Neil’s Advice

Nothing cheesy or overyly mushy here. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at CrossFit Kirkwood, and I am sad to be leaving. These are the things I’ve tried to instill over the last 4 years.

  1. CrossFit is an amazing and fun way to improve your fitness. However, it is secondary general health. Your priorities, in order of importance, should be:
    1. Getting plenty of sleep.
    2. Eating high-quality, natural foods (most of the time).
    3. Minimizing your stress. (something I continue to struggle with, but I’m not giving up!)
    4. Doing lots of mobility and lots of stretching!
    5. Having FUN!!
  2. Be safe. It’s super cool to lift heavy weights and jump and muscle up and stuff. Being injured is super uncool. You can move fast and heavy, but always move well. (Every squat does not have to be 100% perfect. Your underlying focus should be safety, but if your heart rate never gets above 90, you’re doing it wrong)
  3. Set goals. In your gym life and personal life. Set goals to do 10 pullups and pay off your student loans. Always be working towards something.
  4. Don’t be afraid to fail.

    “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery”

  5. And finally:
    1. Use proper grammar. (It’s not always “you and I”)
    2. BE ON TIME.
    3. Be reliable – do what you say.
    4. Say what you mean – with tact.
    5. Use your blinkers, and check your mirrors.
    6. Put good things into the world.

That’s it, folks. It has been a great pleasure to be your coach these past 4 years. I hope to see many of you in the future, perhaps across a table with some paleo beers and keto french fries. All the best, gang!

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