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A Big Epiphany That Helped Me Improve In CrossFit

Introduction to CrossFit

  • I first saw people doing CrossFit while I was in the military in 2008.  In fact, I even did a CrossFit workout with a bunch of fighter pilots during a short deployment to the Philippines in 2008 without realizing it.  (I thought it was the dumbest shit I have ever seen in 2008…..oops)
  • I started doing CrossFit casually in 2010, and it became my primary form of exercise mid 2011.
  • I started coaching CrossFit in October 2012.

My Big Epiphany

Video link to me doing 12.4 in 2012
  • In CrossFit, the goal is work output.
  • If you have better form, mobility, endurance, etc. it will show up in your ability to do more work.
  • If two people are running a mile, the person who finishes faster has a higher average work output.  You get the point.
  • It never occurred to me that I can deliberately go slower or rest before I had to until about July of 2011.  It wasn’t until July of 2012 when I had the mental discipline to do it consistently.
  • It took a year because it takes time to be conscious and aware of how your body responds to different movements to even know what proper pacing is.
  • It’s hard to break into multiple sets when you know you can do it unbroken.
  • It’s just as hard to go slower than the person next to you when you know you can go faster 🙂
  • Even now in 2017, I still see so many experienced CrossFit athletes pace incorrectly.  They can get so much more out of their workout if they just got and practiced this simple concept.
  • In a nutshell, good pacing means you went as fast as you can without hitting the wall until the last ~30 seconds of the workout.
  • Understanding this concept does not mean you can effectively practice it.  It takes time and discipline to build this mental awareness and muscle.
  • My performance improved at least 20% overall after I implemented this.  Don’t leave that on the table!

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Kuang
Kuang

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