Want to be the best?

I wrote this post for the Gorilla Pit blog, but wanted to share it with you all too (and i wrote this pre-20lb pr on my snatch yesterday)

You need to train with the best, and that’s just what I’m doing. After finishing 29th at the 2010 CrossFit Games I had to start thinking about ‘what next?”. And of course the big focus is on competing again in 2011.?When I sat down to think about competing in 2011 I had to evaluate my current strengths and weaknesses, training methods, environment and coaching.

Over the last three years I have had a variety of all of the above exposing me to a variety of approaches. Having reached the elite level, I need someone that is knowledgeable and experienced in training and coaching elite athletes.

Enter Ty Phillips and The Gorilla Pit stage left. The past two weeks I have been working three days a week with Ty, and honestly, I’ve never worked so hard in my life. He’s pushed me to places I didn’t know I had. How? By committing to my training and me.

While he’s managed to program some hellish workouts, he’s brought so much more to the table than a few good workouts. He sat down with me and discussed specific goals in the gym, nutrition, life stresses and well pretty much every aspect of my life. He checks in twice a day to make sure I’m feeling ok, eating right, basically making sure I’m staying focused on the goal.

It’s amazing the effect that a having a committed coach has to my desire to produce. I know he’s 100% committed to my success making me want to repay that commitment with effort. Beyond effort alone, Ty has proven his knowledge of training elite athletes giving me further trust in his methods. I have no doubt that by following Ty’s model I’ll become a ‘beast’.

I challenge anyone out there to do one workout with Ty at The Gorilla Pit, and let me know when you’re going so I can watch you suffer.