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The Importance of Respecting the CrossFit Process
September 19, 2016
By Mike Tromello
Today you can find two types of CrossFit. One is that awesome exercise routine we all fell in love with that consists of functional movements done at high intensity for the betterment of our health. The other is the sport of CrossFit. Just like what you see on ESPN, CrossFit the sport continues to grow every day.
With this growth in popularity, more athletes are coming into the mix and wanting to compete at high levels. They arise from all walks of life, ranging from the former college football player to the ultra-marathon runner, and they all have one thing in common - they lack patience.
These athletes feel that because they found success in their former endeavors, they will automatically find success in CrossFit. They are wrong. Yes, the potential for success is there, and as coaches we all drool over what can be for certain people. But there is a process to getting better. For example, you cannot just pick up a baseball and in one year become a pitcher for the Major League. Talent can only take you so far. Just like anything else, you have to develop the little things first. Then, with a little bit of luck and tons of determination, you just might accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.
Respect the Process
As a strength and conditioning coach, I make one thing clear to my athletes: you have to respect the process. There is a progression for everything, and if true results are going to be achieved, then hard work and dedication are required. In the gymnastics of CrossFit, you must have the strict movements down first. A stable base and lots of core stability must be developed before higher-skilled movements can be performed. If this is not developed, catastrophic injuries can occur, yet I’ve witnessed athletes try movements well beyond their means anyway.
Sometimes doing a movement improperly over and over again is not intelligent because, well, you just can't do it. Athletes sometimes just need to go back to the drawing board in order to develop that movement. This can mean additional months of strength and skill development, but people hate doing that. They want a coach to find a quicker solution. I hate to break it to you, but sometimes there are no magic coaching words or adjustments that are going to make you better. Why? Because you just can't do it. You are not strong enough or technically proficient, at least for now. It is important to understand that although you have the potential, there is a learning curve to anything.