Ralph considered himself a reluctant crossfitter – constantly doubting if he could finish a WOD. He recalls his first bootcamp session - lots of wallballs, box jumps and running. He could barely move his arms and legs after the workout and felt sore for two days. “It was very agonizing”, said Ralph Meris, a Currency Forecaster at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and a pioneering member – athletes of Primal Ape CrossFit.
These days, it’s a different story for Ralph, who just turned 30. Following months of regularly attending gymnastics, Iron Mike’s Barbell Club and regular WODs (Workouts of the Day), Ralph has emerged faster, stronger and in total control of his body’s movements. Under the mentorship of Coach Zoe, Ralph unlocked skills like handstand push ups, butterfly pull ups, double unders, pistol squats, and rope climbs. “I am amazed to discover what my body can do. I can clean and jerk more than my body weight”, he claimed.
Coach Zoe has been instrumental in improving Ralph’s mobility and in learning new skills. Having a coach who provides real time and constructive feedbacks made his training easier and more open for improvements. “Coach Zoe is amazing. She is able to breakdown the movements and identify the areas I need to work on”, he said.
At Primal Ape, coaches monitor their athletes thru the Coach - Athlete Mentoring Program. They asked their athletes to set goals and help them achieve it by giving different set of drills for each athlete they mentor. They use the Beyond the Whiteboard App to track and record their progress and to analyze the GPP (General Physical Preparedness ) of every athlete.
by Cj Lampad