Words: Kazusa Nishii
I don’t care
How much weight you want to lose.
That’s right, I don’t care.
Over the years, I’ve run into so many girls who are unsure of their ability to do this type of high intensity workout program. “I don’t know if I want to lift weights and to work out with the "guys.”“
They walk in when their self-esteem is low and their intimidation high. They walk in saying that their only goal is to "lose weight.”
As a Crossfit coach, I’ve learned from my own insecurities. I to try to focus on empowering other women by having them not focus on the number on the scale.
Why did I become a coach? I became a coach because I realized Crossfit was a program that worked for me and continues to work for me to this day. I want other people to experience that.
As a woman, it’s hard not to focus on being a stick-thin supermodel. In most western cultures, we all focus on wanting to be thin. Crash dieting and eating next-to-nothing is what we’re used to do.
Now enter CrossFit-
A training program that focuses on strength and metabolic conditioning (the best of both worlds in my opinion). We do a variety of different types of lifting: power and Olympic lifting combined with a variety of different disciplines of cardio conditioning and gymnastic-type body weight movements set under a time modality. The goal is to do the workout as fast as you can while making sure you have the correct form and all movements are done with complete range of motion.
In my coaching I focus on form vs. heavy weight, but my ultimate goal is to make people feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. Most women have never picked up a barbell or lifted a kettlebell. Some have never done a pull-up or push-up. Others have never even worked out before in their life. What they all have in common is that they’re extremely intimidated.
If you are one of the millions of women who come in wanting to lose weight, just know that we don’t focus on the number on the scale. Instead, we focus on very measurable standards in work-outs and how your clothes fit.
Once I started focusing on my goals at hand, (I.e. being able to do five strict pull-ups, or get ten legit push-ups without needing rest) is when I saw the results to go with it. I didn’t worry about the scale anymore.
This same thing goes for most women. I’ve seen time and time again that when I focus on a skill-goal with a client who works hard to achieve that goal, they are transformed. They go from being insecure with themselves to becoming a confident and happy individual. Their bodyweight becomes a non-issue and their attitude changes and molds into that of an athlete.
This is what I thrive on. The success of everyone who works to achieve a skill they not only dreamed of doing, but because of it, they are confident in who they are. This translates to them living a better, fuller and happier life. When someone finds their inner athlete, that is what makes me truly happy to be a coach.