Occasionally we need someone to keep us in check and get us back to what we believe in. I had the pleasure of meeting a very interesting and intelligent guy at the Crossfit Exercise Science cert a couple months back. His name is Ben Benson and he is head trainer at Crossfit Decatur. I was impressed by his understanding of power outputs and why this is important. We chatted for a while and then he asked if i could come to Atlanta for a seminar. I was thrilled to be bale to go to the East coast as i have not spent much time out there. I was treated like a king, but that’s not the point of this rant.
When i got to Atlanta Ben and i started chatting about random Crossfit related stuff. He mentioned his frustrations with how his gym was running, mostly how the programming (which he does) was sub par. He felt his hands were tied because of the clientele he had. Obviously i disagreed as i have seen Crossfit programming work across the country. I got the following email a week after i got home and was so impressed with his shift in perspective that i felt the need to share it with everyone with the hopes that if you are going through the same thing that you will be inspired to make a change. It is also meant to kick those of you that have fallen into a rut and get you to refocus on what you feel is important.
Enjoy and Thank you very much to Ben!
Too hard? Probably not as harsh as it should have been. I think what went unspoken had more impact on me than anything else. I extracted a whole bunch of ideas from this experience. All I know is that we have to evolve the program and not compromise. This program has to run on our terms, and can’t be dictated by placating the masses. We can’t expect to prosper with an inferior product. The challenge is overcoming the culture of the gym, but once again, the ball is in our court to change that aspect. It’s only through the success and progress of our clients that we will be rewarded in the knowledge that we are doing the our job right. I see stagnating trends in our data and that is why I needed the prod to change. Once again thanks. You have done much more in terms of help than you will probably give yourself credit for. You have made an impact in my life and in turn I will try to make every effort to impact and impart that knowledge to our clients. Let the growing pains begin.