Two lessons from today.
#1: Do Not Cheat Yourself Out of Something New!
9 out of 10 chances that these movements are new to you. New things are hard. New things are scary. New things aren’t comfortable. And you know what? They’re going to stay hard, uncomfortable and scary until you take the time to really learn and accept the new things. A kettlebell snatch isn’t an easy movement to learn, let alone achieve a high level of proficiency at. Athletes spend years and years perfecting their technique. But it doesn’t take years and years to learn an operable snatch. Push through the unknown and unfamiliar. Get familiar and then get on with the business of getting better.
#2 Work to Your Ability!
I can almost guarantee I’m going to sound like a broken record on this for the next 6 months or so. The tempo of class is like a siren’s song. It drives you forward. It dares you to push harder and faster. It challenges you to push the envelope of your own abilities. And that’s a good thing. It’s good so long as you remember to listen to your body. Push it, but stop when you need to. Exceed expectation, but keep an ear to the ground and listen to the messages your body is sending you. Stop for a breath. Stop for hydration. Then MOVE! Stop only as long as you need. In taking care of yourself, do not get lulled into resting until everything is comfortable, butterflies and unicorns again. Rest just enough to get your wind back for another rep, to refocus on the technique you may have just been letting slip, to quiet the “can’t” in your head and get back to the business moving.
Awesome work folks. Congratulations to Edna and Mary, two rookies that came from behind in an awesome sprint across the finish line in today’s last event. For the effort, I’m looking forward to seeing them at Body Dynamics studio for the two free small group training sessions they won. Awesome work. Kayla and Michele…dude. So close.
See everybody on Tuesday at 7am and 6pm in Kapiolani.
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