I read a neat article on the CrossFit Games site the other day about the Barber brothers. Pat Barber, better known as Manimal, competed in the games in 2011 and is most famous for his finish of the final WOD, a chipper ending in a sled pull. The article is about his and Jonji’s (his younger brother) introduction to CrossFit 9 years ago and their training habits today. Jonji says Pat is extremely gifted and movements come easy to him, which is definitely not the case for Jonji. Pat is Jonji’s rabbit to chase and Pat coaches his mental game. Jonji helps to boost Pat up and keep him confident and focused in his training.
From what I’ve read in the past, many of the Games athletes have training partners, someone to push them and keep them motivated. Do any of you have a training partner? Is there someone in your class that helps keep you motivated? Rather, is there someone’s times and weights you keep track of on the board that’s your rabbit to chase? How about any organized sports you played growing up? Were you motivated by your team or did you do better training on your own, focusing on your own needs?
What I’ve also read in the past year about Games athletes is that some training partnerships have broken up. Sometimes it can be tough training with a partner because your goals can be different or maybe you inadvertently hold each other back in certain areas. What if all the sudden you catch up to your rabbit and you stop pushing the weights or continue to depend on your pull up bands? Or for whatever reason, you see their time on the board and set your expectations lower?
Personally, I found more often than not, I do better with a rabbit to chase. The competitive side gets the better of me and I’m either trying to chase someone down, or not let someone catch me. The important part of having a training partner is having a strong understanding of your personal strengths and weaknesses and those of your training partner. I’m either trying to stay strong enough to keep up with weights, improve my form and efficiency, or stay far enough ahead in the movements I know I’m stronger in. Take some time to evaluate your training situation. Do you have a training buddy in class or someone’s times you look at on the board? Do you understand each others strengths and weaknesses? Are you actually helping each other meet your own goals? I am by no means discouraging having a training buddy, like I said, that’s how I prefer to work out, but make sure you understand the relationship well and are seeing positive results from the partnership.
***Notice: The sub for double unders will now be two parallette jumps instead of just one. More motivation to practice those dubs, even if it’s during a workout. With dubs, the only way to get them is to practice, and practice often.***