Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The novice experience, or starting over

Khaled and Kevin with dueling overhead squats.
Today I want to write a little something about what it's like to be a beginner. Some of you will come in already in great shape, with experience in the movements we do and a good strength base. But many more will be starting from the beginning: learning new movements, building a foundation of strength, gasping for air a lot of the time, and feeling a bit self-conscious. I am there with you! I'm coming back from having a baby (and a pretty sedentary pregnancy), so I'm having to start from scratch on conditioning, I've lost much of my strength, and I'm even having to dig deep to remember form on many of the movements we do. Sure, it would be nice to have a coach who is a role model who pops out a baby and comes back right away, as strong as ever, but that's just not how it goes for most people, me included. I find myself very much in the shoes of our novice members, and I have a great deal of empathy for you as you struggle to get on board, confront weaknesses, learn strengths, and push through frustrations.

I'm determined to get my strength, fitness, and movement form back in a safe and efficient way, so I am following our site's programming. What you do, I will do. And in doing so, I will rediscover the joy of seeing my progress. Never do you see the kind of gains you see as a beginner or someone getting back into it - it's an exciting time! Remember that this whole fitness thing is a journey, not a destination. Embrace your path, wherever you happen to be. Work hard, be consistent, and take pride in your progress, and I will be right there with you.
3 rounds with full recovery:
8 cleans
8 front squats