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Is It Time To Get A Coach?

When you have a fitness or performance goal, it’s best to have clear intentions and quality support. But, how do you know if it’s time to get a coach, or try a new program? Here are some basic guidelines and suggestions You may want to hire a fitness coach if…. You haven’t reached a goal you’ve been trying to reach for a while. You’ve been working towards it on your own, but still don’t feel as successful as you’d like to You feel stagnant or like your overall fitness is actually declining. Maybe you’ve seen your progress come to a halt, or […]

The Difference Between Bitching & Sharing Your Struggles

It’s imperative that you learn how to communicate whatever it is that you’re feeling angry, sad, frustrated or anxious about. If you’re not exactly sure what’s bothering you, you can talk it out and brainstorm to figure it out. This process helps you become more aware and less stressed. You’ll be better at managing your emotions and navigating them so that you can hit your goals. I know people who don’t want to seem like they are complaining, so they don’t ever say what’s really on their mind because they don’t want to sound “negative,” but, that’s not such a great […]

When To Stop Asking Why

“Know your WHY.” You hear myself and other leaders say it all of the time. I encourage you to know your purpose behind doing whatever it is you’re currently doing. Before any event, important day or training session, I suggest you run through a few key reminders why it matters to you, why you want to give it your best and why you want to accomplish your goals. The stronger your why, the stronger your will. The more connected you are with your purpose for doing something, the more likely you’ll pursue excellence in it. Your why matters. But, there are also […]

Easy Way To Make Connections & Impact Others

  To make an impact on others, ya might think that you have to say something profound or interesting. In an attempt to make a connection, you may end up trying to act smart or funny. Or, you try to connect by complaining or gossiping with the other person because I guess that’s an easy way to feel like you have something in common? One of the best things you can do to make a strong connection and impact others is ask questions. Ask questions that are open and likely require more than a 1 word answer. Instead of “How was your […]

How To Answer Questions About Your Performance

“How did you do on that workout?” “How’d the competition go for you?” “Where’d you end up finishing?” If you participate in CrossFit, or any other type of event, people are going to ask about your performance. Some of those people care about you and really want to connect with you. Others, are simply interested in your result for their own motivations. Either way, you’re going to get asked about the competition or workout, so here are some tips on how to answer those questions.   1. Describe HOW you did, not what place you ended up in, or what the score […]

What NOT To Say On Event Day

When you’re at an event, there are hundreds of factors that can easily grab your attention and distract you from your purpose. Your mind is constantly filtering different stimuli as you try to stay calm and confident. People all around you are asking you questions and trying to engage. To be your best, you have to learn how to navigate conversations and practice only talking about things that will HELP you. You gotta work on what you’re saying, how you’re saying it and who you’re choosing to say it to. What you talk about often becomes what you think about. So, if […]

Control Anger With 2 Questions

When you’re getting angry, you’re beginning to experience a strong feeling of or showing annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. Anger will show up in many different ways and can often lead to statements or actions that aren’t so pleasant. You may end up doing or saying something that you wish you could take back. You may respond to anger by showing aggression or raising your voice, and it could negatively impact those around you. If your anger boils up at home or work, you become short-fused and unable to communicate effectively. If it shows up when you’re competing, you may ruin your chances (or your team’s […]

How To Find The Right Training Partners

Who you surround yourself with matters. The people you train with can have a huge impact on your mentality and therefore your workouts. Your training partners can help you push harder than you ever imagined. They can help you flourish and stay consistent. They can both challenge you and support you. These people can help you reach your goals…if they are a good fit for you. Obviously, there’s no perfect training partner or group, but you may find that there is room for improvement. Look over these questions and think about how you might improve as a training partner. Consider who […]

Top Warning Signs That You’re Headed Towards Burn-Out

Burn-out is most commonly defined by unusual fatigue/exhaustion, lack of motivation, and performance declines. It’s often challenging to decipher if we are just feeling normal signs from a demanding schedule, or if there is something more detrimental going on. It’s best that you keep a pulse on your physical and emotional state and stay in regular communication with a training partner, coach or loved one about how you’re feeling and if you’re experiencing anything unusual. Have you been feeling Disinterested – Do you consistently feel that you don’t have any drive or passion? Lethargic – Do you regularly feel tired and like […]

Top Tips For How To Interact With Judges and Refs

It’s amazing how many athletes can be disrespectful to judges and volunteers. Don’t athletes recognize that judges and refs have the ability to control the flow of an event, so you gotta do what you can to create a good vibe with them? You’ll also want to be very concise with your communication, so that you can focus on the work you’re about to do. During a competition, you obviously want to make sure that you’re setting yourself up to perform your best. To do that, you want the event to go as smoothly as possible and how you interact with your […]

Top 4 Ways To Improve Your Coaching

These tips are helpful whether you’re trying to influence your kids, or you’re coaching a class. I know that these reminders have helped me over my 10+ years of fitness coaching. You can know more than anyone about a specific topic, but if you can’t follow these tips, you may never really make an impact on someone. Of course, you’ve gotta know what the hell you’re talking about, but beyond that, use these 4 suggestions For coaches, leaders, influencers or parents: 1. Bring the passion and enthusiasm. We all respond to leaders who are energetic. The more you can show that […]

GPF: The Habits of Highly Effective People

It’s time for “Guest Post Friday!” On Fridays, I feature tips from other individuals who have helpful input about the mental side of fitness, training or life. All of the other posts on this site come from my brain, so I like to share different perspectives (especially so that you don’t get too tired of my ramblings). Let’s take a look at the thought below from the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE HABIT 5: SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD “Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning […]