Coach Johnnie: This week we are chatting about working on our weaknesses. The beauty of CrossFit is that we specialize in not specializing, we try to be pretty good at everything, that means we have to work on what we are bad at, and sometimes that is not fun. The advice that Becca gives at the end of this blog is something that I did a year ago and it helped me assess where I was at and what I need to work on. We just finished Murph and maybe some of us already have goals for next year, maybe we want to be able to RX a new moment next year that we didn’t this year. Nancy completed Murph this year for the first time RX and Mark’s goal was to ware a weight vest for Murph and he crushed it! We all continue to have room to grow year after year! What will next year look like for you?
Becca P: Ok, we’ve been over this. As athletes, we love WODs that exhibit our strengths and hate the ones that showcase our weaknesses.
Fact: we’re more likely to show up if the workout includes our strengths.
Fact: we’re more likely to perform better if the workout is something we’re good at.
Lie: Avoiding weaknesses makes you a better athlete.
Maybe you don’t care about this. Maybe you’re reading this and you’re saying “I don’t know, I’m pretty content with where I am.” Fine, if you don’t want to be better, stop reading and go make a sandwich and be happy. But I better not hear you complain about how bad you are at something.
For the remaining, like-minded people who want to get better; or, if you’re new to CrossFit and haven’t even thought about this, read on:
“I train to not have a wheelhouse.”
Let that sink in. Matt Fraser, 2x Games Boss/King/Champ said that. What does it mean?
It means attacking our weaknesses so hard so that we no longer have any relative weaknesses or strengths. We’re just as strong as we are gymnasty. We’re just as excited for push ups as we are for squats. We aren’t phased when the Open workouts come out because we can do everything.
Why do this? First of all you’ll be a better athlete, duh. But I believe this goes deeper. In order to even attack your weaknesses, you must first acknowledge your weaknesses. That requires self-reflection, humility, insight, honesty with yourself and your abilities, and determination. Not all humans possess these characteristics which make you a mentally strong badass. It’s good exercise.
Stop avoiding the things that are hard. This week, I challenge you to write down your CrossFit weaknesses. Once you get them written down, select which one you want to work on most, then stay tuned….