My Weekend With StrongFirst
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!
That’s how I feel about my weekend last weekend. Simply an incredible weekend from start to finish.
My StrongFirst journey came to an end last week – or rather, I feel it’s just beginning!!!
Yes we did some swings, then did some more, did some cleans, pressed some heavy sh** overhead (which was awesome), more swings, more swings, and more swings, then crushed the snatch test, and then did more swings.
Do you see a common theme?
I could write an entire article on my experience at StrongFirst, and I likely will as soon as a I have time to put all my thoughts and feeling together in a more precise manner.
The training aspect was one thing. It was great to come in and feel prepared, crush the weekend and own the snatch test!
One thing you don’t expect though is perhaps what I’m most excited about now that I’m a member of the StrongFirst family.
StrongFirst is a legit school of strength. In fact the first statement in our code of conduct (feels good to say “OUR!”) is:
As someone who values continuing education I loved the fact that all weekend long, learning is happening all around you.
StrongFirst isn’t the type of cert you simply show up to pickup your certification – in fact a number of people don’t leave with their certificates that weekend.
A successful weekend requires:
- hard work
- and a desire to learn more – a desire to strive for mastery
In fact one of the first things Angela mentioned Sunday after the snatch test is noting how much it feels like a family welcoming you in – I couldn’t agree more.
You never “fail” over the weekend, you’re merely setting PR’s or learning.
“Workouts” don’t exist, we “practice” our newly learned skills.
The last 2 codes of our code of conduct I feel are worth mentioning:
- I am a quite professional
- Strength has a greater purpose
There were some incredibly impressive feats of strength performed over the weekend – no one was hooting and hollering, no one was degrading or talking down to anyone because he/she was stronger than another; everyone acted like a professional.
The best I feel is the last one though – Strength has a greater purpose…
If you read my blogs often you know I feel the same way. In fact for me, this is WHY I do what I do.
Sure, I love lifting heavy weight and getting other people strong, but getting stronger and lifting heavy weight – while cool – doesn’t hold a candle to the greater benefits that come from devoting yourself to the process of strength.
The weekend closed with Senior SFG, Pavel Macek talking about what the “S” in StrongFirst means to him.
He talked about his journey and the process that was him becoming a part of StrongFirst and closed by saying – to him, the “S” means “home.”
It sounds cliché and corny but honestly, you get that impression (at least I did) throughout the entirety of the weekend.
Much like the martial arts world, StrongFirst requires you to commit yourself to the process, to devote yourself towards mastery for if you don’t you’ll only reap the physical benefits of the weekend (if at all) – which in my opinion would be a shame.
I cannot begin to share how happy it makes me feel to say,
I am StrongFirst!
Here’s to a lifelong journey of strength,
You can follow my strength journey here.