Bite Sized CrossFit Concepts - Virtuosity

In one of the oldest CrossFit Journal articles, Coach Greg Glassman defines virtuosity as “performing the common uncommonly well.” 

In CrossFit, and most often in life, people get bored with "simple" pretty quickly.  We as humans are after the complex.  Complex movements, complex theories... complexity is advancement.  But slowing down a moment to appreciate the simple will add richness to your CrossFit experience (not to mention your life).

Have you ever really sat back and watched an elite CrossFitter move?  Watching top athletes do pushups or air squats can be a thing of beauty.  Think I'm full of it?  Watch these athletes do more complex movements like thrusters at amazing speeds (*ahem Colleen*) and you will see unmatched efficiency, position, coordination and grace.   What are you seeing?  The athlete's virtuosity with the air squat and press.

Because this has to happen......

Because this has to happen......

..... before this can...

..... before this can...

If it's the fundamental movements that we are focusing on, why doesn't every athlete have this in the bag?  "Virtuosity is elusive, supremely elusive. [...] There is a compelling tendency among novices developing any skill or art to quickly move past the fundamentals and on to more elaborate, more sophisticated movements, skills, or techniques." (Read Glassman's article)  After all, you're squat is good enough, and your mobility is sufficient right?  Who really needs perfection?  All I want is more weight!

... Get the picture?

So while there are so many movements in CrossFit, make sure you are taking time and focusing on the simple ones.  It is up to you as an athlete to chase perfection and virtuosity.  If you don't hold yourself to a higher standard, you're results will be what lose out. Yes, there is always something else you can do to get better, but before you move on to the fancy... how about that air squat?