Do you want a pat on the back? Or do you want feedback?

Do you want a pat on the back? Or do you want feedback?

Deliberate work in your craft is necessary. Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone is advantageous. Living humbly and receiving feedback is favorable. With regards to improvement, being told you’re doing a good job is not essential. But it seems like that’s something we routinely look for. Let me give you an example from the Defined gymnasium coaching floor during a recent weightlifting session…

“Joe Power Clean” was working on some barbell movements. Rep after rep, I gave him subtle, simple, repeated feedback that all generally reiterated the same concept of what he was doing wrong. I could tell after about 10 seconds that he was not enjoying the process of being told he could be doing better. But here’s the thing: walking by and telling him he was doing a “good job” was the easy way out. For both of us.

A “Good job,” would have likely boosted his moral. However, telling him that likely wasn’t going to help improve his game. A “good job” does nothing for pushing or improving performance, i.e. anything you want to excel at.

So, I challenge you to look for feedback. Ask your peers how you can do better. Seek out uncomfortable corners and handle your business. Getting a pat on the back is great. Occasionally, there’s a time and a place for it. But maybe ask yourself: does it make you better?

Coach David

Substitute Teachers & New Kids in Class

Monday, July 2nd, was an enjoyable night to be an observer at the gym. Within the past 8 years, I can’t remember a time when I’d heard quite as much chatter. Every single squat rack was filled by two (or more) athletes, along with a multitude of lifting buddies and the usual foam-rolling-Instagram-scrolling-recovery crew.

I tried to consider a time when something like this had happened before, and then it dawned on me: grammar school. Remember when your teacher was out and you felt excited by the unknown routines of your substitute? Or maybe when there was a new, cute boy or girl in class? Back in the day, either of these two events would be sure to create additional noise. The two of them combined resembles a concert.

Last night, both scenarios seemed to play out. Coach Cara taught the 4p (new class) and 5p classes at Lakeview, and we had about 8 new athletes join us – either from Lincoln Square or out of town. And it was funny to notice how the same situations that put people on notice at age 13 can easily do the same at 33.

Have a great day everyone.

Coach David

Monday, 8/1/11

Partner Carry All the Way!

A1.
3 min Amrap:

20 Cal Row
30 Wallballs 20/14lb
20 Toes to bars
30 Box jumps 24/20″
20 Sumo Deadlift Highpulls with KB 70/55lb
30 Burpees
20 Shoulder to overhead 135/95lbs

REST 1 MINUTE

A2.
6 min Amrap:

20 Cal Row
30 Wallballs 20/14lb
20 Toes to bars
30 Box jumps 24/20″
20 Sumo Deadlift Highpulls with KB 70/55lb
30 Burpees
20 Shoulder to overhead 135/95lbs

REST 2 MINUTES

A3.
For time:

20 Cal Row
30 Wallballs 20/14lb
20 Toes to bars
30 Box jumps 24/20″
20 Sumo Deadlift Highpulls with KB 70/55lb
30 Burpees
20 Shoulder to overhead 135/95lbs

B.
Bonus Fun:

For time:
Run 800 meters
Rest 90
Run 400 meters