Monday, October 2

Watching the CrossFit Games or top athlete's on Instagram can be deceiving. They make everything look easy. Even in our gym, some people make things look easy, and we all have those thoughts of "I should be able to do that."

But the reality is that we don't see the years of training and hard work that got them to that point. We didn't see the years of strength or sports specific work that happened before CrossFit. 

And then we get down because we haven't done this or that or haven't mastered a skill we just tried for the first time a month ago. 

Be patient, enjoy the process, and the strength and skills will come.

I'm by no means an elite athlete, but there are things I can do now that I looked silly trying when I started this process. I wasn't good at anything and my lifting form was pretty bad. But it took YEARS to get to where I am now, and I still need a lot of work.

The video below is from February of 2011, almost 7 years ago. I had been doing CrossFit for a little less than a year, and my 95 pound power cleans are awful. Lots of arm pulling, not getting my elbows around and not getting my hips back to receive the bar. And my push ups stunk too. There was no point when I automatically got better, it was small changes, every day, over years. 

If you ever feel overwhelmed or frustrated, don't worry. Keep working and it will happen. Check out the video below and feel free to laugh at my form and the fact that, yes, I had hair. You'll also see Shaun in there who moved a lot better than me.


Workout for Monday, October 2
Pull Up Progressions

EMOM 16 min
Odd: 40 Double Unders + 5 Burpees
Even: 30 sec Deadlift Hold (275/185)

CrossFit 616