I am not leaving CrossFit. When a guy posts that he has tried the program for 3 months and is moving on, I feel sorry for him. I am convinced that he is really missing out on some great benefits. One little part of me feels a little jealous. Ahhh, back to being King of the Small Hill (that never gets any higher).
Really, CrossFit is a tough road to go. It means constant self –evaluation, where we always come up short. Progress is inevitable, but that just forces us to look at more areas we need to improve. Wow, I dropped my Fran time by two minutes! A Planche? I can’t do that. Nope, not lever either. OK, show me where to start. By the way, where’s your Deadlift at these days?
Some people are more gifted than others, and will make greater gains. Normally, these “genetic freaks” are also the ones putting in the most effort, again and again. But most of us will work hard, be good at a few things, competent at others, but keep struggling to get just a little better. It took me a while to realize that the process is the real point.
So, if you ever meet a CrossFitter who feels they are have “made it”, steer clear. It’s a continual process. That’s the point.
“So, if you ever meet a CrossFitter who feels they are have “made it”, steer clear. It’s a continual process. That’s the point.”
Though normally I agree with you, Tom, I have to say that if I meet a Level IV CrossFit athlete (see CF North’s Standards by Dave Werner) with better than 95% percentile times for all named WODs (see CFHQ in Santa Cruz for raw data), I’m pretty sure one could say that said CrossFitter has “made it”.
Doing anything you’re fully passionate about with as much effeciency as possible for 10 years is almost guaranteed to make you an expert on the subject.
I see CrossFit as no different.
Of course, CrossFit hasn’t been around for ten years yet… so we’ve got a bit of time to wait before we see those guys. 🙂