This Week In Running A Gym - June 29, 2014

This week I'll start with a lesson that I'm still learning, but has been on my mind lately, then I'll talk about an awesome new service we're adding to all regular classes.

First, my lesson. I tend to look at my days and judge my satisfaction by what I got done. A productive day is a good day. I've told you about Lisa and my habit of asking each other, “what was the best part about your day?” as we're climbing into bed at night. A common answer I give is, “getting X done.” Where I run into difficulty is with the all-or-nothing nature of this job. When there is a project that needs doing, I can easily work 14 hours a day on 5 hours sleep, brain working the from the moment of waking to when I go back to bed. Although these times are a lot of hard work, they're also satisfying in their own way. I get stuff done and I'm proud of that. Fortunately those periods don't last forever, but I sometimes struggle with what to do when it's not like that. I feel like Wile E Coyote when he's chasing the Roadrunner and goes running off a cliff, it takes a little while to realize he's still doing a lot of running for no purpose. I often find it harder to adjust to periods of little urgent work, than periods of a lot of work. So these last couple of weeks I've been deliberately silencing that voice in the back of my head that constantly tells me to scurry and work work work. I gotta tell you, it's been great. Especially since the Sword of Damocles that was the T-Town Throwdown got removed, it's been pretty stress free; bike rides with my kids, working in the garden, and conquering the world in Civ 5.

That'll change soon. July will be a busy month. We're redesigning the beginner program to be bigger than anything we've done before (more comprehensive, in fact, than any CrossFit gym I've seen) which we want ready to go by August, we'll have kids classes running, and I'll be going to the CrossFit Games. So it goes, ebb and flow.

The other thing I want to announce is that we're going to try out a service called SocialWOD. Basically it'll let us take a picture of the whiteboard and upload everybody's name and daily results to a database. So you, the athlete, will be able to go to where you'll have an online journal of your daily results. No more guessing what your previous weights were, no need to remember to grab your journal, it's there with no effort on your part. Awesome, right? Apart from benefiting you individually, it'll be a tool we can use to evaluate our gym programming. So I'm excited to add that and see how it works. The first couple of WODs should be up by the time you read this. Check it out and let me know what you like.

By Morgan on Sunday, June, 29, 2014