Mel completes CrossFit Level 1 Training

Congratulations to Melissa who completed her CrossFit Level 1 Training this past weekend.  After doing CrossFit for years now Melissa Swain (aka Mel) took on the challenge of completing her Level One certification.

Celebrating new CF Level 1 achievment

Coach Mel celebrating CrossFit Level 1

She was excited to be able to gain new insights and skills at developing and correcting movement in athletes.  This makes her officially capable of training others here at CrossFit FerVor in Mansfield Texas!

There will still be a learning curve as she continues to improve her skill as a trainer, but as a result of the training she has been exposed to here as well Continue reading

Boot Camp or CrossFit?

Recently, I had a new athlete join CrossFit FerVor here in Mansfield, Texas.  She had been “staying in shape” by attending the four week boot camps that I see advertised in the area, you know the ones.  Seems like they have a good business going.  Classes are regularly booked and they seem to keep people coming back.

No equipment, no facility, no investment on their part.

I hear from folks who believe Continue reading

Intensity and the new client

I don’t think that joining any CrossFit box should be like a fraternity hazing.  At CrossFit Fervor, we want to ensure that as a minimum a new athlete/client should have a taste of the kind of intensity that the rest of the box is displaying to get their results.  I may have recently screwed this up and I am wrestling with the question.  Continue reading

Where are your Standards?

We all have standards that we apply all the time.  Most are tacit and usually the standard itself is not explicitly discussed just situations or performance versus the standard.  He is a lousy driver, she is a great kisser, are examples of comparisons to a tacit standard.  However, when we train athletes (or any other persons or professions) we have to be very clear of the expected standards so that when we have an area that deviates from the standard we can mutually agree to where we fell short (i.e. the movement, repetition, or performance) has not met an agreed to standard and we can provide specific meaningful feedback that will enable improved performance in the future.

In CrossFit in general and at CrossFit FerVor, in Mansfield, Texas, we understand the importance of setting, communicating and maintaining clear, specific standards to ensure that we deliver on our promise of the Safest, most Efficient and Effective training possible.

If we allow others (athletes, employees, children) to consistently fail to meet the standard we are by default setting a new lower standard.  This is not acceptable. I expect that this commitment to high standards carries over in other areas of life for the members of CrossFit FerVor.  That what they will accept from themselves, others and life in general must meet their high standards.

Ensure that your standards and expectations are known, clearly understood by all the affected persons and ensure that you provide feedback when there is a discrepancy between the standard and the results.