If I Could Start CrossFit All Over Again.

If you could go back and start CrossFit all over again, what would you do differently?

“Well, a whole lot”

Let’s start with one thing at a time.


I would have found someone to coach me sooner instead of relying on my knowledge.

Coaching isn’t just crucial for a program like CrossFit. Its part of what makes CrossFit stand out from other methods of pursuing fitness.

I got three muscle ups on my first day playing around at an affiliate because I had been on the rings before, but I could not do a squat snatch to save my life or yours. So, I watched videos on youtube; I practiced with a broom at my house (my dogs loved it and were also afraid of me), I spent about two months trying to help myself, which is ridiculous because I was the one who needed help.

My snatches got marginally better. I could lift heavier, but they looked off, I still sucked.

The turning point happened when I asked for help from a trainer who knew how to snatch. I was hesitant to ask for his help because he tried to get in a fist-fight with me the day I met him. But, that’s how bad I wanted to get better.

He gave me a PVC pipe and murdered me with 128,492 Jump shrugs and nothing else.

I got better. A lot better.

The difference was the coach. An authority figure told me to cut out 99% of the stuff I was doing (which was good stuff but not helpful) and focus on my core problem.

Only then, I began to understand his value. He could see what I could not. I saw with my eyes. He saw with his experience. At the time, I would not understand why he chose the most boring and remedial move, but he would.

He made sure I did, what I wouldn’t do by myself. THAT is coaching.

If 2009 Jeff came to 2019 WLRCF, he would hear things like:

“Do the simple version well; THEN, you can try the complex version.”

“I saw you’re still avoiding squats; if your knee’s been hurting this long, it’s time to see someone about it.”

“You don’t need a harder workout; you need to do this workout, harder.”

“Stop eating so many damn Reeses cups if you want abs.”


There are no Silver Bullets.

There are no Silver Bullets. Only Golden BBS. What I mean is that people hire trainers because they want their problems solved. They want a

You Can’t Get Abs

From doing one sit-up. You have to get reps in. Over many months. Possibly years. And if you want to really see them, you’ll start


Talk with a coach about your goals. Get the plan to achieve them.


Take the first step towards getting the results you want!