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Emmitt trusting that his coach Kyle isn't going to slip out from under him.

In tonight’s post, Leah addresses the question of having trust in your CrossFit coach.

Q- Isn’t a lot of what you do in CF scary?  Do you trust your trainers?  How are you able to trust them?

A- As you know, I started CF as a totally newbie, no lifting experience, no gymnastics, no nothing.  I had to trust the trainers or this would not work.  There is no way someone with my lack of exposure and experience could walk into the gym and get anything done without this trust.  I would have been frozen by fear far too often.  Even with trust, I am still pretty fearful some of the time.  I am sure there are some of you who are fearless, but things like heavy weight over my head, HSPUs, and climbing that wall can still scare me.

I have to trust that they will program well, that they will help me scale, that they will watch my form, that they will yell at me when needed, that they really are looking out for my well-being and progress.  Without this trust, I would never have done most of the things I have accomplished so far.  I would never push myself as hard as I do.  I would not see the progress that I now enjoy.

I talk to an awful lot of people who think CF sounds interesting and like the idea of it, but they are too afraid to try it.  How can you have the trust that will help you succeed?  I think two of the most important elements are relationship and knowledge.

A key part of growing in CF is building relationships, especially with the trainers, but also with the other athletes.  If you are new, you have to push yourself physically and you might have to push yourself socially too.  You have to speak up, ask questions, voice your concerns, and admit your pain.  You have to talk to the trainers in order to build a relationship.  You might come early or stay late to get a chance to get to know more people.  If you show up, interact and honestly offer assessments of your training, they will get to know you, and they will be better equipped to help you personally.  Sometimes you might even feel like they know you too well, picking on your weaknesses, but that is what we all pay them for, right!?!

It is also important to remember that there is no room for blind trust in the gym.  We are able to trust when we know that our trainers know what they are talking about, and when we know something ourselves.  As you get to know the trainers you will be able to see more and more of what they know, have done and struggled with, what they are learning and how they are growing personally as athletes.  You also must have a certain level of confidence yourself that what you are doing is right, whether a trainer tells you to do it or not.  This comes from the knowledge that you gain on your own.  For me, an avid reader, this means that I read a lot about CF and lifting now.  It is much easier to trust the trainers when you have done some learning on your own to compare and build on what they tell you in class.

I realize that many of you come to CF with plenty of your own knowledge in this area, so you won’t have the same fears that others will.  You can be those additional sources of knowledge and confidence that some of us newbies need as our trust and knowledge grows.  (Now we can all sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya and feel good about CF…)



*Dynamic- 1 DL @ 60% of 1RM every 30 sec for 15 min.

For Time:

30 Toes to Bar

500 m Row

30 Ball Slam (40/25)

250m Row