New Move – New Coach

Back at the box after a weekend of celebrating and going back to school. I now have less time now that the summer semester has started – Mondays and Wednesdays are out.

Things have change at the gym; we now have more classes available to accommodate the growing number of athletes. Instead of having one 1h class after another, we we have more options, but staggered to start every half hour. That way, we got more training time all the while making it possible to finish earlier. They’ve also added an open gym period on Sundays, for those who want to practice anything – trainer(s) will be present, of course. To make this possible, as I have alluded Sunday, we’ve hired a new coach. She’s a regular at our gym and a newly minted level 1 trainer. I didn’t see much of her training while doing my Bday WOD.. pick your poison day is pretty much do as you like. Today, she was leading our class. The fact that she’s a regular takes the awkwardness of first time teachers out of the way. She’s motivated, pays attention to details and sees things differently than the main coach. Combining those multiple point of views – they are not conflicting so far – help better understand some tricky things for movements. My first impression is a good one, but only time will tell how she’ll develop as a trainer. She’s got a good model in our main coach – that’ll help, too.

Today’s skill was shoulder mobility, something I’m always happy for, while the previous class was doing the WOD. 🙂  Then we switched to the WOD while the next class was warming up and preparing for the skills’ portion. Here’s what was on the menu today: 3 round for time – 15 ring dips, 20 KB Snatch 1.5 pood and 30 OH walking lunged 45lbs. The KB snatch was a new one, but fairly simple: You do a snatch with the kettlebell, with one hand – that’s it. The trick is not to let the KB hit your wrist/forearm too hard as it swings back at the top of the movement. I tried 1.5, but couldn’t do it… 1pood was good enough for me. Waling OH lunges are still a horrible thing to do. It took me 14:21. Demanding, but not too much, and you work out a good sweat. A good workout.

Summer is also coming along, with it’s heat and humidity. That should help me – I thrive training in that weather!

They’re also adding a competition workout/team – commitment  is needed, sweat, pain and soreness are the price to pay, greatness the reward. It seems to be pretty much invite only/talk to the coach about it. It’ll be an intensive thing, for sure… not that I’ll be joining them. I’m aware of my current flaws and weaknesses and crazy schedule. I’m not there yet, but I plan to be.


1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training


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