Sometimes when training, whether it is for a race, a bodybuilding show, or a CrossFit competition, we get caught up in training our weaknesses. It seems to be so easy to fill up a list of things to work on that we just aren’t good at. For me the list seems never ending. In training for a recent CrossFit competition I was focusing heavy on the things I wasn’t good at… like double-unders. I didn’t understand how a jump rope could be so frustrating. I’d walk out of the gym every day covered in lash marks from missed attempts and my negative self talk would take over. I would start to think things like “you’re just not good enough” or “you’re never going to get this” and it was defeating.
While you do still need to train your weaknesses it is also important to have a win. Instead of letting the rope defeat me everyday I needed something I could crush. So I did a WOD with Cleans and Box Jumps. I can rock out some Cleans for sure, and box jumps are something I struggled to get a long time. Finishing that workout strong reminded me that I can overcome my weaknesses. It was just the win I needed to keep my head in the game. I can now do double-unders, not perfectly or fast, but I can do them. It’s all about getting your head in the game!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013