Looking around the gym this week in a busy class, I notice members who seem motivated and committed to their training, and some who were not.  Have you been around for 3 months? 6 months? Over a year? And not getting the results you want…..Maybe you talk a good game about improvements or change but are simply not committed to the coaching process.

Are you coachable?  Do you have the commitment it takes to maximum your coaching experience? The quiz below developed by Robert Kiyosaki  will shed some light on your potential for accepting coaching.  If you fail this test you might need to retrench before investing in the coaching process.

1.    I am willing to make the coaching process an investment in myself. I view it as a long-term approach to creating changes in my life. I am not looking for a quick fix.

2.    I am ready to do the work necessary to get me where I want to be, and I will let the coach do the coaching.

3.    I am willing to change any self-defeating behaviors that are creating a barrier to my success.

4.    I accept responsibility for my actions and will not expect the coach to “fix” me, because I know I’m the only one who can make it happen.

5.    I have adequate funds to pay for coaching and will not regret the investment. I view coaching as a worthwhile investment in me, not an expense, and I will not allow finances to be a barrier to coaching.

6.    I am willing and able to be completely truthful with my coach, and I’m ready to hear the truth from my coach even if it is uncomfortable at first.

7.    Coaching is the appropriate process for the changes I want to make.

8.    I am able to commit the time needed to make and keep scheduled coaching sessions and to do the field work that my coach asks of me.

9.    I’m open to trying new things when my coach asks me, even if they aren’t completely comfortable or I’m not convinced they will make a difference.

10.  This is the right time in my life for me to accept coaching.

Now score yourself:  If you answered “no” to two or more questions, you will need to make some adjustments, either in your lifestyle or in your expectations of coaching, before coaching will be fully effective.

Make the commitment, come in with a plan, be consistent.

Best of Luck to Dustin, he is flying to Dubai to compete in the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship 2012.

A great example of a man with a plan. Committed, Dustin has trained hard as well as smart. Taking care of his rest, nutrition, while making time for family, we can all learn from Dustin.

Make a plan for your own success. Like most things in life, if you have a plan, make goals, and prepare you will be successful. Book in your workouts like appointments and KEEP them. Get more out of your training.

Now Milo, he had a plan.

(By Jack Gaines)

With it being an Olympics year, and us being interested in getting stronger, here is the story of Milo of Croton.  He was one of the early Olympics heroes (think 3,000 years ago Olympics).  He won 6 Olympic crowns in wrestling, and they still participated only every 4 years back then too.  That’s right, his wrestling career spanned over 25 years, whereas nowadays athletic careers at the pro level last 20 years at the most and that’s in lighter contact sports or positions.  It’s definitely unheard of in wrestling.  The reason why he is important (yeah, 6 Olympic crowns is important, but there’s more) is because he is considered “The Father of Linear Progression”.  His goal (you have one right?) was to carry a bull on his shoulders.  He knew that he couldn’t lift a bull onto his shoulders that first day, so he found a bull calf and carried it around.  He picked it up and carried it everyday because every day it was just a little bit bigger than before.  The bull calf eventually grew into a bull and his body was used to the slowly increasing weight, so he was able to lift the heavy load.  The moral of the story?  Strength gains are a slow, but steady, process.  Little by little you should be getting stronger and putting more weight on the bar to continue to force your body to adapt to heavier loads.

For those interested on Olympic Weightlifting here is Coach B “Jumping Position, Landing Position” with Coach Mike Burgener, CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]