Today we took yet another step to ensuring that the Crossfit London training team is the best in London. We take these steps with these observations in mind:
“In a qualitative study of the development of world-class pianists, neurologists, swimmers, chess players, mathematicians, and sculptors, Bloom (1985) noted that “only a few of [the 120 talented individuals in the sample] were regarded as prodigies by teachers, parents, or experts” (p. 533). Rather, accomplished individuals worked day after day, for at least 10 or 15 years, to reach the top of their fields. Bloom observed that in every studied field, the general qualities possessed by high achievers included a strong interest in the particular field, a desire to reach “a high level of attainment” in that field, and a “willingness to put in great amounts of time and effort” (p. 544). Similarly, in her study of prodigies who later made significant contributions to their field, Winner (1996) concluded, “Creators must be able to persist in the face of difficulty and overcome the many obstacles in the way of creative discovery…. Drive and energy in childhood are more predictive of success, To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the goal of an education is not just to learn a little about a lot but also a lot about a little”
So today, in our monthly training meeting we set some of our personal training team these tasks
1) To thoroughly understand a beginner orientated strength programme
It could be a linear programme like Starting Strength or the Grey Skull programme. Not everyone can afford to work every session with a trainer. These programmes represent a great chance to develop strength without a trainer ( as long as the form is ok, ofcourse). The trainers task isn’t to remember the link and lazily send it out. The task is to understand the routines, the theory, the pitfalls, the objections, the spread sheets etc and be able to advise and support the client.
A trainers at Crossfit London know their stuff!! This is the standard.
2) The skill of an elite trainer is the ability to break things down into tiny bits and drills and give clients the appropriate developmental practices. Anything that gets trainers and clients to break complex skills down ( and then put them back together again) is good!! Equally communicating and sharing information about form, drills and practices is essential for the development of the skill set within any community. Development and the promotion of excellence requires coaches to share their work (cues, teaching points) and put it up for public critique.
To this end our trainers were all tasked to take one aspect of any functional move and make a mini video about the technique, ideally referencing other coaches in the process.
This should make interesting viewing. We will post them up as they come in
3) The Zone:
The most illuminating diet we know is the Zone. Many cannot stick to it on the long term, but what it does is to show the importance of getting a handle on weighing and measuring. It also teaches how to get a firm grip on the differences between protein, carbohydrates and fat, all of which are essential, but all of which need control and comprehension.
It also shows how damaging processed and manufactured food is. You can have piles of veggies, or 3 to 4 chips….Its as awful as that. It can also be used with great strategies such as keeping a food diary and cutting out manufactured crap and going Paleo. So the trainers task was to think how they would introduce this diet to their clients and what simple meal ideas would help.
4) As trainers we need our clients to build healthy habits into our client One of the best ways to do this is to check out the Free www.Tinyhabits.com programme and follow it for a week.
Change isn’t effected by great big conversions, and grand gestures. Any survey on January 2nd will tell you the success of that approach. Its about building tiny new behaviours. The Tiny Habits programme is very illuminating
In conclusion, we have the best training team because they have “a desire to reach “a high level of attainment” in that field, and a “willingness to put in great amounts of time and effort”
We work harder!