After years of CrossFit both as an athlete and a coach I have seen and witnessed many different people doing a variety of movements. Some people start CrossFit after years of physical movement, perhaps years of sport or prior lifting experience and many times those who have no weightlifting experience in their entire life.
Through all of this experience, we are always focusing on the basics at Ardent. I swear I’ve probably told everyone at some point, “With proper mechanics and proper movement comes weight.” In other words, if you can move a PVC pipe or empty barbell with good mechanics, then we can look at adding weight. Or, before adding weight, we must be able to make a PVC pipe look perfect.
I heard a great analogy the other day while listening to a podcast. It said, “If you have a really fast and powerful motor and you put it into a broken down car you can only drive it so hard until things will break down. Conversely, if you put that same high powered engine in a finely tuned automobile it will run fast, hard and efficiently for a very long time.”
Bottom line, someone who has good technique is set up to move more weight and if someone moves well they are less inclined to hurt themselves or sustain any long term injuries. So, focus on what is important. Your movement is more critical to your progress as an athlete than what your neighbor is lifting. While we are in a group setting it is so much more to focus on your own personal journey and movement than anyone else around you.
Focus on quality first. Do not be overly performance driven but focus on what is important…perfect movement.
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
6 Strict Handstand Push-ups
9 Deadlifts (225/155)
30 Double Unders