Tuesdays with Clients

Tuesdays with Clients

I could only find pictures of Doug doing work.

I could only find pictures of Doug doing work.

Warm-up: 3 Rounds – 15 Kettlebell swings (35/20), 15 air squats, 50 jump ropes

Jerk: (Split) 1-1-1-1-1

Push press: 5RM

MetCon – 3 Rounds for Time:
20 Box jumps (30/24″)
20 ring dips

CrossFit Ktown is starting a new thing for blog posts every other Tuesday night. We are asking clients to write a guest article about whatever topic they so choose, but related to CrossFit in some form or fashion. It’s kinda like “Tuesdays with Morrie,” but much more entertaining. So without further adieu, here’s our first guest post by Doug Coffin, one of the hardest working members at CFK.

Oktoberfest or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Squat

With the MLB Playoffs in full swing (pun definitely intended), it’s a perfect time to throw a curve ball into the normal blog posts. This isn’t Coach G, J, or CBo, but instead one of your brothers in sweat. I’ve wanted to write a guest blog for some time now, but I didn’t have the inspiration until the Oktoberfest games last weekend in Middle Tennessee. I went to the games not as a competitor, but a spectator, friend, and strikingly handsome motivator. Okay, maybe I got a tad out of hand, but you get the idea. What I experienced was another level of love of Crossfit, but more importantly, an entirely new level of respect for our coaches. I’m going to talk about my two biggest takeaways from the weekend.

As we arrived to the sports complex that hosted the games, we immediately saw two men who would be characterized as “bigger” or “more ripped” than any of our male competitors from Crossfit Ktown. As you’ll see later, that’s not an insult; it’s just the reality of what people would say. A lot of people, myself formerly included, thought bigger meant better and stronger. As our ladies and gents registered and were given their numbers, more and more athletes poured in, some who were again “bigger.” I started to wonder if the Ktowners were at a disadvantage. Some of these people were stacked.

However, after Friday’s strength-based WOD and Saturday’s early morning WOD, my eyes were dramatically opened to the truth and reality behind Crossfit: size means nothing. Granted, it technically does mean something in terms of range of motion and how far you’re moving weight, but in competition, it’s a theoretical zero. Event after event, our group of athletes outperformed many of their “bigger” counterparts, sometimes without it even being close. Coach G, probably the lightest competitor in the games, finished ahead of countless “bigger” athletes in the strength WOD on Friday. Coach CBo scored better in the strength WOD than Mario, a compact, bulldog of a man with muscles bulging at the seams. Every single one of our athletes defeated a “bigger” athlete at the games in one or more of the workouts.

Why does this mean anything? Because it made me buy in even more into Crossfit! I wish everybody could have watched our athletes grind through 4 grueling workouts while others fell by the wayside. I was all-in before with Crossfit, but going forward, I won’t be wondering if it’s the best way to do things.

How did our athletes fare so well? Easy: coaching. I know what you’re thinking, “Great, Doug’s going to brown nose the coaches.” “No,” says I. The only disappointment from the weekend was the complete lack of a standard from not only the judges, but some of the competitors. Don’t get me wrong, the organizers told everybody the standard, but a handful of athletes didn’t hold the standard and got away with it. Pushups weren’t locked out, squat cleans weren’t parallel, deadlifts weren’t complete, etc etc etc. Did it help some athletes get better times? Absolutely! In fact, one competitor we watched tried to cut corners in every movement, and he got away with it.

This epiphany created such a huge a respect for our coaches from me. Their reps were quality, their work was legitimate, and their scores were honest. It made me so proud to see Megan and Jess power through box jumps the right way, while the winner of the female games never once opened her hips on the same movement. It opened my eyes! I’m a big believer in doing things the right way, and our coaches, without a shadow of a doubt, have taught us the right way to do things. If you’re frustrated about not losing enough weight last week, or your time on Monday stunk, don’t get frustrated. Our coaches are incredible teachers with serious discipline. They will take you where you need to go. They make us work for every rep and every second counted. In the end, if your survival is at stake, would you rather know the right way or the wrong way?


By | 2017-04-25T14:40:11+00:00 October 13th, 2009|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|10 Comments


  1. Blake October 13, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Well said Doug. I was at the games as well, and Doug is most definitely right. Form from our coaches was ten times better than the rest of the the competitors. I’ve said it before, but well done to all our Ktown competitors.

  2. LarryS October 14, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Blake, I second the comment, “Well said Doug.” I too, along with Geri, was also at the games and I was amazed at how well the Ktowners did compared to the other competitors. Many of these other competitors were bigger and more cut that our Ktowners but it didn’t help them in the end even if they did cut corners by not completing each rep as prescribed. Our Ktowners had better form and more stamina than most of the other bigger and more cut competitors and it showed up in the end. Even thou Ktown is younger by several years from many of the other Xfit gyms in the competition, we showed up well. I am proud of every one of our Ktown competitors and we will do even better next year.

  3. James October 14, 2009 at 5:31 am

    All I have to say is excellent post!

  4. Kerr October 14, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I would also venture to say that Coach C-Bo was likely the only “sexiest bartender” at the games, FWIW.

  5. Brandon October 14, 2009 at 6:29 am

    More cut than the Ktowners, Larry?

    Have you seen my abs lately? They’re like 20-pack.

  6. LarryS October 14, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Overall by next year’s competition, I expect the Ktown competitors to be in much better shape than they were this year. And that means a 24-pack for you!

  7. Ben October 14, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Nice work Doug!

  8. crossfitktown October 14, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Great post, Doug.


  9. Coach CBO October 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Love it Doug….thanks for the props!!!!

  10. crossfitktown October 14, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Let me add my two cents and say good stuff Doug, hopefully our next guest post can live up to the high standard you have set.
    -Miss J

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