Team CrossFit Jääkarhu. 2017 South Regional. Event 2.
I don’t have all the words I need to describe how I feel about this weekend and this team. We didn’t have the weekend we wanted, but we had the weekend we deserved and earned. I am incredibly proud of our team: Andy, Mike, Orion, Jess, Kelley and Taylor.
They came together to compete together for the first time as a team of 6 at Regionals, and came away with a 2nd place finish in Event 6 and a 9th place finish overall. They started slow, but maintained their composure and their attitude and finished the weekend as strong as any team there.
I’ve never seen a team share a camaraderie, focus and mindset that this team did. Through adversity and through hardship, they were there for each other in training, in the house and on the floor. The mood stayed light all weekend – jokes and conversation, support and strategy. A poor finish or an excellent finish did not determine their mood and mindset – the athletes determined their mood and mindset. THAT is what a winning team does, and that is what winning athletes do.
I am grateful and humbled as always that such a group would allow me to coach, lead and guide them where I could. Truth be told, this team more than any team I’ve coached did not need me all that much. They were and are very self-supportive. They know themselves and they know each other, and it was truly awesome to see them adapt and to witness them figure shit out when they needed to.
As always, I come away from my 9th CrossFit Season with lessons learned. The team competition is brutally strong, and will only continue to be more and more competitive. You absolutely cannot hide a weak link, and teams will need 3x top 50 men AND 3x top 50 women to be competitive on the Regional stage. This is the truth of where the team competition is and is going. All 6 members of a team must all be strong, fit, skillful and… well rounded. Oh ya… “CrossFit”. 🙂
I would be remiss if I did not mention the men and women that have paved the way for CrossFit Jääkarhu as a competitive team :
And to our alternates this year: Steven Harris and Lauren Metcalfe, for giving your all and contributing in every possible way to push this team to be their best. Thank you.
Week 1: 170522
The Karhu Method will be entering into Phase 1 of our “Off-Season” Programming. Will we be following CrossFit Mainsite (www.crossfit.com) a week behind for the next 4-8 weeks. There are many benefits to doing this, among them:
> Increased knowledge of CrossFit history and “culture”.
> Ability to focus on 1 or 2 things a day, instead of “many” things.
> Highest priority on quality movement, knowledge of movements, and INTENSITY.
> Lower volume to allow for better recovery, increased focus during training and INTENSITY.
My strongest recommendation as a coach is this: follow the program. Follow it exactly. You don’t need more. You need better. Scrap the junk reps, the unneeded miles and the superfluous time in the gym. Get back to the basics, master the fundamentals, and learn how to CrossFit.
A. Sumo Deadlift 5×5
B. Bench Press 5×5