When To Break The Rules

Know yourself enough to make conscientious choices in all facets of your life, without having to rely on the blueprints of others.
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Know yourself enough to make conscientious choices in all facets of your life, without having to rely on the blueprints of others.
Break The Rules

1. Repeating Coaching Cues

While it’s great to learn from someone more experienced, you should never repeat a cue until you fully understand its purpose. In addition, there is more than one way to coach someone. Just because your certification gave you a certain way of teaching something, this isn’t going to work with everyone, and that’s OK. Allow yourself to be creative, think on the spot, and actually use your brain to help your clients on an individual basis, not a one-cue-fits-all cattle call.

2. Your Diet

There is not one way to follow the Paleo diet or eat healthy. If something isn’t working for you, change it, even if it’s outside the guidelines of your gym’s 30-day challenge. Stop blindly following serving sizes, food lists and calorie recommendations. Think for yourselves — eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full, and know what food you’re putting in the body. Beyond that, you don’t always have to play by the rules. You’re different from everyone else, and your diet probably will be, too, even if your choice foods are on the “no” list.

3. Your Programming

If you are tired, rest. If you don’t want to kip your pull-ups, don’t. If something feels off, have the capacity to think for yourself and stop. It goes the other way as well — if you have a goal, take the initiative to work toward it. Do the extra work. Your gym’s programming is probably fantastic for a broad group of people, but you may need to take the initiative to alter it slightly to your needs — whether it’s a movement that’s injurious to you or extra core work you need to add in.

Know yourself enough to make conscientious choices in all facets of your life, without having to rely on the blueprints of others. Put in the hard work yourself to understand movement mechanics, what nutrients you need in your diet, and your own weaknesses and deficiencies. This will lead to a more mindful existence, in CrossFit and in life.