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You’re Doing it Wrong!!!!!

How many times in life have you witnessed something that “ain’t right”!? You know the basic premise and the general path one should take to get there…the RIGHT way. You watch as someone toils, taking the road MOST traveled. You know the one. That circuitous route we ALL get sucked into and often the ONLY path we know. Running with the heard at full speed can get us there fast but…where do you end up? Have you arrived at your “destination” (physically or mentally) in the most efficient manner possible? Are you better than yesterday? Are you continually addressing faults, actively seeking virtuosity or do you have your head down going 100mph?

Oft times, the distance of being one layer removed from the task at hand gives us a unique perspective. You see things a little clearer and more objectively when they’re not 2 inches from your face. How do you tactfully slow someone down, get them to take pause or a theoretical step back? How can you gently encourage that person to reevaluate their approach without actually saying “You’re doing it WRONG!”?

Welcome to coaching:) Coaching, like any other interpersonal skill set, can be a volatile balance of instruction, empathy, encouragement and guidance. Fortunately, we are blessed with top notch coaches at Cadre. Personally, I learn the best from my failures. Those that know me well understand that I have failed WAAAAAAY more often than I’ve succeeded. We all learn through pain and believe me…I could run a clinic from mine!

Flash back to Friday October 6th. The workout had an arch nemesis of mine (hand stand push-ups) craftily woven in. I’ve been actively working on this weakness since 2009. I’m much better and more efficient but…they STILL aren’t my friend. 321…GO! Start off feeling strong, smash a set of 15 no problem. What a great day to be alive!!! Then…round 2 hits. I’m sucking wind! Everyone is on to the next movement or more. The clock is ticking by. I’m on “E”, “bonking” questioning if I want to finish the workout. The sneaky and subtle voice from the back of the pain cave starts in “…quit”, “…give up” “…this really sucks! Heh heh heh!” I slowly begin to think my life is a complete lie. Then…people are done, finished with the workout. I’m an entire round behind…EVERYONE!

In our unique, communal fashion, the athletes that finish begin filing in around me. They’re cheering me on but at this vulnerable stage I “see” or perceive to see some head scratching and surprised faces. “Jason is last!?” “Wow! He’s really hurting!” I finish my 400m row with all I have, fall on the floor in a pile (not a great practice but sometimes necessary) and say to all who can hear me “That’s why I love CrossFit!”. I see some people tilt their heads wondering if the hypoxia is getting to me.

You see, if you ARE doing it RIGHT, you fail! Failing is the path less traveled for fear of losing ground. We’re pre-programmed from youth that failure is unacceptable, a stigma to be avoided at all costs. We use “LOSER!” to define people who don’t amount to much. If you really think about it, failing helps us grow IF we take the time to “pump the brakes”, look inward and learn from it. Humble introspection is one of the most underutilized tools we can use to become better. John C. Maxwell has an outstanding book titled Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success. Read it!

Let’s pivot back to the volatile balance of coaching. Over the years, I’ve learned that being a good coach involves transparency, putting yourself “out there” and owning your failures. This resonates with everyone! Why? Because we ALL fail. After you read and digest this, I want to challenge you to take a different approach. Single out your failures; Learn from them and attack their potential causes.

Did you get enough rest the night before? Are you coming in too often? Yes! I said it! Too often. The adage is “You don’t over train you under recover” holds true here. You’re human, you need to recover. Recovery is even more important for us…ahhem…more mature athletes. Have you met your nutritional and hydration benchmarks? Are you taking the same approach to your technique/movement patterns? Have you asked a coach to check your BEST movement pattern? The one you think you “knock out of the park” every time. Are you getting the right depth in your squats or scaling weight and movements to get better functionally? Are you focusing on weight and time caps when you should be focused on getting stronger through your range of motion? The list goes on and on.

Suffice it to say, we want you to improve EVERY time you grace us with your presence! Just know that the pathway to improvement runs straight through “Failure Town”, population… EVERYONE! Be the Mayor if that’s what it takes. NEVER be afraid to Fail Forward so you know for a FACT that you ARE doing it right!

Growth and Sacrifice

As we all know, nothing of worth comes without some type of sacrifice. We are a commUNITY built around it. Don’t believe us? Take a look down the next time you row! You want shiny things, you sacrifice free time for work. You want the shape you’re looking for, you sacrifice excessive leisure and fluffy food for astute nutrition and consistent fitness. You want to have children…you sacrifice SLEEP!

We know that September has been an unusually busy month for us at Cadre. We’ve hosted a CrossFit Rowing Seminar, The Cadre Crucible and a CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar this coming weekend (Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st). We are extremely grateful for your generosity, flexibility and continued sacrifice in this area.

We do our best to provide you with the access you are accustomed to hence open gym 2 Sundays ago and hosting The Crucible this past Sunday as opposed to Saturday. We do our best to limit the intrusion into the abundance of class times we offer.

Many may ask “Why do we do these courses and host competitions?” It’s the sacrifice WE need to make to build a stronger product and a more global commUNITY. Our staff learn from the best SME’s (Subject Matter Experts) in the business. We, in turn, pass that information on to YOU, our most important asset! Competitions touch a broad commUNITY of athletes that support events like the HAMMY, fund raising efforts and strengthen ties across our small (relative to other types of fitness) population. Everything has a purpose.

From day one, we have always been committed to offering you the most complete package for your hard-earned money. We thank you for your trust in the process, where it has taken us and where we continue to go.

“Fingerprints”

The staff at Cadre would like to THANK YOU for the POSITIVE commUNITY you have forged over these past 3.5 years! We are proud of the fact that YOU make the commitment to walk through those doors, put forth the effort and in turn, experience tangible results!
Through our growth and progression we have experienced ups and downs. Good days and bad. Great ideas and a few that needed or still require some fine-tuning. We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have ALL the answers. We will also tell you that we’re relentlessly committed to finding them. One unique property of CrossFit is NO TWO FACILITIES ARE THE SAME! For example, we are steeped in CrossFit methodology yet we advocate other forms of fitness (i.e. Band-It, Fit4Me, Met-Con Monday). We take pride in our own unique identifier: our “fingerprint” if you will.

Good, bad or indifferent, each “Box” has it’s own ethos, atmosphere and leadership style. In these 3.5 years we’ve observed two camps:
1) Positive
2) Negative

Not to get all “Confucius” on you but embodying one means understanding the other. Let’s take a look-see.
Learner’s definition of NEGATIVITY
negativity /ˌnɛgəˈtɪvəti/ noun
: an attitude in which someone considers only the bad qualities of someone or something

 

Unfortunately, there are those few within the global CrossFit community that continually have to tell you “how much they know”, what everyone else is “doing wrong” and how “superior” they are. These unfortunate souls are missing the BIG picture and thus the unique qualities that EVERY CrossFit has to offer! Witnessing this unproductive behavior affords us the perspective to TRULY appreciate how blessed we are at Cadre!

A brief review Cadre’s Cardinal rules tells us:
1) You’re and adult (although some of us may be stuck in 6th grade humor…ahem!)
2) Smile and have fun!
3) NO DRAMA!
We’ve found the aforementioned 3 rules to be pretty simple and effective. This framework is the “compass” that allows us to keep a bearing on our unique and POSITIVE “fingerprint”.

In short, we just wanted to take a moment to recognize ALL of you for your positive outlook, undying support and willingness espouse acceptance! We’re proud of our fingerprint! Lets start leaving them EVERYWHERE!!!!

Virtue and Honesty!

The adage “the truth hurts” is…well…true. The accuracy of this statement is evident in every day life. When is the last time you told someone they were overbearing, moody, impersonal, confrontational or even too timid? Our guess is…rarely! We atypically seek the truth. Normally, human nature causes us to run from candor or lie to others/ourselves hoping things “work out” in the end.

Winston Churchill made the poignant quote “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
The aforementioned statement is particularly pertinent to our Cadre community. We recently “stumbled” over our own truth. Many of you know that we have an anonymous Suggestion/Report Card box. We’ve had a handful of generally helpful comments/suggestions over the last 22 months and we truly appreciate them! Someone recently “kicked it up a notch” and took the time to type out a well written, 5 paragraph critique of what they’ve experienced and how subtle change has altered their athletic satisfaction as of late.
First of all…THANK YOU!!!

We all know that Cadre is NOTHING without our community! This foundation is the “glue” what holds us together, moves us forward, and makes us better individuals (not just athletes). YOU, the athlete, drive the direction of our box and make the “mojo” we all have come to know and love.
If you’re around CrossFit long enough, you will hear the word “virtuosity” uttered from time to time. In gymnastics, virtuosity is defined as “performing the common uncommonly well.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Virtuosity: a taste or interest in virtue (the good qualities inherent in a person or thing).
In the music world, a “virtuoso” is someone who actively dedicates every fiber of his or her being to melodic excellence. We want to strive to pursue that harmony within our own community. As in any journey, there are bound to be bumps and distractions along the way. We’ve all taken a shortcut, avoided confrontation, eaten a lot of something we shouldn’t have and regretted it. The fault lies not only in the poor choice but more so, in compromising what we believe in or “lying” to ourselves about it. An honest, introspective look helps us grow and develop unfettered.

Whew! Having said all of that, the take home message is that we are in constant pursuit of virtuosity at Cadre. The truth isn’t always what we want to hear…it’s what we NEED to hear! So please, don’t hold back or quietly suffer through a frustration or dissatisfaction. We want the chance to actively address your suggestions and critiques. Your fulfillment and development are paramount to healthy growth. Without a doubt we know that YOU…the athlete…are what make us Cadre!