Twice in one week! Another great piece by CrossFit 818 member, Edwin Belen.
Let me start with I never really understood what "check your ego at the door" really meant. If I had to guess, I thought it meant:
It wasn't until a friend of mine joined the gym and while preparing for one of his first WOD's, he told me that he would do strict pull ups. A few years earlier, he could probably do 15 strict pull ups but I'm not sure if his pull ups were up to CrossFit standard. Further, being able to do 15 strict pull ups when fresh is very different than doing that volume during a WOD, as most of us know. He had been out of shape, so I recommended a band to help; he was reluctant. It was at this point that I started to understand "check your ego." He was holding on to the past not understanding that 1. it was OK to use a band, and 2. that soon he would be back to where he was in terms of strength if he stuck to the program. What mattered was that he showed up.
How many of us have not checked our egos and may have pushed too hard? The thing to note is that our coaches are there for us. They can tell us if our form isn't quite right and we should drop down in weight. They can also tell us when we need to push a little harder.
If you've ever wondered what "check your ego" means, I think it means be happy where you are but work hard to constantly improve. What matters is that you show up, listen and be open-minded.
Squat Clean Elizabeth
squat cleans (135/95)
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