CrossFit… It’s a Process
I’ve had lots of people, from CrossFit athletes to common gym goers ask me to teach them how to do a muscle up. I try not to stare blankly, but where do I start? Rings or bar? Strict or kipping? How’s your kip? How many strict pull ups can you do? Can you do a ring dip? Regular dip? The question becomes not where do I start, but where can I start? Simply put, the beginning is always easiest and the best.
Every person that starts CrossFit has a different athletic base as well as athletic potential, something that isn’t always obvious from the beginning. To be honest it really shouldn’t matter where someone is in their athletic development because everyone should start at the beginning, everyone should start with the basics. If you build a house on a terrible foundation, no matter how strong that house is, eventually it will fall apart and crumble. The same can be said about CrossFit; even the strongest athletes should focus on the basics. Even the most skilled and seasoned CrossFit athletes should work on the basics of squatting, pressing, and pulling, and all of the best ones are doing just that. And if the best athletes in the world are focusing on the basics, why wouldn’t everyone developing their fitness do the same?
This brings me to the point of this post; CrossFit is a process… a LONG process. The emphasis for all athletes should be on the basics, starting there and then slowly building other skills. Keep focusing on those basics by continuously revisiting, reworking, tweaking and evolving; then slowly build on little pieces of the fitness arsenal. Be patient and wait for your body to be ready for more advanced movement, but don’t lose focus or proficiency on the foundation (the basics). For some of us it will take longer to get there, but achieving your goals will be even sweeter when the hard work that you put in every day ends up paying off.
I find that most people who are ready to work on the more advanced movements accidentally find themselves there. They are patient in the process and eventually the little pieces fit together and allow for that more advanced movement to just flow, as if it were a natural next step. There is no rush. There is no finish line. We find our satisfaction in the little successes along the way and enjoy the achievements of goals, if only momentarily, before we raise our own bar and push ourselves for more.
Be patient, fall in love with the process, and never be satisfied. Every day we get a little bit better, and that’s the best part of this process.