In a similar fashion as last year, Ruth and I found ourselves in the unfamiliar setting of a a globo gym once again this year as most of the local CrossFit boxes were closed or had off hours yesterday. Just as Jake experienced recently, Olympic weightlifting and globo gyms do go well together. As soon as we donned our lifting shoes the stares began from other gym go-ers. The entire gym had only one power rack and one squat rack, so at least we fared better than Marcus did on his recent trip to a Hawaii globo gym, but we had to hawk the guy performing quarter squats with 275# followed by a burnout of calf raises on the leg press machine just to get on a rack. The bars were decent quality but the knurling stopped short of the width of my snatch grip so it made performing hang snatches very interesting and more of a grip exercise than I expected. Poor Ruth had to make due on a men’s bar again, but luckily it is a lighter week for her and she stuck some less explosive lifts like press, front squat, and RDL.
Besides the excessive number of bench presses, hammer strength equipment, and select0r machines, we were actually pleasantly surprised to see a handful of folks performing overhead squats, power cleans, squat cleans, deadlifts, and performing contract-relax stretching. It made me hopeful that we’re starting to make a dent in the general public’s idea of what working out is. At one point two guys were “squatting” on a Smith machine next to our squat rack and I happened to glance over at Ruth and observed a rather sad expression on her face. Being the ever concerned fiance that I am, I quickly asked, “Is everything alright? Is your arm bothering you? Are you feeling ok?” She could see I was concerned and smiled back at me saying, “Seeing poor squats makes me sad.” Once she realized that it was actually a father teaching his son a poor excuse of a squat, she even got a bit upset. It reminded us of the importance of having informed and well versed teachers/coaches. Many of us have to relearn motor patterns that were second nature to us when we were young, and if we don’t have the proper instruction or example to follow we often learn poor technique that can be dangerous and can lead to issues in the long run.
For a one day trip or last resort a globo gym is better than skipping a workout session, but it far from ideal. Try to find a local CrossFit gym for those of you traveling for the holidays and for those of you part of the Intrepid WLC you can also check the USAW site to find a club in your respective area. A special thank you to Jake, Stephanie, Avelyne, and Marcus for covering this week’s classes and allowing Ruth and I to travel and visit family and friends. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility this past week, and we’ll be back to regular hours on Monday. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and to everyone else enjoy your weekend and some downtime. Stay tuned for any changes for New Year’s.