Coach Leslie works on hang power cleans to fix an issue with her turnover in the clean. Even though she has qualified and will compete in the National Masters Championships in April, she knows she needs to master the basics of the clean in order to lift heavy.
All too often I see athletes race toward heavier when they have not yet mastered the basics. If it takes you 20 mins to do a workout that should take 10 then you need to scale. If your form goes to crap when you're lifting heavy, then you should go lighter. If you spend more time looking at bar than lifting the bar, you need to take weight off the bar.
It takes mental strength to see and acknowledge our weaknesses. It takes character to be willing to put in the work. It takes humility to admit you have some technique flaws and it takes strength to be willing to work on those flaws.
CrossFit is the SPORT of fitness. This means we are learning new skills and techniques all the time. It also means you can spend your entire CrossFit career honing and developing those skills and techniques. In fact, the better you move, the better your skills, the better your technique, the better fitness development you will have. Rushing into weights, volume, distances, before you're ready will retard your rate of improvement. It will blunt the adaptation to the training. In short, you will not get as fit as FAST as you could if you RUSH into something you're not ready for.
Imagine that, to get fitter faster you need to be smoother, better, and develop your skills and technique. Just because you CAN go heavy, longer, or further doesn't mean you always SHOULD. Sometimes going lighter or shorter can make you go FASTER. Faster is aim of the sport of fitness. Remember the CrossFit progression: Mechanics, Consistency, then Intensity. Are you strong enough to master the basics?
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