So Dave and Cian have asked me to write a brief blog on something they call the moment. They advised me that the moment was the time I stopped being so hilariously entertaining(and annoying) and focused during that 1 hour class of CrossFit, where I would pay attention to coaches and the advice being given regardless of how basic or small it may have been.
Once upon a time in a warehouse in Sandyford there was an auburn haired boy who was chubby, severely lacking in mobility, had poor body awareness, loved smoking fags, drinking pints and was class at Call of Duty. He like many others attended a CrossFit class daily and even weightlifting class now and again where there was a team of people assembled to help/guide and advise me through each session but these people were unaware that I actually already knew everything as I had an Instagram account so the information they tried to pass onto me couldn’t be useful so I merely did my own warm up moaned at the board that the info was basic useless info that everyone knew and was of no help.
I joined CrossFit Green in March 2015. As much of a pain as I was, I always got on very well with Dave and the coaching team in Green and always loved being part of the community there. In September 2016 Dave approached me and asked would I be interested in taking my level 1 CrossFit certificate and of course I jumped at the opportunity. In the back of my mind I felt I was going to find the secret to fitness and I was going to lose all the excess weight and I was going to become super strong and stop smoking and start banging out all the bar muscle ups.
I had studied my level 1 book and was advised by Coach Podge that my view on CrossFit would never be the same and I would have a new-found love for the sport(he wasn’t wrong). I showed up on the Saturday with an eagerness to learn, they had my full attention I was ready to unlock the secrets to ultimate fitness and be super shredded and make this warehouse in Sandyford the new Cookeville (were Rich Froning and Mat Fraser live). The guys in charge of the seminar kept going on about the same stuff that Cian, Dave, Riche, Sonia, Clodagh, Sarah, Podge, Alan and Mari talk about, some rubbish about mechanics, consistency and then intensity and more rubbish about tracking your food if your serious about nutrition and your wellbeing.
For those of you that are new to the gym, every December we host sort of a Christmas party where we have an awards night to acknowledge the hard work of the members and reward a select a few of you guys with awards in different categories. In 2015 the coaching team at the time awarded me with Most Improved Male of the year for the progress I had made. I was and still am very proud of that award but the progress I made over the first 9 months in 2017 would be the most success I have seen in my 4 years of CrossFit. I ended up shedding 15kg with my accountabilabuddy by making changes and being a lot more honest with myself, I never made any drastic changes to my diet I just made much better choices. All of my lifts saw huge improvements because I had listened to the advice passed down by the coaching team. For years I had been advised to work on mobility and ignored it, by implementing some basic simple stretches I have seen more progress in my fitness then I have just doing heavy strength training and ignoring mobility. By listening to the coaches around me when they talk I have seen massive improvements in my body awareness with a 500% increase in my muscle up output. Realising that no one knows it all and that moments where a coach is talking about basic things like how to squat etc, that the coach is trying to educate and guide us and some what have me mentally ready for the task at hand, they aren’t just talking to fill up time in the hour slot they were trying to help me.
So, my moment made me realise that I’m probably never going to be the smartest in the room and that no one will ever know it all, but I am willing to listen and learn from those around me.
As a result of my moment so many things changed, my overall health and fitness has increased drastically, I lost 15 kg, after smoking for over a decade I am now almost 1 year smoke free. I have seen big increase across strength and gymnastics, all as a result of paying attention in class and dialling in the basics.
All these changes are great but some things still won’t change: I still do love a drink with friends, my comments at the board are still hilarious, if I see your sweets I will eat them, I just can’t do burpees and I still consider myself the best Call of Duty player in the gym.
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