Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Good in Theory - Bad in Practice

You know those things that you talk about that yeah man that would be awesome, we should totally do it!!!  Then you actually do it and you find out that this wasn't what it was supposed to be or it turned out just bad.  Good in theory, bad in practice has been around forever.  I am currently in one of those good in theories bad in practice sort of things.  I have been reading through different articles and watching different videos on ways to incorporate more of my Crossfit into the PE classes that I am teaching.  The videos I watch all have kids of around my age group and they are all listening and watching and participating etc.  The biggest problem is that there is usually like 6 - 10 kids in each class.  In my class I have 20+ in every class and not all of them want to be there.  The typical response I hear is, I want to play basketball.  Well great, I'd love to play basketball too but that isn't going to happen right now.  The moral of this story is that doing something new is difficult.  Doing something that is new and difficult is even worse.  However, I have read through some different things and it has renewed my confidence that I can make this program work.  I noticed in my car today as I was getting out of my car for work the fortune from my fortune cookie that has been stuck in my rear view mirror for years.  "Your dreams are worth your best efforts to achieve them."  I need to remember that.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 1 Crossfit School

Finally went back to teaching after taking the year off pursuing some other goals.  I got hired at an awesome school that gives me the freedom to do what I feel is best in the name of fitness.  I of course am choosing to follow a Crossfit methodology in teaching PE at this school.  I lesson planned like a Crossfit instructor and unfortunately that wasn't overly effective.  The students that I am teaching aren't used to that type of PE and I was met with a fair amount of resistance.  I am going to have to think back like a classroom teacher and make sure that I have my core in place and then attach the Crossfit limbs after.  I am going to continue to follow the path that I have set for myself because I believe in it, but it is going to take some work.

Monday, March 18, 2013


As I grow and adapt in my life, so shall my blog.  I have started a new step in my road to I suppose the final destination.  I have began to train/coach athletes at my current CrossFit box.  It has been an opportunity of a life time and I have loved every minute of it.  While I thought I was a natural teacher, it is still apparent that I am a natural small group or one-on-one teacher.  The classes that I teach especially with the wide range of technical levels makes things difficult and I am still trying to find my stride in how I approach things.

20 minutes to establish a heavy single of each:
Back Squat

EMOTM for 10 minutes:
2 Power Clean and Jerks @ 80%

Warm ups went well
10x Pass throughs
10x Leg swings
5x Lunge - arm on knee - sink hips and turn, belly away from foot 
10x Pushups                       |
10x Hollow rocks               |
10x Superman                    |       X 2
10x Frog jumps                  |    
10x Jumping Squats           |
Good explanation of back squats and presses - need to cover more about keeping everything tight/tense from the ground up in both lifts

Next time go over the SWOD and WOD separately unless the movement is used in both.

Set timer for the amount of time for the SWOD to help keep everyone on track.

Emphasize the rep scheme more so that there is no confusion.

Key points
  • Time managment
  • Simple concise points to the lift
  • Better emphasis on the clean and JERK
Helped Allison with her clean