Hello hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Mine was filled with love, carrot cake, jellybeans and headstand holds…because I couldn’t sit still from all of the sugar I consumed in the past 24 hours.
I kinda impressed myself with my hold for 30 seconds! I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve really held myself up for that long since I used to dance.
One of my biggest weaknesses in CrossFit is gymnastics. It’s easy to avoid trying to get better at gymnastics because I feel like I still have so much to learn and to get better on since starting. I know this sounds silly, but nothing makes me realize my weight and my strength more than these bodyweight movements. For instance, it would definitely be a lot easier to pull myself up if I was lighter. I’m chasing a strict pull up, but it feels so far away.
Being light was something I even struggled with when I was a dancer. I never really had the “dancer” body and I struggled with accepting that especially when I was a teenager. I had short and muscular legs (the opposite of the ideal of long and lean), boobs (sports bras x2 under leotards were super comfortable) and generally a larger curvier frame. I felt like these physical differences easily made me stand out in a group among the long, lean and slender teammates, so I worked hard on perfecting my technique. Choreographers played to my strengths even though I tried to chip away at my weaknesses. At the end of the day, pieces had to be put together (and sometimes in a short amount of time) that complemented every dancer in the group. I can’t tell you guys how many butts I have lifted into the air, how many fouttee combinations I was featured in and turning C’s/calypsos I completed. Can you guys tell even then I was all legs?
But I think that working on skills over and over is one of the reasons why I have really liked CrossFit. It brings me back to the days where I would spend hours working on my flexibility, jumps and turns in dance class. I love seeing the progress, like being able to hold headstands in my parent’s living room after eating all the candy.
Over the next few weeks, I owe myself some time working on my bodyweight movements. I’ll probably hate a lot of it while I’m doing it, but I know making progress will start to build my confidence in the area I’ve always had struggles.
- How do you work on your weaknesses?
- How do you measure progress?