When You Can’t Do The Thing

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When You Can’t Do The Thing

I love the Open…

I think we can all agree it makes us have a go at a lot of new things.

But what about when you can’t do the thing?

It can be a bummer. Totally. But it’s not that you CAN’T do the thing, you just maybe can’t do it YET. You haven’t yet learnt that skill. That’s cool. Frustrating, but cool.

Having goals and things to strive for is the reason CrossFit will push you forever. No one ever “finishes” CrossFit. It’s also the reason people rarely move on from CrossFit once they’re hooked – you’re never done! The new challenges come in just as hot as your successes.

It’s important that we take a minute to appreciate progress. One of my least favourite conversations goes like this:

Coach / Friend: “OMG you did a (insert any movement they have never done before)!!!”

Amazing, successful member: “Well it was only one, I can’t link them together / lift one million / some other ridiculous skill that is far more advanced than the one I just achieved”

Sometimes it’s a knee-jerk reaction to compliments and we panic and look for ways out – but stop yourself and at least enjoy a quick “heck yeah” moment about the success you have today, that you didn’t have yesterday.

So, what if we REALLY can’t do the thing? What if we’re actually trying really hard to get pullups / handstands / a new PR (personal record) and it’s just not happening for us?

Ask for help!

In this situation we generally require one of two things: usually; new techniques and drills to practice. After that; patience.

What you’re doing now obviously isn’t working, at least not as fast and effectively as you want it to. So ask for help. Your coaches want to see you succeed and we hate seeing you throw your heart and soul into something with a low level understanding of what you’re actually doing or how to achieve that thing and wasting your efforts.

Maybe all you need is a couple quick tips, maybe it’s more like a couple one-on-one sessions to drill through your roadblocks. Maybe its a quick extras program to knuckle down on those pesky movements that need practice.

My point is, don’t just shoot in the dark, frustrated, working hard but ill equipped and hoping for the best. Ask us. If you’re willing to work for it, we’ll have the answers.

Once you know you have the right tools, patience is still necessary. A lot of what we learn in CrossFit is SKILLS. Fitness, strength, other aspects of fitness increase steadily with any range of practice. Skills on the other hand need specific drills and HOURS of your life. Just because you know what you’re supposed to do, doesn’t mean your body is gonna play ball right away. It all takes time.

A few examples of how long things can take to make you feel human:

I have had more than one client take an entire year of specific training to get their first pullup. And I’m talking week after week, pullup training. No giving up.

It took me a whole year to get double-unders.

It took Beth 4.5 years of CrossFit to get 1 ring muscle up.

It took another client of mine 18 months of very regimented dieting and training to lose 30 lbs.

The glory of CrossFit is that you always PR – in tiny ways and big ways. Some of them just turn up and you’re like “eh, I can only do one”.  Some people work for 2 years and shed a damn tear when it finally happens. Sometimes the PR is packing your lunch. Appreciate those ones. And then appreciate the process on the tough ones because they are gonna be SO sweet when that PR comes.

Ask for help. Get the right tools first. Then be patient and be consistent. There is nothing worse than getting frustrated and giving up. Keep at it!

Email a coach if you need help, we are here to help – and we want to see you succeed.  That’s why we got into this in the first place.

Seeing your eyes light up when you accomplish something you never thought possible is the most rewarding part of our work!

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