No one comes into CrossFit and is naturally good at everything. The big guys are strong but can’t run. The little guys can crank out pull-ups straight away but can’t clean and jerk heavy weight. Some members start and everything hurts, problems start to arise that they never realised they had. This is why the first word here is patience. If you are not patient with your body you will never get stronger, faster, or fix your imbalances.
After the first month or two new CrossFitters will start to notice a huge amount of progress. Weights start increasing at a fast rate, some faster than others. The same goes for your fitness levels. That’s when we see people getting excited and start trying to go black zone (Rx) in the workouts.
Once all of the movements are mastered and you have built the strength to train with the prescribed weights, you are ready to persevere. Each time you are striving for better times and greater efficiency through all the movements.
Whether it be here at Innerfight during testing week, or at a local competition, or in the open or at regional level, the final stage is performance. Once you have built upon all 3 elements (strength, power and endurance) it is time to put on your game face and perform for others to see. You will never work as hard on your own as you will in a competitive group setting. The truth is even if you finish last you are pushing yourself harder than you ever have before.
Whether you are wanting to start CrossFit, or wanting to compete at some stage. These four key stages should help you.
Trust the process and have lots of fun.
By: Matt Jones, Performance Coach