Today's mental toughness focus is on virtuosity. Virtuosity is doing the common uncommonly well.
When Greg Glassman created CrossFit he challenged us to:
1. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean,squat, presses, C&J, and snatch.
2. Master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.
3. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.
Coach Glassman also challenged us to obtain virtousity in our movements. Just recently he gave a talk to Level 1 CrossFit Coaches and told them to help their clients master the basics, and once we've done that, to go back and master them anew. Yes, go back and master them anew. Obtain virtuosity by doing the common uncommonly well. Practice, practice, practice
Mastering the basics takes mental toughness. It's easy to be allured by something new, something novel. But, chasing the next level without mastering the current one is a fool's move. In fact, Coach Glassman addressed this very topic in a letter to CrossFit trainers. He wrote:
"The urge to quickly move away from the basics and toward advanced movements arises out of the natural desire to entertain your client and impress him with your skills and knowledge. But make no mistake: it is a sucker’s move. Teaching a snatch where there is not yet an overhead squat, teaching an overhead squat where there is not yet an air squat, is a colossal mistake. This rush to advancement increases the chance of injury, delays advancement and progress, and blunts the client’s rate of return on his efforts. In short, it retards his fitness."
I want your fitness to improve. If you seek to master the basics it will. If you seek virtuosity in everything we do and it will. Good luck!
Today, we are doing final 2017 CrossFit Games Age Group Online Qualifier workout. These are the workouts that the top 200 teens and masters from the CrossFit Games Open must complete in order to qualify for the CrossFit Games. After completing the 4 workouts, the top 20 in each age division are invited to compete at the Games this summer.
We have been using the 55-59 Age Standards as our Prescribed standard all week long.
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