“Priority is a function of context.” – Stephen Covey
To perform at your best, in any sport, you have to balance preparation and competition. The problem is that this balance is becoming more rare in Crossfit gyms all around the world, which is no surprise.
Every sport works the same way. Basketball is a timely example. Right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are facing off for the NBA title. After every game, playgrounds and courts around the world will fill with kids and aspiring ballers looking to emulate King James’ moves from the night before. That’s only natural.
At first we emulate when we feel inspired, which is the very first step in any athletes’ journey. Countless Crossfitter’s are doing the exact same thing now ahead of the Games. They will notice the best performers, and they will emulate the best moves and training strategies.
It’s fun. It’s an education. It’s also the energy that drives growth for the sport of fitness and creates new athletes. But there is also risk in emulation. If you spend too much time copying others, you could miss the chance to realize YOUR unique potential. Your balance will tip too far forward, away from preparation, and you’ll fall down before ever getting very far.
Kenny Kane has been coaching since 1984, which is extraordinary. In that time, he’s come across every gimmick two or three times over. He knows every archetype, what tends to work best, and where you’re likely to go wrong early on…And guess what? After all those years of trial and error, the clear priority is always something very simple.
You must build your pyramid from the bottom up.
This the foundation of Crossfit for a very good reason. It creates a well-defined space for competition, even for the beginner, but it also serves to keep the demands of the sport in check. You will only reach your unique potential by first fully developing your metabolic and movement base. From there you can load the bar heavier and heavier, pushing the pace, and setting brand new standards.
The priorities. Don’t flip the order!
Who knows? If you commit and prioritize, you might just grow into the kind of athlete that people copy and admire. It happens all the time.
Kenny, we had a great time. Thanks for helping to reset the context.