Care is an overarching principle that can be applied to various elements of the training experience at CFIV. Proper attention by each individual will undoubtedly make the collective experience smoother and more enjoyable. Let’s take a look at some of the ways Care applies to the CFIV experience.
The equipment we use is built to take multiple beatings. That doesn’t mean that you have to administer the beatings with every use. The better attention to caring for the equipment will lead to it lasting longer and not having a negative impact on class logistics.
Kettlebells should be set down, not dropped. Same goes for empty bars. Dropping an empty bar is like kicking a puppy. Treat the poor, helpless empty bar like you were laying a child down for a nap.
Abmats don’t have to be kicked or thrown. Pick them up, set them down. Kicking it across the floor is just lazy. Get down in a good squat and pick it up like an athlete.
We have a new Cleaning Station with towels and spray. It’s perfect to clean up chalky handprints, sweat and any other bodily fluids.
We have posted signs about keeping children off the training floor. We don’t offer child care but we do have a room with plenty of toys and books to keep a child occupied for an hour. Keeping children off the training floor is a simple safety issue. Kids swinging on the ropes, bars or rings is a recipe for disaster.
The draw to the equipment is understandable as our gym looks like a big ol’ playground. If a youngster really wants to get out on the floor, we offer Elementary Fitness classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm. They will be shown proper usage of the equipment and receive safe progression-based instruction.
Taking care of yourself is the key to a long and continuous improvement. Overtraining and overreaching can lead to burnout and even worse – injury. Rest days are key to recovery. Three days in a row is about all we recommend for more experienced students. Our top competitors don’t even go beyond that. More work does not always equal more results. The key to that equation is smart training. Listen to your body and allow it to recover and adapt to the training stimulus. Get a massage, go for a walk, throw the football around with the kids and give yourself an active rest day. One day off won’t set you back but one day too many ending in injury certainly can.
Listen to your coaches and stay safe and the road to improvement will be long and steady.
We’re growing everyday as a community and the staff is working hard to keep up and make your training experience better. Realistically, though, this kind of undertaking takes a village. If everyone pitches in and does their very small part, we can make it happen together.
WOD – 6.15.2012
15 Jumping Squats
50 meter Double KB Rack Walk