I get it. Your athlete just started CrossFit and they want to get their first muscle-up. Some have been doing CrossFit for years now and don’t like where they are at in their fitness. They like to work on their strengths after class. More heavy back squats, more heavy deadlifts and more of what they like to do. Their previous Coaches have let them do what they want. They have let them put in more time on their strengths and hoped their weaknesses in their fitness could somehow prevail.
But I know you care. I know you want them to be successful in their fitness, but I need you to take a strong look at yourself in the mirror and be willing to put in the work and have a conversation on what needs to be done to get them better. They need you. They need to really focus on the macro in fitness. They need to stop worrying about what other people are lifting, how fast they are going and how far ahead other members are in the workout.
I need to you to tell them to stop attempting bar muscle-ups after class when they barely know how to properly kip in a pull-up. They need you to tell them to stop back squatting after every class when their handstand push-up needs work. They need you to teach them how to properly perform knees-to-elbow so they don’t build bad habits when they start toes-to-bar. They need you to do these things because you care about their fitness. You want them to be the fittest they can be. But they need you to tell them to stop focusing so much on the things they are already good at.
They don’t need to neglect these things, but they need to be open-minded enough to work on the things that are holding them back from crushing the CrossFit Open workouts or from constantly scaling. They need you to tell them to continue to enjoy fitness, but you also want to challenge them to be the best version of themselves they can be. They need you to tell them to stop complaining about not having a certain movement, and to just put their head down and put in the work. They want you to explain to them that they need to have the humility to continue refining their movement, and spend a little bit more time on exercises they need to work on.
Whether they do fitness for fun, or for competition, you want them to be a well-rounded athlete. I know you don’t want them taking shortcuts. There is no magic pill, or magic potion that makes them fitter. It’s hard work, and quality time spent in the gym.
You already know why Regional and Games athletes are those types of athletes. They are these types of athletes because they are willing to put in the work that needs to be done to get better. They have the mental fortitude to understand members don’t become successful in fitness overnight. It’s taking one less second of a break from the barbell than they normally do. It’s holding on for one extra rep when they want to jump off the rig. It’s pedaling harder for three more calories at the end of an Assault bike workout. These little things add up to their fitness clock.
Fitness is never ending. Fitness should be a part of all our lives until we die. Most members don’t wake up with a two-minute “Fran” time, or a beautiful Clean and Jerk. It takes time, discipline and mental strength to have these skills. It’s not them against everyone else; it’s every individual member versus themselves. They need you.