Why we do what we do…

Every once in a while I have a perfect moment where I realize why I do what I do. I had one of those tonight. I think for all of us it’s very easy to get wrapped up in the day to day grind and the millions of little tasks we have to do that we lose sight of the big picture. In my case, I’ve been so busy building up CrossFit Middletown and training everybody that the WHY got a bit lost in the shuffle.

Tonight, Denise, one of my clients, came in and wanted to work on her kettlebell swings. That was great because that’s what I was going to do anyway :-)  We’ve been working on kettlebell swings and she was coming along pretty well, but she still didn’t have the big, hardstyle “pop” at the top that makes the kettlebell swing what it is.

I pulled out the AWESOME squat patterning stuff I got from Dr. Mark Cheng, RKC Team Leader at a recent kettlebell seminar he did at Modern Self-Defense Center/CrossFit Middletown and we went to work. Once we got her squat pattern down I had her do basic air squats, box squats, box squats to vertical jump and towel swings.

After about 30 minutes, Denise went from having a pretty good kettlebell swing to having a GREAT one. The first time she nailed the hip pop and Hardstyle lock I was so psyched for her. I saw the lightbulb go on over her head and I knew we were in business!

And that was the moment. THAT’S why I do this. Because I love to help make people better than they were before and I love to help people to do things they couldn’t do before.

Last week Denise had a pretty good swing with a 12kg kettlebell. Tonight she was KILLING the swing with a 24kg! AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! I love it! GREAT JOB DENISE!

Bryce also kicked ass on the kettlebell swings tonight. He maxed out with the 48kg for almost a minute and dropped down from there. That was some NASTY stuff!

Here was the kettlebell part of tonight’s WOD (or POD, right Merle? LOL)

  • Girls: Kettlebell Drop Set, 1 minute each with no rest in between, 24kg, 16kg, 12kg, 8kg
  • Guys: Kettlebell Drop Set, 1 minute each with no rest in between, 48kg, 32kg, 24kg, 16kg

Of course, we didn’t want to go home after that, so we did an 8 min set of Tabata Squats resting in the bottom position to finish things off…

GREAT workout tonight, guys! You guys ROCK!

Here are a few pics from tonight:



Originally posted [http://crossfit-middletown.com/crossfit-blog/why-we-do-what-we-do]

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