Wednesday 140910

Five rounds for time:

10 Deadlift, 225# (155#)
15 Kettlebell swings, 24kg (16kg)
15 Toes to bar

Post time to comments and BTW.

Joel making practice perfect.

Joel making practice perfect.

A love letter to you from JJ:

We seek virtuosity.  Coach Glassman refers to virtuosity as “doing the common uncommonly well.”  When it comes to CrossFit, it’s performing these functional movements in such a way that they often look effortless.  Watching someone perform a heavy snatch or high reps of muscle-ups with an ease that nearly takes our breath away.  You can see virtuosity all around you outside of our walls at Verve too.  

Whether a it’s an experienced co-worker who gets a big project done in half the time, without an air of stress or even your mom making an amazing breakfast for a big brood of family without so much as a bit of worry.  It comes as a result of discipline and mindfulness practiced consistently over a long period of time.  When we offer skills clinics or seminars, those are great opportunities to spend extra time improving yourself, but also not necessary if you get the most out of each class.  

We do demand perfection from our athletes.  If you can’t handle that demand for perfection, then you are in the wrong place.  You pay us for excellence and we deliver.  We demand the same excellence in coaching from ourselves too.  We study daily, we learn constantly, we offer feedback regularly.  Visitors often comment when dropping into Verve how well everyone moves and that all of our athletes must be very experienced . . .Yes and no.  Some of us have been doing CrossFit for nearly a decade, some have been at Verve only a year, and some are fresh out of Elements or Foundations like we all were at one point.  With a commitment to seek virtuosity, we all continue to progress as athletes.  We may see the broad arc of PR’s when we are new flatten some, but it still continues to average up, despite some peaks and valleys.  We may sustain an injury outside the gym, or train through a challenging life change, but if we leave our egos at the door, listen to our coaches and train consistently, our journey and fitness improves. 

It’s a special relationship between a coach and an athlete; we care about your movement and daily health.  Care so much that I don’t hear the music because I’m analyzing your torso angle in relation to the barbell your are lifting.  I care about your knees tracking over your feet on a consistent basis, from every time you squat in Verve to when you squat to pick up your child or pet.  Because we know that over time, good mechanics will consistently improve intensity which breed good results, i.e. optimal health and fitness.  

The cueing and correcting in a warm-up or skill session is your opportunity to demand that perfection from yourself.  Listen and aim to perform; please modify or scale to what your coach tells you.  If I tell you to get off the rower your last round and walk right over without a break to breathe and finish out your last round of wall-balls, it’s because I know without a doubt you can be successful.  We know your limits and aim to broaden them over time as you train.  Over time, that discipline will lead to you to move well without having to think about it, may prevent an injury or your health failing.  This leaves you the ability to focus on breathing or chatting with your child as you are carrying 18 bags of groceries in from your car in one trip . . . and that is every bit as much of a “fist-pump-in-the-air-WIN” moment as a “podium-spot-WIN” somedays.  More time with the ones we love or doing what brings us joy is the ultimate goal for all this hard work and suffering, even if sometimes it’s just squeaking by slightly faster than James OG.  I want you all to do take that success inside our walls and spread it outside as far as you want it to reach.  Thank you for being a part of our culture of community and excellence.  How are you going to seek virtuosity inside or outside today?


  1. Kacey :

    Absolutely LOVE THIS!!!!

  2. Guy :

    There’s virtuosity in that post Joylyn! Excellent!!

  3. Mike C :


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