CrossFit Blog Central: 2/22/11

Posted: February 22, 2011 in CrossFit, Media, Training
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CrossFit Lisbeth posted something today (from the CrossFit Affiliate Cruise Ship?) and it has to be shared.
The title of Lisbeth’s article is
10 Ways To Be a Better CrossFitter

Sometimes when I share blog posts from other CrossFitters I just post summaries or select quotes. This one gets a full paste. While it may seem like she is talking directly at you, she cautions at the beginning of the article:

“Warning: I wrote this post to myself. But if the lifting shoe fits . . .”

10 Ways To Be a Better CrossFitter

10. Hold the bar straight.

9. Pay attention to your breathing.

8. Use less chalk. Really.

7. Read the CrossFit Journal articles and watch the videos. What’s this going to take? Like 15 min a day? Worth the time and worth the $25 per year. Stop whining and commit.

6. Stop whining and commit. Yeah, that was so good and simple, it needed to be said again and for like all of life.

5. Put sh** away where it belongs. You might call it housekeeping but, really, it’s a form of discipline. You don’t want bumpers or collars or KBs or whatever all over the place. Pick your item, use it, and put it away. Mental discipline is as important as physical discipline, maybe even more so.

4. Get to class 15 minutes early, all the time. Use that extra time not to chat or work on stuff you’re good at — use it to suck. Suck at L-sits, suck at deadhang pull-ups, suck at KB snatches. All the stuff you and your ego have been avoiding. Put on your big girl panties and do the stuff you don’t want to do. It’s called being a grown-up. And a CrossFitter. Go do it.

3. Shut up about programming. Nobody’s ever happy with programming unless they’re the ones doing the programming. Do the workouts. If you’re getting stronger and quicker and feel better, guess what? The programming is working. And if you’re not getting stronger or quicker and you don’t feel better, grab a coach and address your concerns privately.

2. Pay attention. Stop chatting and daydreaming and goofing off. Focus.

1. Stop praying at the bar. Gather yourself, address the bar, breathe, and lift. Don’t make it more complex — in movement or thought — than it needs to be. Lift the flippin’ bar.

  1. Kenia says:

    There is some tough self-love for ya!

  2. Greg says:

    I do need to stop praying to the bar!!! haha Thanks for all the pointers the last couple days it has been really helpful!

    • It’s awesome to see you train, Greg! You already know everything I’m telling you, your mind is just on go-mode and when we’re in that Zone, little details sometimes slip away.

      The more you are reminded of those minor details, the more they become second nature.

      You’re crushing it lately! Keep it up!

  3. Meg says:

    Love this post, straight to the point and truth to be told!

    • One of my personal favorites is #9. When we get caught up with racing the clock (or each other), I’ve noticed we completely throw conventional breathing patterns out the window.

      Relax. Get in a groove, and let the air you’re breathing be FUEL to help your body get as much Oxygen as possible. You know?

      Now, when someone yells for me to breathe, I know WHY they’re saying it!

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