY hard when my muscle memory hits the same spot every time.  I have to focus on it in order to land lower.  But I also have to focus on bar path and lock out, etc.  Ugh!!!

You want to train muscle memory and rely on it when the weight is heavy.  Yet in this instance, it’s not such a good thing.  So how to overcome it?tip-do-the-power-snatch-from-the-hang

My plan is to train it with low weight.  Drop lower than I need to with an empty bar and then gradually add weight.  And of course to do this over and over again–to reprogram the memory so I can drop lower when it’s heavy.

It’s why I’m seeking a CrossFit coach for my girls.  So they learn it correctly the first time. However, I’m finding it extremely challenging for private lessons when they are teenagers.  No one wants to do it.  Or they want to charge me a fortune.  Very frustrating for me.  I’m L1 Certified and can.  I’m just unsure of my skill level.

With CrossFit there’s always something to work on.  ALWAYS.  Never boring that’s for sure.