I talk a lot about coach-ability. That is huge in my book. Two other qualities I very much value are self awareness and work ethic. Lots of people use their limitations as excuses. Others recognize their challenges and have the humility to face them head on and put in the extra work required to overcome them.
Colin is one of those guys who exemplifies the latter. From the start, Colin struggled with some mobility challenges. Shortly after beginning his training with us, he injured his ankle playing soccer. That set him back even more. Regardless, Colin has come back and has been working harder than ever.
One of the great things about Colin is he has no ego to deal with. Some guys get offended and lack patience when you take weight away from them because their mobility inhibits them from moving a weight with good position. I have had Colin in tough positions with an empty barbell fighting for mere millimeters to improve his mechanics, without any complaint. I love that he’s not looking for the shortcut approach. Longevity is everything.
Colin is also one of the few people who stays behind after class to work on extra things to accelerate his progress. It’s that work ethic that is going to take him far.
Please join me in recognizing and honoring CrossFit Stronghold’s March 2016 Athlete of the Month: Colin Olsen.