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The Importance of a Watchful Eye

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CrossFit coaches – real, competent, involved CrossFit coaches – are one of the most underrated groups out there. Of course, I may be a bit biased.

We all need coaching. We all make movement errors when we think we aren’t, and we all can always use another set of eyes to help correct movement errors we know are there. Ben Smith, Rich Froning, Katrin Davidsdottir, they ALL have other eyes on them, helping them move and be more efficient.

A good coach, a really good coach, will correct your unsafe movement patterns even if you look like you’re angry at the world. It is not our job to let you come in and blow off some steam by moving poorly. Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. Practice just makes permanent. And in that sense, no coach with any semblance of a conscience should stand idly by and not give you a simple cue like “knees out” or “weight in your heels” just because it’s early or you aren’t in the mood.

This is where I get a little teary-eyed. Here at CrossFit Algonquin we have some of the most receptive athletes I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. If a coach gives somebody  a cue or movement fix they always work to apply it. Whether said athlete is in their first month of CrossFit or 5-6 years in, you all are pretty awesome when it comes to soaking up what we give you. Sometimes the coach misses the mark and we need to take the movement back the other way a little bit, but hey nobody here claimed to be perfect, right?

Open starts on Friday! Who’s coming to watch the live reveal at 7 on Thursday???