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
- 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!
Until next time,