For Better or For Worse
I recently watched an interview with Diane Fu of Fu Barbell in San Francisco and Nick Horton of Asheville Strength and the Weightlifting Academy. It was a great interview for both athletes and coaches. One of the points that stuck out was this concept of chasing movement quality and not numbers.
Chase movement quality and not numbers. I believe this is a concept that we ALL need to grab a hold and squeeze tight. Quality should always come before quantity. Perfect practice makes perfect. Yes, CrossFit, tends to be performance oriented which takes us back to the number game, but there should be a prerequisite to this performance oriented training. A prerequisite that requires a mindset that your day to day training involves only quality movement under massive volume.
Let’s face it. Many of you have performed CrossFit style workouts for 2 years now and I would bet that during that time you have thought many times about quitting. I have. However, fitness is a lifestyle. It is a life changing choice. You will be doing this for a while. So suck it up and strive for quality movement. The quality you put in now will result in the quantity you achieve later.
Do not let yourself get away with bad repetitions. Snatches, hit your hips. Pullups use your lats and scapula. Get your chin over the bar. Quit crossing your legs on pullups and ab work. Squeeze your stomach and glutes every second of every day especially before and during a big lift. Drive through the heels and activate the hamstrings. You try and pick up a penny, that back had better be flat and stomach tight. Bend at the hips. KNEES OUT! KNEES OUT! KNEES OUT!
Numbers are ambiguous. Numbers will trip you up and make you crazy. Numbers make you lose focus on what really matters. Just do work! I’ll leave you with this example. Someone doesn’t have a pulse. You went through CPR class but cant remember if its 30 compressions and 2 breaths or 20 compressions and 3 breaths. Who cares?!! Just get down there and do work!