"I always thought that having a muscle up was the be all and end all of CrossFit"

Hi I’m Mel, I have been CrossFitting for 18 months and this is a short insight into my journey towards the muscle up. 

I always thought that having a muscle up was the be all and end all of CrossFit..

As silly as this sounds, to me I thought once you have a MU you can actually be classified as ‘a CrossFit athlete’.. 

I attended every gymnastics class, did every progression and took on all the coaching I could afford.

Nonetheless, I wasn’t strong enough and shouldn’t have been attempting the skill.

I did any way. Attempt after attempt I was building bad movement habits and also bruising my ego. I was actually feeling really bad about myself. 

All of this was putting my shoulders at risk of injury. 

Then my coach Ev had a really honest conversation with me. About what I needed to do, what I needed to stop doing and also gave me a reality check.

This conversation came at a hard time, just after 16.2, she saw me attempting bar muscle ups when I wasn’t ready and she actually said..

“If ring muscle ups come up in one of the other open workouts, I don’t want you to even try. Either scale or sit it out completely.”

This was really hard to hear. She didn’t want me trying things I wasn’t ready for. Even though this was the last thing I wanted to hear it was still better than coaches and friends simply encouraging me to no end. 

What a blessing in disguise. Now I am not feeling bad about myself trying a movement and just failing all the time.

Ev also gave me a more realistic time frame for what I was trying to achieve and a good understanding of the tedious work I still had to put in.

This helped me to accept the truth and prepare myself for the work that I would have to put in.

Before this I guess I just wanted to believe my well meaning friends when they told me 

“Wow you are so close”

“Keep trying”

“Any day now”

My friends did mean well when they said these things to me but they simply did not understand the depth of the learning process. They were just giving me false hope. 

Now I know It will mean so much more to me when I finally achieve the skill, but approach it the right way.


Two things you need but may not be getting are..

1. Honesty about where you are on your skill journey.

2. A detailed description of the amount of work it will take to achieve a particular skill and the plan to get there.

 

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