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Are you a Cherry-picker?

17
May

Are you a Cherry-picker?

Cherry-Picking \ cher –e-pick-ing\ (verb)

– selecting specific days to attend the gym based on what workout is programmed. Choosing to attend on days that the movements are something that the athlete likes to practice, thinks is fun and can perform well. Choosing to avoid on days when the workout is difficult, or something the athlete doesn’t like to perform and is not skilled at executing.
Examples –
“I suck at snatches, definitely not going tonight.”
“Running outside in this weather? I’m not going.”
“I’m going to finish last if I have to do those pull-ups, I’m staying home.”
“Wall-balls, is there anything worse? I’ll sit this one out.”
“100 burpees?! Why? Not doing it”
So what’s the big deal? Why should I not do this? Hand picking days to attend the gym contradicts the overall idea of CrossFit. Selective workout visitation is a pathway to plateau and injury. CrossFit is meant to prepare us physically for anything and everything that life throws our way. The programming at our gym is planned out weeks in advance to get the maximum benefits out of our training time. We want to be the “jack of all trades, but master of none” meaning, we want to be a little bit good at everything, not the best at one thing. This philosophy will make you a very well-rounded athlete and will help you avoid plateauing in the gym. Whether it’s the Olympic lifts, the running, or the pull-ups that scare you away, come anyways, cherry-picking workouts inhibits you from becoming the best athlete you could be.