In the Crossfit world, we refer to weaknesses (and movements that we are bad at) as goats. The tendency both outside and inside the gym is to avoid things that we aren?t good at. While doing that will keep you in your comfort zone, it will also keep you from growing and becoming a better athlete/person. The athletes that we in the crossfit world look up to, (Mikko Sallo, Chris Spealler, Michelle Kinney) are not perfect. They have weaknesses. No one comes into a Crossfit gym and does everything perfectly. The way those athletes got to the level of elite fitness that we are all chasing was not by training to their strengths. They saw that they had weaknesses and pursued them. They slayed their goats and found new ones. I realize that not everyone wants to be the fittest on earth, but the point of being GPP (generally physical prepared) is so that you are competent in any of the ten general physical areas: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. I also
realize that not everyone has extra time outside of the class time to work on skills that they are bad at. So how do you get better? Next time you see a WOD with one of your goats in it DO NOT AVOID IT. If you only have one day a week to train you should make sure you come in on day that has movements you don?t like. As unpleasant as it sounds, the more you focus on a weakness and the more time you spend working on it, the less of a weakness it becomes. What are some movements you avoid? Have you ever skipped a workout because it had movements you didn?t like?
-Chris Kent aka TI
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