Patience with Technical Movements

Feb 28, 2019 | Performance Blog

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WHY PATIENCE IS KEY

When it comes to the technical movements in CrossFit, it’s important to be patient. Far too often we forget how challenging these movements are because someone in class has a better grasp of them. Whether it be Snatches or Butterfly Pull-ups, these movements are extremely technical. It’s very easy to forget that when you are in a group class and you see Jimmy or Beth snatching their bodyweight. What you don’t see is the countless hours that they have put into learning that movement, or the athletic background that they have.

These movements are their own Olympic sports. However, we as CrossFitters get to practice them on a regular basis. We therefore enter a bit of a reality distortion field, where we think we should be good at these movements. In reality, the people who compete in gymnastics or Olympic weightlifting spend multiple hours a week for years mastering these movements. So, how can we be expected to master them with a fraction of the exposure? We can’t. But, we can work on becoming a bit more proficient with them and learn to do them safely.

The key is not to rush them, to be patient, keep it light, listen to your coach and to keep things in perspective.  

Don’t go heavy

As a result, CrossFit’s infinite scalability means that the question, “Is CrossFit for me?” is in fact very easy to answer if you know what you’re looking for in a workout regimen. In generealy, do you like to work hard when you’re exercising? Maybe you are someone who enjoys a community atmosphere and the guidance of a qualified coach? Maybe you’re a results driven individual when it comes to your fitness. If any of these sounds like you, then guess what? In a nutshell, CrossFit is for you. At the end of the day, CrossFit can work for everyone. Whether you are a varsity athlete or a retiree, it doesn’t matter as a CrossFit class can be adjusted and scaled to your abilities and comfort levels. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to learn new exciting gymnastics movements or just looking to get healthier, CrossFit is a great option for you. The next step is to try it out!

Slow it down

It’s easy to forgo proper technique when you’re trying to get a workout done quickly. Quite often in CrossFit you will encounter workouts that are “for time.” In a nutshell, that means that they are to be done as quickly as possible. When you are learning a new movement, there couldn’t be a worse idea. As one goes faster, and becomes more fatigued, even the best lifters will start to see their technique break down a bit. When you’re learning a complicated movement, the last thing you need to be teaching your body is how to continue to move poorly.

The solution here is to slow down the movements. Focus on the proper technique and work on becoming more proficient with the movement. Consider this more practice, and as you get better, you can start speeding up the repetitions.

make sure you always maintain perspective

Perhaps the most important thing to maintain is perspective. At the end of the day, we as CrossFitters are often working on complicated movements. These are movements that, in some cases, are performed at the Olympic level. Let that sink in. You wouldn’t start rock climbing and get frustrated that you couldn’t climb something like El Capitan in this video.

The same should apply to the various technical movements within CrossFit. Alternatively, CrossFit for many of us is an active hobby, which means the fanatical level of work that goes into mastering anything, isn’t usually high on our priority lists. And that’s okay! It just means that we need to cut ourselves some slack when we’re trying to practice handstand walks once every 2 weeks for about 10 minutes. It takes time to learn anything, especially when you only get to spend a little bit of time practicing it.

Remember to have fun

So, at the end of the day, when it comes to all of the complicated movements that we learn as part of CrossFit, it’s important to be patient. Enjoy the process, embrace the challenge and above all else, have fun with it.
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