COACH’S CORNER – COACH SCRAPPY
Let me start off by saying ‘HI,’ and I miss seeing my Wrath family regularly. For the people who know me, I will be back full-time at some point. But right now, it will continue to be just on the weekends: Friday nights and Saturday mornings. For the people who have not meet me, I am Coach Scrappy. I have been a member of Wrath for over 3 years and a coach for almost 2 years. I have been traveling for work, so I have not been around as much as I would like to but look forward to meeting all of the new people eventually.
For this week’s topic for Coaches Corner, I want to talk to y’all about CONSISTENCY! Consistency is what makes the last three week’s topics work. To review, we discussed Effort, Intensity, and Listening. To become a better athlete (and yes everyone reading this is an athlete so do not think any differently) we must be consistent in all these areas in our training to see results. We must start off by first being consistent about making it to the box to workout. Yes, we all have busy lives. But if we want to see improvement, we need to be attending classes consistently to constantly improve our skills and strengths. At a minimum, we should be getting to the box 3 times a week and that is just to maintain the level of fitness we are currently at. Coming to the box once or twice a week is not a benefit to you or to any of your class mates. If we are not coming to the box on a consistent basis, we miss out on valuable information that is covered every day on how to improve our fitness. Plus, our body is not getting the exercise it needs to improve beyond its current state. So with everyone’s busy schedule, we have to make exercise a scheduled appointment and sign in to Wodify to help hold each other accountable. However you maintain your schedule— on your phone, a planner, a computer, sticky notes—make an appointment to GO TO THE BOX, and do not break that appointment with yourself.
As a person who was in the box 6 days a week for multiple hours at a time, I know what it is like to be a consistent athlete. I also know what it is like to be inconsistent. When I started traveling for work, I was thrown out of my normal routine and became inconsistent with my box attendance and lost my level of fitness very quickly. It was hard traveling and finding boxes that I could workout at because everywhere I went, I expected the same level of greatness that we get at Crossfit Wrath. It was hard to walk into a box and feel at home when I didn’t find the welcoming and friendly people we have at Wrath. Other boxes also don’t have the level of equipment and cleanliness we have at Wrath. And last but not least, the great leadership in the Wrath coaching staff. We do not know what we have is so awesome until we are forced to experience the other side of that. I found myself making excuses to not go to the box and would only walk into the box once or twice a week when I was home on the weekend thinking I could just make up for the week in 2 days. Well, I was wrong, and quickly began to lose my fitness that I had worked so hard to achieve. Let me tell you, once you lose that level of fitness, it is hard to get it back because you know the amount of work that you had to put in to get there and now you have to do it again—you realize, you should have never stopped to begin with. So value what we have at Crossfit Wrath with the amazing community, awesome equipment, and great coaching by being consistent in your attendance.
Every time you walk into the box, put max effort into what you are doing whether it is metconning of just stretching. Keep your intensity level high because that is how you improve is your fitness, which improves your overall well-being, and listen. Listen to your coaches even though you think you know it all, they might say something that could help you out. I know by attending other boxes that things are taught differently and different people learn different ways, so always be listening to the coaches. Sometimes, it’s one little thing said a slightly different way that makes all the difference you need to PR a lift or get your first pull-up. Listen to your body. If something hurts, then work on rolling and stretching that area. If you think you are injured, listen to your body and take care of that injury. Constantly work on your weaknesses until they become your strengths, and then constantly work on your next weakness. Everyone has a weakness they need to improve, even top level athletes. But you know how they get rid of their weaknesses? They constantly work on it. “We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day.”
To my fellow Wrath family: stay consistent in your training and great things will happen. Keep working hard, and I hope to see as many people as possible at the box this weekend.
Until I can be yelling at y’all to keep you motivated in person, Scrappy is signing out.