Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working out with a great athlete named Peter. Peter not only posted the fasted time on the WoD (Workout of the Day), but he then went on to post some pretty incredible strength numbers in the strict press (215lbs for 3 reps!) Throughout it all though, Peter was concerned about his "goats," those movements and exercise elements he had the most trouble with. He asked me questions about his squat form, shoulder mobility for the snatch, and even alternative grips for muscle-ups (at 6'4" and 265lbs, I'm shocked that Peter is doing muscle-ups!) CrossFitters differ from other athletes in that we are trying to maximize our fitness over broad time and modal domains. In other words, we don't specialize in one thing, but rather try to become generalists who are good at many things. Specialists tend to work on what they are best at and maximize that one skill, sometimes to the detriment of other skills. While a 1000lb. squat is extremely impressive to me, that athlete isn't going to be running a mile anytime soon.
Don't look for excuses to skip a workout just because it has movements you aren't good at. Focus on your goats and you'll become a better overall athlete!
Post by Zareh.