Is My Progress TOO Slow?

Is My Progress TOO Slow?

I’ve been CrossFitting for over two years now. Much to my surprise, I cannot handstand walk to the grocery store. My thirteen-year-old daughter did four handstand pushups the other day, on a whim, when I’m still getting past the awkwardness of being upside down. Newer people at the gym sometimes do the same weight as me. Many who started CrossFit the same time I did have had a faster rate of progress and now beat my times in workouts. It all makes me wonder: is there such a thing as progressing too slowly?

It’s not always easy to remember that progress is progress. Ninety-five percent of the time I know that every bit forward counts and is not insignificant. But this doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes compare myself to the best in my gym, the best online, and sometimes the best in the world. The 2012 CrossFit Games are playing on ESPN now and it’s hard to not want to be like those athletes. Most of the photos online of CrossFit women are ones of chiseled beauties who can snatch their bodyweight or muscle up like hell. I wonder how some athletes who started CrossFit six months ago are already Games material when I still feel strict pull ups are a mother-effer.

Sometimes I forget these amazing athletes are not the majority. There are arguably about a half-million CrossFitters at present time at affiliates alone, not even counting people in their home gyms. And only a very small percentage of that number is phenomenal. The rest of us – the majority of us – are average or relatively new, scaling some, many, or all of our workouts. Read More

-Welcome awesome husband and wife duo Jen & Dave to CF Naples!

Tuesday’s Workout

Skill of the Week: Pistol

For Time:

400m Backwards Run

40 Box Jumps (24/20)

30 Toes to bar or Knees to bar

20 Handstand Pushups

10 Muscle ups

Wednesday’s Workout

Lift: Power Clean 7×3

Conditioning:

4 rounds for time

25 Double Unders

15 Pushups (hand release)

5 Power Clean (155/95)