Thanks Lisbeth, needed to hear this. What I hate is DOUBLE UNDERS!! At age 69 and a lifetime of dedication to fitness albeit mostly running, marathoning, light weight workouts, and for the last two years CrossFit addiction, I have a hard time reasoning the necessity of mastering DUs. Especially today with extremely painful calf muscles following a mega DU workout 4 days ago. Burpees, learning kipping pullups, oly lifts (which are really fun), and turkish getups are all pieces of cake compared to DUs. I'll get over the pain, will keep trying, and hopefully one day will like passing a rope twice on one freaking jump.
Doing More of What You Hate?
You know what that tells me?
They grew. They were out of their comfort zone. They stretched, they reached, and they achieved — even if they didn’t want to.
And that’s all good. That’s what I want. That’s what I’m looking for. Mission accomplished, at least for that day. I’m not here to make you feel good: I’m here to help you achieve what you might not on your own. And that’s why you come to me for coaching. That’s why you read these words here. You’re smart enough to realize that you can use my skills to help you reach your goals.
Coach Greg Glassman once said: “Let me know what you hate and don’t like and we’ll do more of that.”
Exactly. Guess what we’ll be doing again in the future? Yup. Wall Climbs. You’re going to achieve more than you ever dreamed was possible.
You know, this is a really great piece that you wrote, Lisbeth and something everyone should read. One of the many great things about CF is knowing you're going to walk in, look at the whiteboard and see a WOD or a movement within a WOD that you just don't like. At that point you have a choice. You can, 1) bitch, moan and groan about it and choose to not give it your best during the WOD, or 2) keep an open, positive mind and say to yourself "Okay, so I'm not a fan of XX, but today I'm going to make it mine!" The truly great athletes clearly make the better decision and they make it a point to put into practice the second point as much as possible. You see it in their results but also in the attitude they convey in all of the videos you'll see on HQ. I'll openly admit that I've taken both approaches. However, since the latter part of last year, I've made a personal commitment to always make my least favorite or weakest movements as much of mine as possible. Now, I'll still tell you how much I despise rowing during a light-hearted conversation, but if a rowing WOD comes up, I'll be mentally in the game. Great read. Thanks for sharing!
I could not agree more. I am going to start a Burpee Club at our box starting Feb 01. Because I HATE BURPEES! Great post today. Just what I needed to hear.