The O Word
Observing is a useful pursuit. Sometimes, on your rest day, it’s a good idea to come into CrossFit Watertown and just watch. Or come in early. Or stay late. You can learn an awful lot about movement, CrossFit, and people by just sitting quietly and paying attention to how people move, what the coaches say, and the position of feet. Yup. Feet. So critical to most movements and yet we don’t think about them nearly as much as we should. Instead of looking at a person’s head next time, focus only on their feet and see what you learn.
In other news, there is no 8am class tomorrow as we will be conducting outdoor workouts at 10:30am 12:30pm, and 2:30pm at the Watertown Fall Festival. Come on out and help us show Watertown why we love this crazy CrossFit stuff and why they would too!
David,Migs,Kirk and Lis, thanks for your encouragement tonight. My dead-lift wasn't huge, but I've never lifted that weight 3X. Thanks guys.
I like to say thank you to you beotches...I don't think I have expressed my gratitude before...my bad...but truly I am grateful for all of you who help me improve my form and push to go a little harder...thats why I love CFW...its my playground
And here's something I came across today that might you might like to read. I was thinking of how CFW is more like a dojo than what we have come to think of as a regular gym (e.g. World Gym, Bally's, etc.) -- and I came across this -- http://www.iskf.com/dojo%20kun.html
Thank you, Becky -- and everyone. You guys make it all happen, we just help. One thing that I'd like to herald is the dedication of the CFW trainers. You guys might not realize this, but they volunteer a lot of time. Often, they're there because they want to help and they want to learn, not because there is some sort of recompense. CFW could not grow and thrive without their help and support. So, thanks to Chris, Greg, Pam, Kirk, Melissa, and Jen for all they do. Your time and efforts really are appreciated.
It is a real photo David - I was one of the onlookers. Viv had amazing handstands, as did Shelley and Sue! I have to admit "watching" is something I need to work on. I tend to run in, workout, and run out. One of the best parts of CFW - I was thinking about last night after the WOD. Yesterday, I ran in (late I might add - how do two people manage to flip their vehicles on rt 8, at different places on the highway, on the same day?) and jumped into the warmup. Kirk led us through a great warmup, then Chris helped with handstand skill work. As we were setting up our bars Jen came over and reminded me to remember to explode as I hit the "pockets" during the clean. Lis challenged me to go heavy. As we hit the Wod, Kirk came over and corrected my feet positioning on my clean set up. Then when I started having trouble getting the bar over my head, Lis reminded me to set my elbows for the jerk. Chris kept running over and reminding me to keep my weight on my heels and I could hear him throughout all of the wallballs. At no point during the WOD was I ever alone. I had constant supervision - and much needed advice from four different trainers. They kept me safe and focused through the entire WOD. Often times I forget to say thank you... THANK YOU to our entire coaching staff! You guys truly are the best and are the reason why CFW keeps growing. Because of you, we are better people.
Everyone certainly has a unique insight to offer, whether you're watching a coach or someone working out. That's the best part. You always get something new out of observing.
I think I have watched as many WOD's as I have done them myself. Hearing how each coach gives form corrections or how each member uses their unique body structure to crush the WOD gives me inspiration and hope for my go around. Yesterday I witnessed the 5pm class and was awed by the site of Mary and Lis in unison doing the WOD. Both had amazing technique but different styles of approach. Sometimes if you can get out of your own head for a minute and see the world/WOD around you - it can make you a better athlete.
Viv's got a booger free nose! Also, her head looks like its in line with her spine, therefore making a safe position. I could be making that up since I dont know where the head should be but its all I got.
First, anyone not going to the Cert interested in the Run A Muck in NY on 10/3? About observation, I don't want to make any judgements, because the perspective of the camera doesn't give the whole picture. I see that Viv is working on a handstand, but I cant tell if she's getting in, coming out, hanging out what. We've been tricked too often by Lis's fancy camera work. I will say that I haven't focused on the feet when watching others and I should. I was amazed when I was videoed at the last push jerk session to see my feet go all scribble scrabble. I had no awareness of my feet doing that and since then I've been working on just sticking the landing and getting the form down like Jen and Lis told me to do. I also like watching the WODs and cheering the folks on pre and post effort, and for that matter during the effort. I'm sad because I won't be able to make it to the Watertown festival on Saturday, but I am excited to play in my first rugby game of the season. With the girls doing swimming and Sofie's schedule, this is a rare opportunity to get a Saturday to go play rugby. Oops, back to work...
Yup, I see Viv's battle scar from the other day. No blood, no glory. Also, you should be looking at your hands on a hand-stand. But, it looks like she did a good job of hollowing out. That's tough to learn after always doing the exact opposite in everything else CrossFit.
Why wouldn't you want to come hang out at CFW? Observing and hearing all the different coaching cues. We have some of the best coaching around. Since it's early in the day, I'll make the obvious observation about the photo. Viv's working on her handstand and she doesn't have too big of a scar on her chin from the bar the other day. I love coming in to watch not just the coaching and technique of others but to watch everyone attack a killer WOD and cheer them on. We've all been doing a horrific group WOD, where everyone is just gassed and giving it their all. We feed off that energy and each other when we are doing that WOD. I love that part of working out in a group. However, there is a different type of awesomeness (ha. how do you like that word Lis) when you are sitting in a chair by the door not doing a WOD and looking out at 6-8 people doing Karen and Grace's Play Date. Taking in all the max effort, work, and determination given by everyone. That's what I love about watching a WOD on my day off or before/after one of mine... I love to watch people suffer... ha. Ok...back to work
Her elbows are locked out. And thank goodness that's not me up there after nearly kicking a hole in Lis's wall. Was that ugly or what? Good thing Chris and Stacy were there to spot me and prevent another head injury!