Embrace the Pain
Ever look at someone’s time and wonder, “How in the world did he/she do that WOD so fast?” No, that person does not have some superhuman ability, but rather he/she has self-imposed an expectation that is beyond rational. Successful CrossFitters live on the edge; they have the ability to push all thoughts aside and cross over into a world of pain that the individual actually embraces!
The reality, however, is that the human mind looks for ways to do the exercise in the easiest way possible. Basically, as Jon Gilson points out in his article, ‘Dedication,’ “We want the reward (speed) without the pain (sacrifice).” That may include stopping the squat above parallel, getting the chin up to, but not quite over the bar in a pull-up, or bouncing the weights off the floor in a deadlift.
The only way to become great is to suffer through the pain. Focus on technique. Spend time at the beginning of class with a PVC going through the movements correctly. Ask your coaches what you can do to improve. Do not “just go through the motions” cutting corners when you can to be the first one done with the WOD. Gilson points out, “You’ve got to embrace the pain, push the threshold, and feel the suck, and then you’ve got to muster the courage to go back…”
Jon Gilson, ‘Dedication,’ http://www.againfaster.com/articles/from-the-archives-dedication.html
– Tammy Smith
WU: Row 500m and double under practice!
- Ring Dips
- Box Jumps
- Overhead Walking Lunges
- III: M- Ring dips W – Dips, 24/22, 45/25
- II: M- Dips W- Asst Dips, 22/20, 25/15
- I: M – Asst dips W – box dips, 20, 15/7.5