The great thing I love about CrossFit is anyone can do it! You don't have to be able to dunk a basketball, Deadlift 500lbs, and be blessed with a HIGH level of God given talent to do well with CrossFit. CrossFit gives anyone the ability to improve and continue to get better no matter who they are. We know the CrossFit 10 general physical characteristics. I found an awesome list of 10 Mental Characteristics posted by G from Paradiso CrossFit. We take a very similar approach here at CrossFit 818. By continuing to work your Mental Skills you will ensure your physical skills will always continue to improve right along together.
10 Mental Skills
1) Reading comprehension
If something is written on the whiteboard that you aren't sure of, please just ask. "5 rounds for time" means just that, nothing more, nothing less, unless you are scaling. Workouts are much easier to complete if you understand what you are reading. "AMRAP", "every minute on the minute", "partition reps as needed", this is some common crossfit vernacular you should understand. Reading comprehension will get you far in life.
2) Math computation
Quick, how many reps does 21-15-9 equal? Ok, so you CAN count! Seems that during a workout this skill tends to get neglected. If you have trouble counting, find a system that works for you. Don't cheat yourself! Mathletes rule!
3) Intellectual Curiosity
Does anyone know WHY we do the Burgener warm-up? If you're not sure, ask, look online, find out for goodness sake! There is a reason and a purpose behind everything we do! We aren't just filling time. Be that annoying kid that asks "why" all the time (not really, cuz then your attractiveness seriously plummets) Be interested in your process and you'll get so much more out of it.
4) Critical thinking/Problem solving
Only 5 GHD machines and 20 people in my class! What to do? It's pouring outside and I am not doing my handstand walks in the rain! What to do? My squat sucks and I'm supposed to do max overhead squats today??!! What?! I have to come up with my own warm-up!?? I know many of you tend to turn off the brain when you step in the gym, "I don't want to think, I just want to be told what to do". Now imagine this sentiment in your personal, work, and social lives....not super attractive right? Thinking is cool.
The first regular class can be kind of intimidating (I'm sure mine is). There are no strangers here. It's the ability to recognize and share in someone else's experience, because we've been there, that makes PCF so special. Show people the ropes if they need it, cheer them on, and commiserate with each other afterwards.
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AMRAP in 15 minutes of:
5 Power Cleans (135/95)
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
30 second handstand hold
Posted by Chris.