Whats the difference?
I want to shift gears from the last couple posts and talk not about what goes into making great fitness but what is already on the inside. In case you haven’t noticed, the guys that are at the top of the field in Crossfit are pretty consistent. (speal, Manimal, Thiel, OPT…) Sure their training is am important part of how they have developed their fitness but what motivates the consistent performance?
I have a couple ideas but i am hoping ya’ll will contribute to these ideas and let me know what you think. (Spencer, put all that schooling to good use).
I began thinking about this topic during Hells Half Acre qualifier. After the first day there were not many surprises. The guys i was expecting to be at the top were at the top. There were some unexpected competitors that seemed to be worthy but ended up choking on one of the workouts. Neither of the workouts were extremely hard but they were a good test of capacity so a good crossfitter should have done well with both of them. So what caused the top 5 to pull away?
Here are my ideas and they are not proven or scientific they are just my thoughts.
First, I think the top crossfitters are stupid. Not in a sense that they don’t think for themselves or don’t know things but in the fact that they don’t listen to their body. When they get to that point in a workout when most people would take an extra breath (why not??) they push harder and embrace the pain.
Maybe they are more aware of their body and therefore know its limits better. They know that when everyone else takes a breath, they have a little extra. Competition makes it easier to do more than their buddy but its not only the competition with someone else but the internal desire to push themselves past their perceived limits.
Maybe the top guys know precisely what their body is capable of and are able to manage their work to rest so efficiently that they never go to failure and always recover just enough to get through the next exercise. I seriously doubt this one. How many times have you gone into a workout only to have your plans smashed after the first round?
For those of you that routinely finish workouts and feel that you didn’t push as hard as you could, put yourself in Speals shoes and go longer and harder than you did yesterday. Your fitness will benefit.
What do you think makes the top guys stay at the top?