I want to take a moment on this recovery day to give a special shout out to two of my best masters athletes:
Mr. Jeff Morgan and Mr. Mark Brazell.
These two gentlemen are currently sitting 180th and 212th in the World in their respective age divisions. Besides their incredible athletic achievements so far this season, I am more pleased with their LTAD.
Long-Term Athletic Development.
Both of these men have been my athletes for over 3 years (Mark for 5). As a coach, it is always imperative that you explain to your athletes the long-term goal(s). That it’s not always about the “NOW” and “THIS YEAR”. That sometimes it’s about the long-game, the big picture – 1, 3, 5, 10, or 20+ years down the road…
These two men have it figured out.
They have followed 1 program and have reaped the benefits. They are both very coachable, and they are students of movement, nutrition, and CrossFit. They are also hard and consistent workers. They bust their asses in the gym, and then go above and beyond outside the gym to recover. They very rarely, if ever, miss training days – but they are also very in tune with their bodies and are not afraid to take an extra day or two off to rest and recover if they need it. They modify when they need to, and in doing so have managed to CrossFit for the past 3 and 5 years without any injuries (Jeff landed on his foot wrong one time coming off the pull-up bar… but we won’t count that one 🙂
If you are a coach or an athlete, you absolutely MUST have your LTAD goals in mind at all times. It will shape why you train, how you train and what you train. It will also serve as the foundation from which you can make smart, informed decisions on when to push the envelope and when to pull back on the reins.
Congratulations to Jeff and Mark — we’ve got more work to do. Two more to the top 200.
Week 33: 15.03.19