Put in the Time
Although I don’t consider myself even close to being a great CrossFit athlete, I have been doing this for quite some time and my skill level is now at the point where I can comfortably say I’m above average.
From time to time people will see some of my numbers or watch me at a local competition and I will inevitably be asked some form of the question “how do you do that?”
My not so serious answer is typically “very carefully”, but the truth of the matter is, I’ve put in the time.
The most simple way to put it is that CrossFit is just like any other sport, profession, hobby, skill, etc. It takes hours and hours and hours of dedication to get just a little better, let alone, be the best.
There are those that are naturally more gifted at any given thing, but at the end of the day the only way to improve is to dedicate yourself to the process and put in the time.
If you were to spend a week with the best CrossFitters like Rich Froning, Ben Smith or Tommy Hackenbruck you’d notice the same thing about all of them, they spend A LOT of time in the gym. And when I say A LOT, I mean it, we’re talking 2, 3 or 4 hours a day at least and nearly 360+ days a year.
What I’m getting at here is that sometimes we all need a bit of a reality check. Sometimes we need to stop and realize that it might look easy because these guys are soooooo good, but they have dedicated themselves to this sport and they are professional athletes.
Patience is a virtue and a lot of the things that we do in CrossFit are difficult. Remember that just because some skills come easily and you seem to adapt well, they’re not all going to be like that.
We all need to take a step back, figure out what we’re doing wrong and why the specific movement is not clicking, approach the new skill with a positive attitude and an open mind, put in the time (practice), and come out the other side having accomplished the task at hand with our head held high.
It is only with time and dedication that you can master each skill, add it to your bag of tricks and move on to the next one or the more difficult version.
We have a skill of the month for all our members, but I challenge each of you to pick an additional skill you need to work on and spend 5 minutes after class every day working on it while the next class warms up. You won’t regret it.
What’s a skill that you’ve found frustrating and can’t quite seem to figure out? What’s your plan to master it? Comment below.