It’s amazing how much something as simple as time can effect our lives. Some of the more obvious are wishing for more time in the day, or wanting time to slow down during those much needed days off of work. Then there’s time in the world of Crossfit. Crossfit absolutely gave me a new appreciation for time. From making sure that you’re at class early, to perfectly timing and coordinating your lifts to get the movement down just right (lets not forget the time cap of course), time is a pretty big deal. That in mind, here are two important things I have learned since starting Crossfit.
1. Form is everything. Of course this is what every coach has been telling us from day 1, but this is absolutely a learned behavior. Really folks, you can have poor form on lifts and still be able to lift a ton of weight and fly through WODs, but eventually you will hit a wall and will not be able to progress through your lifts as you would like. Unfortunately there is only one solution to this problem, drop in weight and fix your form. This will take TIME. Absolutely no shame in having to do this. I, myself, am guilty as charged and have had to do this a few times. I’m sure I will have to do this again too. No athlete wants to have to scale back down but, not only is it important for your own health and safety, over time you will develop habits to help achieve those heavier lifts. Even people like Rich Froning Jr. and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, who both of course make everything look ridiculously easy, work on their form constantly. Just about every athlete will have to do this at some point in their careers. There will always be an unspeakable amount of respect for those who work on this.
2. Remember to be patient with your progress. Once you’re past the Crossfit honeymoon phase, this easily has to be one of the hardest things to deal with. You see people coming off of on-ramp with big numbers on their lifts, a friend who seems like they’re constantly getting PR’s, maybe even there’s a movement you’ve been chasing and you’re very close to reaching your goal but haven’t. Regardless of what it is, it’s important to not get frustrated and remain patient. Letting our frustrations take over gets us no where. Give your Crossfit progression TIME to develop. Every person is different and we all seem to get different things faster than others. Don’t give up simply because it’s taking you what seems like 4,000 times as long as everyone else to get a movement down. Work hard at it, keep a level head, and with a little patience you can achieve anything you put your heart towards.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi