Cliff and Molly, reaching deep on today’s sprints

It happens all the time. An athlete bangs out a rep with a stack of bumps on either end of the bar and I ask how much weight it is, only to be answered by “umm…I don’t know.” This is not acceptable. I know that it seems like a small thing to be bitching about, especially in light of the athletic achievements that take place regularly at CF West Santa Cruz, but it is more important than you might think.

Firstly, there is the safety angle. You should always know how much weight you are attempting. To not know is simply dangerous. More importantly, however, is that not knowing how much weight a barbell is loaded with is a lack of awareness. And lack of awareness runs counter to the teachings of CrossFit. Let me explain.

How many mirrors do you see at a CrossFit gym? Usually none or very few. There certainly weren’t any at the old HQ, which was run by Coach and Lauren Glassman themselves. Why? CrossFit engenders self-awareness. Not in the Descartes/Hal sense, but in the sense of understanding your body and your movement. The absence of mirrors forces one to draw their attention in upon themselves, forces one to be aware internally rather that externally. You learn to feel whether a movement is correct or not, to critique yourself. A CrossFit trainer takes that idea one step further when he or she coaches another athlete. The trainer’s awareness and understanding of the movement and the physics underpinning the movement coupled with the ability to communicate it is a large part of what makes a good coach.

Thus, not knowing how much weight is on the bar is emblematic of a greater lack of awareness, of not being self-aware.

A huge congratulations to Jocelyn on her 128# overhead squat and to Derek for his smoking 7:52 Christine performance today. Both are new CFWSC records.

On a much more tragic note, the CrossFit community is deeply saddened by the passing of Miguel Flores from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was just 22. From all of us at CFWSC, our deepest condolences to Miguel’s family and friends, and all of our brothers and sisters who trained and sweat with him. Our hearts are with you, Miguel.

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250 Row

20 Double Unders

3 Rounds of Cindy (5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 squats)

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