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Cherry Picking

Dear CFBers,

Ahhhhh, cherry picking. You know…when you drive to an orchard, bring lots of containers with you, mosey around, and spend the day meandering through the rows of trees and picking cherries. ‘One for me, one for the bucket…two for me, one for the bucket….’ And then drive home with red-stained fingers and lips, and bake a pie. (A Paleo pie, of course.)

Waaaaaiiiiit a minute, I forgot, this is a CrossFit blog, not a food blog. Sorry.

Let’s start again:

Ahhhhh, cherry picking. You know — when you check Facebook or the CFB website shortly after 8pm to see what the next day’s WOD is…and THEN make a decision as to whether or not you really want to take the class. In case you’re still not sure what I’m talking about, I’ll provide you with an example in the form of an internal dialogue:

Saturday night. 7:30pm ‘Hey, I’m registered for CrossFit class tomorrow! I can’t wait. I wonder what the WOD is going to be!’
Saturday night. 8:30pm ‘Hey, I’m so excited about this CrossFit class. I’m going to see if they’ve posted the WOD yet!’ checks Facebook and/or the CFB website ‘Ooooohhhhhhhh, running.’ shudders
Saturday night. 9:00pm. after pondering the WOD for the last 30 minutes. ‘So, about this class tomorrow. You know, I heard the weather might be a little cold. And/or I’m not in great running shape, and I don’t want to be the slowest person. And/or I really don’t like running. And/or I’m trying to get my strength numbers up, so I don’t want to run. And/or…running sucks, I’m going to sit this one out and come on a day when there’s something more fun programmed.’
Saturday night. 9:15pm. cancels reservation for Sunday class

We are sneaky, sneaky people. And by “we,” I mean your friendly CrossFit Boston staff, and by “sneaky,” I mean that we can see what times people cancel their classes. Strangely enough, we have found that there is a not insignificant number of cancelations shortly after the WOD is released, whenever the next day’s WOD involves running.

I’m picking on people who don’t like running, but most of you have some movements and/or WODs you’d rather avoid. That’s fine, and it’s normal. It only becomes a problem if you purposely avoid the WODs you don’t like, in favor of doing things you’re already good at. You’ve probably heard us say that the only way you’ll “get” double unders is by failing at them repeatedly. The same principle holds true for anything. Is your aerobic capacity lacking? You’re only going to improve it by working on things that challenge it — including running. Or maybe it’s handstand push ups that you can’t…well…stand (haha) — but you’re not going to get better at them by avoiding “Diane,” you’ll get better at them by coming in on days we do handstand push ups and working the appropriate scales.

Doing only the things you already like will help you get better at those things, but it will also make you an even more unbalanced athlete. CrossFitters pride ourselves on being generalists, not specialists. So the next time you see a WOD you’d rather not do, ask yourself why. Chances are, if you don’t like a movement, you’re probably not very good at doing it, at least compared to things you ARE good at. And you should especially be working on things you’re not good at! Talk to your coach ahead of time if you’re worried about scaling, or have questions about what you can do in and out of class to improve. But however you go about it, tackle your dislikes and weaknesses head on.

No more cherry picking!

Except if you’re going to bake us pies.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Mickey G.

    Speaking of running, who’s in for the BAA 10K on Sunday, June 23rd? Registration opens this Wednesday at 10 AM at BAA.org.

    1. Scott Regan

      I’ll be there, I’m doing the BAA Distance Medley (5k, 10k and Half Marathon)

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