The Progression

Posted: January 21, 2013 by Uncle D in CrossFit

At this point we have members at Crossfit Lewes who range from just starting out to some who are heading towards their four year anniversary. There are times I envy the newbies. I hear you newbies screaming – “What? Envy us??? We can’t do a pull up without a band, or a rope climb, or a handstand pushup. It sucks being new.” Ah my poor little newbies…
Here is why I envy you, if you are dedicated, coming 3-4 times per week, after the first 2-3 months practically every day you show up at the box you have a new PR or do something you couldn’t do the last time you tried. It’s an amazing feeling that almost constant feedback of improvement, God that feels so good. It helps create Crossfit Crack……………… – as in the drug, you dirty minded little monkeys! But Crossfit Crack is the subject of an upcoming public service announcement, not something I want to delve into today. (Look ma my first tease on the new blog…)

So yes, I do envy you a bit. And I’ll also let you know a dirty little secret, after the first year those PR’s and new accomplishments start to get a lot fewer and farther between, and I would be lying to you if I said there weren’t days where it was depressing. But, here is the good news, when you accomplish those new feats, when you get your first body weight overhead squat, or actually do a whole work out RX, or get your first muscle up, those accomplishments are all the more sweet. I actually remember those accomplishments more clearly than anything that I did in the first year, with the exception of the day, the kipping pull up clicked. I still remember that!

So as I head toward my fourth year I’d tell you keep striving for new goals, it sucks that they take longer to accomplish, and there will be setbacks, but ask yourself this – how long do you think you will be doing Crossfit? Really think about that, how old are you today? If you’re like me and you said, “until they pry my cold dead hands off the pull up bar”, then what’s the rush, be patient, keep striving. And if you are at the 20 month mark and you feel like you haven’t PR’d in a century, just go back and look at your journal. (You are keeping a Crossfit journal right!?!) Flip through the pages and you’ll laugh, you will be amazed at how far you’ve come in such a short period of time. Appreciate it, enjoy your hard work and your accomplishments. It’s a journey kids, as the man said at cert, it’s a long slow slope, and there aren’t any shortcuts. It’s the only way to get through life, constantly moving upward. No matter how slow the progress seems, just keep grinding away. You’re a Crossfitter, you certainly know how to grind!

Uncle D
P.S. As Craig is too modest to claim his work, I’ll tell you most of the posts are written by Craig, and while I’ll take any feedback good or bad, a couple of times I wasn’t sure if someone meant me or Craig’s post when providing feedback. So now you know, let him know he is doing a kick ass job!

  1. jackie Shockley says:

    You are both doing a kick-ass job! I look forward to “After the WOD” every day. Thanks so much for encouraging us and sharing you wisdom!!

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