Swim Coaches and Lifeguards

“If you don’t choose to make time for your health now, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness later.”

Health can’t be found in a doctors office.
It’s not achieved through a pill, cleanse, injection or surgery.
Health can only be procured through accountability.

Accountability is the act of taking responsibility for something, that something being your health for the purposes of this post. One cannot rely on others to solve their health problems, only to mask them. There’s a host of health experts and professionals out there who are more than willing to take your money in exchange for the hope of a quick fix, but leave you worse off than you were to begin with.

In a nation of people navigating a sea of chronic metabolic disease there are many helping hands being extended, but who exactly are those hands aiming to help?

In this sea of disease there are two main categories of help in keeping you afloat.

Swim Coaches:
Coaches (swim and otherwise) teach or instruct others. Swim coaches help you learn to swim and CrossFit coaches help you learn to become functionally independent. Neither coach will do it for you, however they will provide the guidance needed for your success. This is where accountability comes in.

A big part of accountability is consistency. Showing up day after day to learn what needs to be done, practice what has been taught and continually, gradually improve.

With a great swim coach, eventually you’ll be able to jump into a pool, a pond or an ocean and swim with confidence. Likewise, with a great CrossFit coach you’ll soon find you can pick things up without hurting your back, you can enjoy hikes and recreational activity on the weekend, getting up out of a chair is a breeze and your health markers all move toward a healthier you.

That all sounds great, however there will always be unforeseen adversity – a strong current, a challenge beyond your ability, an accident or an unfavorable diagnosis. This is where the second category of help comes in.

Lifeguards are there just in case. You don’t rely on them to help you swim, but you depend on them when for some reason you can’t. In the health world doctors are our lifeguards. We shouldn’t rely on them to keep us healthy, although most people do. Sure, they’ll keep taking your co-pay to pull you up every time your head goes under, but you’ll never learn to swim.

Showing up to the pool every day to not drown is not the same as showing up to swim.
Going through life every day staying alive is not the same as going through life living.

By no means am I saying lifeguards (AKA doctors) aren’t necessary. They’re a crucial part of our health under certain circumstances. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find a coach and take accountability for your health.

CrossFit Spur coaches help people of any ability level achieve greater health and fitness. They provide the tools necessary to ensure you stay physically independent to enjoy all life has to offer. All you have to do is show up and put in some effort.

CrossFit Spur is for anyone, but it’s not for everyone.
Anyone is welcome to show up and work hard, but not everyone is willing to do so.