We all have weaknesses - something inside or outside of the box that we could stand to get a little better at. It is much easier to practice our strengths because we enjoy working on those things, but it takes some real commitment to focus on improving our weaknesses. CrossFit features a wide range of movements of varying complexity that are designed to provide a general base of fitness instead of a specific one. The result is becoming competent in many exercises rather than specializing in only a handful of them. Sometimes a workout will throw something at us that we are not adequately prepared for and our performance is noticeably affected. This can be both frustrating and discouraging but we should strive to take what we learned from a less than stellar workout and use it to improve for the future.
My relationship with the double-under has been challenging and my frustration with this exercise is well documented, but it outlines just how much work goes into bettering yourself in areas of weakness. I put off practicing double-unders for about a year before I finally realized that I would need this skill if I wanted to be a better CrossFitter. With the help of the coaches and my friends I was able to figure out the proper form and what it looked like. This movement is about control and finesse - so, I had to also work on not getting mad when I failed. I decided to spend some time practicing at home or at 818 three times a week. Over time things started to fall into place and I was able to do a few consecutive reps without relying on luck. A few reps gave way to many reps and within a few weeks I was able to do them in unbroken sets of 10 or 20. It took about six weeks before I could pick up a rope and feel confident that I could do double-unders consistently. Sound off in the comments about a weakness that you conquered or are currently working on improving!
Conrad stares down his weaknesses before defeating them.
CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.2
AMRAP 10 minutes:
5 Shoulder to overhead (115/75)
10 Deadlift (115/75)
15 Box jump (24/20)
We will be running this in two separate heats so Heat 2 will judge for Heat 1 and vice versa. That way when you're done, you can submit your score to the CrossFit Games website and see how you rank up against everyone else who's competing! Even if you're not participating in the Open, come to class anyway to do this workout with everyone else!
Posted by Commish