When I started CrossFit about five and a half years ago, I was pretty proud of myself. I could run fast, box jump like a champ, swing a decent size kettle bell and push press really well. I thought it was hard but I thought I was good. And then……..Overhead Squats entered my life…….
Suddenly all the wind was knocked out of my sails. I was deflated and extremely humbled. I found my weakness and it brought me to my knees (literally – I ALWAYS fell!) I remember putting the bar over my head and thinking I had it EASY! Yeah…OK! The bar fell forward, I fell forward and life at CrossFit got very frustrating. I tried again but this time, the bar stayed over my head. The squat was completely forward and my arms were totally bent but that bar stayed up because that’s all that mattered, right? WRONG!
Looking back now…I was stupid! I’m lucky I didn’t hurt myself!
So, I committed myself to “becoming one” with the Overhead Squat. I worked so hard at it. I asked coaches, I watched athletes and I practiced with a bare bar. I became obsessed. So obsessed that I would put them in every warm-up, I would practice at home with a broom! Finally, after a lot of frustration, something clicked. It took a few months and a lot of work (and a pair of OLY shoes) but I did it. I became one with my OHS!
Now, I look so forward to any WOD with OHS. I can’t wait for that challenge of stacking on the weight to see just how far I can go. Remembering how tough it was and how aggriavated I was makes me feel now like I’ve won.
Moral of my story is this…. we ALL have that movement. The one that we say we’ll work on another day but when “another day” comes, we brush it off to the next and the next. I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t have any other movements that I need work on but brush it off. It’s no miracle that my rest days are usually on days with Thrusters! But in the end, it’s not going to be any surprise when I fail at them if I don’t work on them. Same goes for everyone!
We want you to be successful in all that you do at MCCF. We want you to understand the importance of working on these movements that haunt you and not shy away! So why don’t we all pick “that movement” and put 3 rounds of 5 in our warm up every day for a month. Talk to a coach, ask a friend, get someone to watch you and help you out.
Ok, let’s get busy and hold ourselves accountable. Comment on this post and let us know what your weakness is so we can, as a group, get you better and start rockin’ it! I’ll start…..
Elayne – Thrusters