The CrossFit Journal Classics: Virtuosity

Workout of the day for Saturday 08/25/12:

5 Rounds, 1 minute rest between rounds:

3 Minute AMRAP:
10 chest-2-bar
20 box jumps
30 2-for-1 wall balls


“Performing the Common Uncommonly Well.”

“Virtuosity is defined in gymnastics as “performing the common uncommonly well.” Unlike  risk and originality, virtuosity is elusive, supremely elusive. It is,  however, readily recognized by audience as well as coach and athlete. But more importantly, more to my point, virtuosity is more than the requirement for that last tenth of a point; it is always the mark of true mastery (and of genius and beauty).”

“If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be taught by the very best in any field you’ve likely been surprised at how simple, how fundamental, how basic the instruction was. The novice’s curse afflicts learner and teacher alike. Physical training is no different.”

At the level 1 cert you are hammered on the basics. How do you air squat? You think you know until you air squat for 6 hours. Why do you air squat for 6 hours? Because the air squat translates into so many athletic movements. The mastery of the air squat teaches us functional movement.

It is easy to want to go RX’d even if you have not mastered the form. To hammer the intensity and volume and load even if you have to sacrifice mechanics. To Feel like you got a good workout. And for some time you will PR and Get Stronger, Faster, more athletic. But you will handicap your ability to excel and put yourself at greater risk of injury.

Use the coaches as a resource of functional movement practices. Use the advice of members who have great form, built on diligence. Perfect your form with every rep and for the rest of your life enjoy the practice of performing the common uncommonly well.  Practice for Perfection.

Post to comments: how many bonus points have you accumulated on the nutrition challenge?

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