My Name is Sam Lawrence and I’m a CrossFit Bore!!
As a personal trainer and CrossFit enthusiast (or bore, as my wife puts it!) I’m close to taking my Level 1 Crossfit Instructor exam. Now this is big for a few reasons. I see it as a progression of my skill set as a trainer and also on a personal level, it’s a great way to push my own fitness to another level.
Love or hate Crossfit, you can’t get away from the fact that it forces you to take an holistic view of fitness, incorporating cardio, Olympic Lifting, gymnastics – not forgetting the burning need to go on social media to let everyone know your WOD! I must confess I love it, when my alarm goes off at 5.20am and I get ready for my first client, I can’t help but jump on Instagram and see what someone has done. Can I beat it? Hell, can I even do it?!
I’m sure I’m not alone in being somewhat passionate about shouting down the errors in form I see every day, but some to take it to extremes as they see Crossfit as the anti-form in particularly the kipping pull up (that’s not a pull up etc) but what I would say is this. Are you working muscle groups, increased heart rate, gymnastic movement? Sound good to me but I’ve always been a glass half full or rather let’s order another as I need a top up. Remember you’re doing this to improve your body and wellbeing, everything has merits. Grace, for instance, is a WOD of x30 Clean & Press, performed as quickly as possible. It wouldn’t be healthy to do it every day, but once in a while and as part of a wider programme of movements, it’s beneficial.
I use WODs for most of my clients as a means of helping them reach their fitness goals. Whether they want to lose weight or bulk up, developing strength and efficiency of movement is key.
My own training will involve WODS, strength work and a session of very poorly performed gymnastics (which I like to record and then watch myself back to try and improve. Vanity or dedication?! Vanity for sure). I don’t go in for the diet as fully as I should due to having three burger-loving kids and a home that wouldn’t tolerate a Paleo diet, but I do subscribe to eating well most of the time and having Whey protein after sessions to aid recovery so I’m ready to go again for the next session.
You might not see me at the next Crossfit Games but stranger things have happened! You’ve got to have a goal, right?!
Sam Lawrence, Personal Trainer @SamFit_PT