We’ve all done it. “Ugh, that looks terrible! I’ll just go later this week.” “Front Squats AGAIN?!” “Oh darn I forgot to set my alarm on Fran day.” or “My dog ate my Inov-8s.” Whatever the excuse is, we’ve all cherry picked our workouts. Maybe it’s due to an injury or just an injured ego, but some parts of CrossFit can impart fear and anxiety in all of us. The beauty of CrossFit lies in its inclusiveness of all aspects of fitness. Just like you wouldn’t be able to run away from a bad client at work, or a bad hair day, you cannot run away from a bad WOD. In order to improve we all need to work on what scares us. Whether it is a movement, a certain time domain, or one of the “girls,” you can only get better by conquering your fear. If you’re afraid of it, chances are someone has been in your place and will be more than willing to help you through it, whether it be a coach or a fellow athlete.
I’ve heard many solutions to the cherry picking dilemma such as “I just won’t read the blog!” which usually leads to a desperate 3am lunge to the computer to finally quell curiosity. Another “solution” is to try and sub whatever movement you don’t like in the WOD…genius, right? Except that it probably has a success rate of about 0.01%. The best solution I’ve heard? Brave the WOD, swallow the sour cherry, learn from the experience, and grow because of it. Remember, there’s an entire community here to help you get through it.
March 22, 2012
Strength: Hang Power Clean 3-3-3-3-3
15 Kettlbell Swings (32kg/24kg)
10 Hand Release Push-ups
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