CrossFit Gives You Infinite Things to Suck At, But…    August 27 2013

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“Helen”
Three rounds for time:
Run 400 meters
1 1/2 pood Kettlebell X 21 swings (or 55 pound dumbbell swing)
12 Pull-ups

Footwork and rope climbs - a must.

Footwork and rope climbs – a must.

CrossFit Gives You Infinite Things to Suck At, But…

A recent discussion with a friend reminded me that, for most athletes, we focus on the skills, exercises, and capacities we’re not good at.  We take it one step further and compare our ability in each area to the single BEST thing that each athlete in our circle excels at and compare ourselves to their single best element.

Think of doing this in another arena: Compare yourself to the best quality or single best life achievement of every person you know.  That would be a quick way to feel pretty crappy about what you’ve accomplished!  So why do we do it with CrossFit movements?

Do thoughts like this go through your head? – Her front squat is WAY better than mine.  He can do more double unders than I’ll ever be able to do.  She did ALL 21 handstand push-ups in a row!  How does he front squat so much!?

The same folks that we anchor our progress think the same thing, but for other movements.  The girl who we say, “her front squat is WAY better than mine”, is dying for a muscle-up.  The guy who can do double-unders forever, just can’t figure out why his overhead squat isn’t heavier.

What we don’t realize is that we each anchor our strengths and weaknesses using the best person at the shop, or the best person we work out with each day for EACH INDIVDIUAL MOVEMENT.

What’s more, is that when we’re the best at something, we don’t take a moment to stop and be PROUD of that fact.

So what’s the point of this post?

CrossFit is competitive by design and we all would be less accomplished athletes without that element in our training; however, it’s also important to remember that you’re the best or excel at some things in CrossFit more than others.  Celebrate that when it’s your day to shine.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/erica.lanier1 Erica Lanier

    What a great blog! Thanks for this.

  • Trevor

    Great post Nicole. Not sure I excel at anything but agree that it is cool to watch others who do, and learn from them. Also would add that those “excelling” athletes at Roots are more than happy to offer (if asked) a tip to help along the way. Great community. Now if I could just figure out the muscle-up!