I have been lucky enough to interview and speak with some phenomenal CrossFit athletes this season. Some of you might have caught my interview with Rebecca Voigt last week. This week I was lucky enough to be on a podcast with Val Voboril. One of the things that I found both these women have in common is… perspective. This is something I always speak about but rarely find among some of the younger CrossFit athletes today. Although these women have a combined 15 CrossFit Games appearances between them, and three top 3 finishes, they remain humble. To them competing is not worth it unless they are having fun. Sure, they want to be successful. However, they both have families and full time jobs. They understand what matters most to themselves and are very unselfish individuals when it comes to their lives outside the gym. Being a coach to so many various different athletes of all levels I was asked this question during the podcast with Val: “How do I handle athletes who walk into my gym with massive goals and no perspective at all?”
I thought for a bit in regards to how I answered this. However, the answer was very clear to me. The athletes I work with really only have one option. They need to gain perspective or they or the gym will weed them out. I don’t work well with those who only want to do CrossFit and nothing else. There has to be something more to their lives besides working out. We have some pretty bad ass athletes at Precision, and I am not talking about the Regional team. However, I could tell you about each and every one of their lives. I know what they do for a living and see many of them bring their families into the gym. Do we throw down each day, and when we compete do we compete to win? Sure we do. But we don’t let it get in the way of our perspective on life. Neither does Rebecca or Val and they are two of the best in the world. It was very reassuring to have these conversations with these two and I hope the younger generations coming up through the CrossFit channels give the conversations a listen. There is a lot that can be learned.
You can catch all my articles here along with my podcast, which will go up later in the week: Mike Tromello / Breaking Muscle
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50 Single Unders
10 Bumper Jacks 2″
10 Bumper Jaks 4″
10 Pass Throughs
10 Good Mornings
5 Inch Worms
10 Min. to work to a heavy single for the day.
10 Rounds (Every 3 Min.)
15/12 Cal. Row
35 Double Unders
*Adjust reps to stay within time frame.