A Take on Expectations by Mash Mafia MN’s Andrew Eischens

Andrew Eischens is one of the amazing athletes at Undisputed Strength and Conditioning in Eagan, MN, the home of Mash Mafia Weightlifting MN. Not only is he a great athlete, but he is a real pleasure to call friend. Here is his take on “Expectations” which I quite on the money for a young athlete and coach. Enjoy!

Here is a link to their website: Undisputed Strength and Conditioning

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Let’s start from the top. This is my first ever blog post, so I have no idea if people will even relate

with it. Not worried about it so let’s hop in. We’re going to talk about CrossFit and Olympic lifting and

their very complicated relationship. There are a lot of Crossfitters who Snatch, and Clean & Jerk, actually

I’d argue that all of them do (or should) because it’s a part of CrossFit’s idea of “Constantly Varied, High

Intensity, Functional Movement” and “Increased work capacity across broad time and modal domain.”

Being a CrossFit athlete turned Olympic Weightlifter I need to clear one thing up, it’s what I call

“The Alpha Mindset.” CrossFit and Olympic Lifting breeds incredibly competitive people and that’s

perfectly fine, but where I draw the line is with the constant obsession to have to PR every time you’re

in the gym. I used to be this guy, and I became so absorbed in beating everyone’s times, weights, reps,

rounds, that I became extremely unhappy with myself when I fell short. In fact, it’s impossible. It’s

impossible to please yourself when all you can think about is everyone’s results and how you must be

better than them. It’s impossible to please yourself when all you can think about are PRs instead of

progress. THIS HAS TO STOP.

As a coach at Undisputed, I have had athletes wanting feedback after every rep, or looking

around to the nearest coach or teammate and asking “What did I do wrong?” I also see athletes

watching their video after taking one rep on any given lift. This drives coaches and the team absolutely

bonkers. We all know that you want to get better, we all do, we know your goals, and in fact we have

some of our own. So here’s the deal. Your coaches are there to coach, if they see a mistake they will tell

you and you will correct it, but until then, JUST MOVE. After performing complicated movements, like

the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, you will know what feels good and what doesn’t.

Don’t worry about PRs and just follow the program and trust the process. You’re not taking

steps backwards because light weights feel heavy, your jerk was a little shallow or you had to save your

snatch by settling into the bottom for a few seconds. In fact that’s what makes you a good lifter, it’s the

reps, getting beat down and battling to come back stronger. The perfection of these lifts comes with

time and reps; it doesn’t come from the micro-correction of the itty bitty mistakes you make when you

lift a barbell.

If you can’t settle in and enjoy the ride, you need to LEARN to. Rome wasn’t built in day and the

World Wars weren’t won in a few hours. You need to learn to have patience with yourself and stop with

the mindset of “If I don’t PR or beat this person then I am a failure.” We’re all going to miss lifts and

have bad days when nothing goes right. What separates champions from the others, is the fact that

champions trust the process, allow change, and listen to their coaches. We could all learn by talking less

and working more. In fact I believe that if we stopped asking what we’re doing wrong and focused on

what we’re doing right, then we’d have a lot less frustrated athletes and a lot more coachable


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