Shane Moser

 In BAMF

I thought I could escape without subjecting you all to my writing, but alas here we are! No, I am honored

to be BAMF just as I am honored to have been a member of Gardens CrossFit for the past 4+ years.Shane_BAMF_Pic (1)

Unfortunately Lindsay and I will be moving to Atlanta in August so I can pursue my MBA at Georgia Tech.

Truth is, this might never have happened if it weren’t for Miki & Lee.

When I stumbled upon CrossFit back in 2010 my primary focus was on partying. I would go to the gym to

look good, not live good. Miki was my first CrossFit coach and Lee was the guy I was always trying to

catch in the WOD. Both of them would kick my ass. They pushed me to get better, not just at CrossFit,

but at life.

It was only natural I follow them to Gardens CrossFit. I am going to miss so much that we take for

granted: the trainers are some of the best you will find in any gym, the diversity of equipment at our

disposal, the thoroughness of going over technique, the time devoted to accessory work and mobility,

the perfect balance between inclusiveness and competitiveness, but what I love most about Gardens

CrossFit is they always do things the right way and never sacrifice their integrity. We are extremely lucky

because most gyms do not have all of these things!

We might never have shared a conversation, but I have certainly shared an acknowledgement of respect

with any person who was willing to sacrifice their blood, sweat and tears with me. So in closing, I am

going to share with you all Shane’s tips for becoming a BAMF:

1) Do a competition! Nothing matches the adrenaline rush of doing a WOD in front of a bunch of

screaming strangers. We all get nervous, but fear is just excitement in need of an attitude

adjustment. You will be surprised by what you can accomplish under those circumstances, and

you might become addicted. Always remember that no matter what happens, as long as you

learn something it is never a failure.

2) Dictate your own pace. You know you better than anyone else, so don’t redline chasing an

overeager competitor. Perhaps the movement is a strength of theirs, but I can’t tell you how

many times I’ve passed people that end up hitting a wall.

3) Avoid scoreboard stalking prior to the WOD. A) It gives you an unfair advantage, and B) it could

lead you to sandbagging. You should be going as hard as possible all the time, regardless of the

competition. Wait until after the WOD to see how you stack up.

4) If it hurts, stop! Nobody likes to get hurt, but I think we like to admit we are hurt even less. That

is your body’s way of letting you know something isn’t right, so put your ego aside and let it

heal. The short term gain will not be worth it if you end up making things worse by putting

yourself out of commission for a longer period of time. Address the fundamental cause of the

pain, not just the symptoms.

5) Sometimes the best way to become proficient at a movement is to force yourself to do it in a

WOD. A lot of times we like to overthink things, but your body will figure out the path of least

resistance when it is fatigued (that doesn’t mean you can sacrifice proper form).

6) Everything in moderation. It’s hard to be healthy all the time, so keep your sanity by occasionally

having cheat meals or a few drinks. It does make a huge difference to significantly cut down on

the crappy foods and alcohol though.

7) Maybe most important of all, get plenty of sleep!

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