Work your weakness!

One of the greatest things about CrossFit is its ability to expose and force you to work weaknesses. How many of us enjoy running? Not many including myself, but I do it. I run because it is a huge weakness of mine. I run because CrossFit programming places running, sprinting, and jogging in all of the workouts and forces you to become better at it. I run because I want to be a better athlete overall. Whatever that weakness is, CrossFit will expose it. It is up to you as an athlete to recognize your weakness and to make a conscious effort to take on that challenge and become better. Running is just one example of the many skills some do not like. 


We often joke in class that members do not show up on running days. While I hope this is not true, I know this happens in boxes all over.  We all have skills we excel at and skills we are not quite as good at.  The athletes who miss these days purposely are the athletes that most likely need to work on that skill the most. Not only does working on these skills make us a better athlete, that specific skill might have cardiovascular benefits, strength benefits, stability benefits, or any number of benefits that might not be achieved if we continually avoid them. 


A lot of us experienced this first hand this past weekend at our 3rd In-House Competition. Everyone coming into each event with no knowledge of what was in store for them and little time to prepare and come up with a game plan. The 3 events were fast paced and took people out of their comfort zone, facing some of their own weaknesses. Working weaknesses is why CrossFit Athletes are some of the most diverse and well rounded athletes in the world. These particular skills all transfer to everyday life. When we avoid certain aspects of fitness we become specialized and we do not adapted to anything that comes at us. CrossFit specializes in not specializing. Next time you see that skill you do not like or care for, register for that class first. Embrace it, and make it your best skill. You do not have to like it but become proficient at it. 

Derek Nelson