My responsibility, your goals.

My first night back at the gym after my trip to Chicago, I got to see three of my team members and I was so happy to see them. They pointed out two girls across the room who had pretty light bells and were not doing kettlebell swings the way I had been trained. One of my teammates said, “Alright SFG, what do you think of their swings?” I couldn’t help but laugh because we had just spent the last 15 minutes gabbing while these girls were swinging. Albeit not the swing standards that StrongFirst requires, these girls were working harder than we were at the time. How can we possibly criticize? Were they training for their SFG or were they using kettlebells as a fat burning exercise? Who am I to say? Either way, they were not working their jaw muscles like we were. Kudos, ladies.

So what is my responsibility? As a StrongFirst Level 1 instructor, I have a duty and an honor to learn and teach strength. As someone who aspires to inspire, I have the duty and honor of taking care of myself as much as I can.

All memes and negative comments aside, proper form while lifting is hard. It’s hard to learn and it’s hard to teach. Let’s skip the proper form and load up the plates, right? Mmmmmaybe not. But is it my responsibility to correct the man in the gym whose conventional is too wide and sumo is too narrow?

No.

He’s deadlifting. Isn’t that the point?

I have the tendency to mock men whose pull-ups aren’t tactical: they do not extend at the bottom and pause. Shame on me. He’s reppin’ more than I can and it’s a different form. He’s in the gym. He’s not at KFC, he’s not on the couch, he’s not drinking, he’s not wasting away at work trying to forget about other issues. He’s doing pull-ups. Who gives if they’re not the way I do them? Shame on me.

However, I dream of owning my own gym. I dream of sending multiple students at a time to their StrongFirst certification and I dream of them passing it on. My dream students will be know their strengths and weaknesses. They will know the difference between their sumo and conventional stance, they will do tactical pull ups. Biomechanical breathing will be second nature, even on their snatch tests. Their swings will be heavy to accompany their heavy deadlifts. Their squats will be low and no tension will be lost in the hole. Their form will be impeccable. When it comes to their SFG training, their perfection is my responsibility.

What is my responsibility? Depends. What are your goals?