Preparation Destroys Fear

Crossfit Uncommon is a new gym. We have not been open for a month yet. Therefore I am a new coach and with that comes some struggle with questioning if what I’m doing and saying is the best thing for our athletes. While sitting here questioning my abilities and having a pity party a thought came to my mind. This wasn’t a new thought but one I hadn’t had in a very long time. “Preparation destroys fear”. So what did I do to address the feelings i was having? I didn’t give into them that’s for sure. I evaluated our programming and its effectiveness. I have taken a look back through the last three weeks and assessed where each athlete was and where they are today. I sent out emails to the top coaches I know asking if they can recommend any reading material that might make me a better coach. One thing that gets you through the tough times in life is knowing that you have prepared, you have put in the time and the effort and that when the wind blows you will not be broken. At CrossFit Uncommon we have prepared and that has created an atmosphere of learning and an attitude that you have permission to succeed too, you have permission to not fear! Think about it, think about a fear you have. Is it a fear because you know you have not prepared for it? Preparation breads confidence and positive results.

Perfect example. One of our athletes who is very new to CrossFit saw the workout posted online for the next day. She knew she was coming to the gym to do that workout and saw one of the movements was burpees. Most people hate burpees and I don’t blame them. Now instead of sitting in fear of what tomorrow would bring she instead did burpees, at home! She prepared herself for what she knew was coming so when it came, she had no fear of it. Funny ending to it, I changed the workout and there were no burpees. But! She was ready for it if it came.

Today challenge yourself. What is your fear? What are you doing to prepare for it? Not preparing so you can survive what it brings, but preparation so you can overcome and rise above it. Today is not a day to be weak and thrown about by every blow that comes your way.

This is a quote by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman as he describes his belief in the professionalism of coaches. As my athletes this is my promise to you and I will not break this promise.

“My commitment to my athletes is clearly expressed and perceived in our first meeting. I am all theirs. They are the object of my focus and the focus of my conversation. They come back not because of my physical capacity but because they believe in my capacity to develop theirs. World-class athletes rarely make world-class trainers.

I understand that the modern and near-universal trend of skill-less and low-skill programming delivers inferior results and makes cheerleaders of trainers. I’ll have none of it. I have to understand the mechanics, cues, and techniques of complex movements and to be able to teach them to others. I bring a skill set to my training that scares off most trainers.

Keeping up with my athlete’s progress demands that I continue to refine and advance my understanding of advanced skills. If a trainer’s clients aren’t testing the limits of his knowledge, he’s not doing a good enough job with them. The master trainer is eager and proud to have a student exceed his abilities but seeks to delay it by staying ahead of the athlete’s needs rather than by retarding the athlete’s growth.

Because I want my clients’ training experience to transcend the physical realm, I am obligated to understand their jobs, hobbies, families, and goals. Motivating clients to transcend fitness requires that I be involved in their lives. This isn’t going to happen without my being both interested in them and interesting to them.

Being a voracious reader of books, newspapers, and magazines, I have no shortage of conversation, ideas, and knowledge to share, and so you’ll find me at my clients’ parties, weddings, and family gatherings. Indeed, I am a personal friend to nearly every one of my clients. This is extremely gratifying work and often emotionally charged, but that’s all right because I am an integral part of my athlete’s lives, and life is full of laughter, tears, and hope. The technical merits of my training, contribute to a professional relationship with my clients that they value uniquely.” Greg Glassman


author: Pete Deiwert


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