In CrossFit, this is the one place many fail: skills. These include: rope climbs, double unders, bar and ring muscle ups, handstand walks, handstand push ups, etc.
Because skills is all practice. Practice takes time. Time most aren’t willing to invest in mastering these skills. Time you have to put in on your own or you’ll never get good at them.
Most people only do these when they occasionally show up in a WOD. This may be once a week if you’re lucky. Otherwise, they are forgotten.
Furthermore, these skills have to be kept up to speed or you will lose them. You have to do all regularly 1) to get better at them and 2) to keep them sharp.
These skills can make or break you in an Open Workout because you either have them or you don’t. And you either have them well or you don’t.
Let’s take double unders for example. Many people suck at these. Why? 1) They refuse to purchase their own rope ($10). You can never get good at double unders without a rope that fits you. Intuitive really. 2) They never practice them–even in a WOD.
I practiced double unders every day for 6 months straight. EVERY DAY! It still took me 2 YEARS to master. 2 Years! It’s only been within the last few months that I can say, “Yes, I can do 100 double unders unbroken every time I pick up a rope.” Double unders are that hard.
A lot of people honestly don’t care enough to practice. And that’s okay. We all have our passions and CrossFit may just be a good workout for them.
I just keep practicing. Like I always do.
That’s my secret.
If you want to get good at anything in life, there’s no secret. We all know what it is, but few of us choose to do it.
Practice, practice, practice!!!