16 thoughts on “04 07 14

  • 04 06 2014 at 9:21 pm

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  • 04 07 2014 at 11:43 am

    CrossFit is hard, even sometimes miserable. But most of the time the challenge is fun, it’s strengthens the soul at least as much as the body. We are here because we can’t do this on our own.

    But I also know that I come to be instructed. I come to be aided to strengthen that body and mind. I don’t know better than the programmer, and I don’t want to. Even if I did, the programming is to round us out, make us better through the wonders of a system that we all know works. A lot goes into that planning, and I feel it should be respected.

    That said, I don’t cherrypick. I come on the days I schedule myself to come in, and if there is a movement that I can’t do because of soreness or injury, I let the coach know, and we get past it. I can’t imagine I would have nearly the successes I have had if I didn’t play my part in this, and show up for the programming that Lei works very hard to customize for us.

    Yup, because of this choice I can spend a week or more being sore in the same spots, not feeling like I’m making the gains it seems I should, or not feeling like even a remotely capable athlete. But then I turn around not a day or two later and I get my first pistol, finish a WOD of 84 reps of something so heavy I didn’t imagine I could do ONE of, or get my first muscle up easily enough it surprised the S out of me.

    Surely there are many reasons to come to CrossFit, but mine is to become better, stronger, fitter and healthier. I trust Lei and the coaching team to get me there. I’m 3 weeks from a year of this, and they have never once let me down.

    • 04 07 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I cherry pick against bench press. Other than that whether I show up for a class is completely determined by my sleep quality and whether I’m in town.

      • 04 07 2014 at 11:01 pm

        Why you hate?

    • 04 07 2014 at 12:21 pm

      What Greg said…

      I do check the WOD beforehand to know what to wear (i.e., fitted shirt for up-side-down movements so I don’t show the belly), but I otherwise force myself not to cherry-pick. If I can make it in then I make it in. There are WAY too many other forces trying to prevent me from attending a class that I don’t need to add any more. Plus, if I was to avoid a class because it was “hard”, then I would never come in at all!! 😉

    • 04 07 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I also agree with Greg. I generally have limited days that I can come anyway, so cherrypicking just because I don’t like something about the workout would mean I could never come 🙁 That said, I do tend to not come on days when my back is bothering me and the scheduling calls for a lot of lower body/back work.

    • 04 07 2014 at 6:47 pm

      you rock man!

  • 04 07 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Cherrypicking is a great strategy for those who are looking to build on the strengths and ignore their weaknesses. Ridiculous.

    • 04 07 2014 at 4:53 pm

      My calves are my weakness

      • 04 07 2014 at 5:03 pm

        Do calves not grow?

        • 04 07 2014 at 5:35 pm

          wasn’t me!

  • 04 07 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Cherry picking is complicated! Sometimes I plan a day off but if it is bench press day or a partner workout I go, so that’s sorta cherry picking. One thing to keep in mind is what folks’ goals are. The basic assumption is to get stronger and fitter but maybe it’s just to move and get out and get some affirmation that they can move and do things… and do them well. Maybe opting out of a difficult day is a way to take care of themselves in the best way they know how. I can’t judge. When someone misses a counseling appointment it is easy to think that they are avoiding progress but it is helpful for me to consider that maybe it was an act of self-care for them and maybe that is progress. You never know…. (and I am off my soap box)

  • 04 07 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Roger’s legs are his weakness…

    • 04 07 2014 at 8:32 pm

      oh snap!

  • 04 07 2014 at 10:54 pm

    “Cherrypicking” in this context is referring to those who make a conscious decision to not attend a workout based on the content of the workout, so Lorena, if you decide to attend on a day you were planning to take off, this doesn’t really apply.

    I think Greg and Anmar hit the nail on the head in terms of our training philosophy around “cherrypicking”, and I’ll add in some comments as I echo their sentiments.

    Our methodology emphasizes that we have more to gain as athletes by improving a weakness than improving a strength. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t like working on their weaknesses because it may not be the most gratifying thing in the world to work with loads or movements which you might not be too proud of (and there might be some fear of being viewed as “weak”).

    It takes a certain amount of confidence in your training and a lack of an ego to recognize that
    A) you aren’t good at something but
    B) you want to get better at something and
    C) the only way to fix A is to work on it and
    D) our community does not care if you suck at something. We will however, care if you don’t put forth the effort.

    From a training perspective, if you dread working on your weaknesses, the workouts you want to “Cherrypick” the most are the ones that you need the most

    For those of you who have smashed your own ego enough to carry a humble approach and actually enjoy working on your weaknesses – congratulations! You’re beyond the “Cherrypicking” and can begin to reap the rewards of your training attitude – RESULTS!

    • 04 07 2014 at 11:33 pm

      Yay results!!!
      A. 95#
      B. check
      C. Almost 3 rnds (so 2+18) with 70#
      Yup, pretty happy with the effort today. 😉

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