One of the things I get asked all the time during intros, is if I think someone is in good enough shape to do CrossFit. The truth is that I don’t really care if you’re in good shape or not. I don’t care if you’re the strongest person in the gym or the weakest, the fastest or the slowest. It doesn’t matter to me if you’ve spent the last 15 years climbing mountains or lying on the couch.
All that matters to me is how badly you want to improve. I can help anyone improve – anyone who wants to, that is. Anyone who’s willing to put in the time and effort for it.
“I’m a demanding coach,” I say, “but all I demand is that you give me 100% of what you have.”
Not strong enough to get the wallball all the way up to 10 feet yet? I don’t care, as long as you’re trying to get it a quarter of an inch higher on THIS rep than wherever it went on the last rep.
Can’t get your body into position for a front squat? That’s fine with me, as long as your elbows and chest are shaking from trying to get 1mm closer to parallel than you currently are.
Can’t keep your knees pushed out when you’re squatting? (This applies to damn near everyone in the gym, btw.) No problem, but I want to see the strain on your face and the sweat pouring off your brow as you try to force them apart to keep them in position.
If you give that effort every time you come in on every movement you haven’t completely mastered yet, it won’t be long before people are watching you to see how it’s supposed to be done.
You don’t have to be great to work hard, but you do have to work hard to be great.
Guest post from Tai (CrossFit Montgomery County)