Since we are embarking on a new strength cycle, I figured that virtuosity would be a great topic to cover. No, we are not seeing a problem, but we also haven’t spent a lot of time on this topic and the timing is right to discuss it.
Webster’s dictionary describes virtuosity as a great ability or skill shown by a musician, performer, etc. That is to include a weightlifter, gymnast, or even a CrossFitter. Bruce Lee was quoted as saying, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” So you may be asking what this has to do with CrossFit? The answer is pretty simple, it is to practice form until you have made it as perfect as you can. Master the fundamentals and it will pay dividends in strength gains and skill mastery. In the Army we had a saying “take the hard right over the easy wrong every time”, don’t cheat rep counts, do full range of motion on every movement, do it right and you will get the most benefit out of the workout.
I know all of us are constantly trying to improve our form, and you all have been doing fantastic and have been making huge gains not only in strength but also technique. It was very evident during the PR cycle we just completed, and we couldn’t be more proud and also impressed. For some, it wasn’t the huge numbers being put up, but more the range of motion gained, or that tricky kipping motion mastery you achieved. And it was from your diligence to practice movements until you could be successful at them that gave you that boost. In essence, aiming for Virtuosity made you more successful, not just lifting heavier. Keep driving, keep grinding, and keep up the great work, we are honored to be able to work with each of you.
Remember, practice doesn’t make you perfect, perfect practice makes you perfect.
Paul and Jamie