The Luxury of Being a Beginner

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A) Power Clean
15 min to find heavy single
B) Pushups
3x max HR pushups, maintain rhythm
C) 3 rds for fastest intervals possible: Rest 2 min exactly between each
3 rds.for time on 6:
400 run
%75 of max HR pushup result (part B)
5 PC @ 75% of days 1RM


OPEN WOD #5The other day I attended a tai chi class for the first time in about eight or nine years. I absolutely loved tai chi when I was studying it, and it’s always been one of those things I thought I would go back to someday. That being said, I was nervous about whether or not I would remember any of it. Not to mention curious how it would feel on a physical body that is entirely different than it was eight or nine years ago.

I was not the only person new to this particular class and at the beginning of the lesson the instructor said something that stuck with me. He said, “Those of you who are new may be nervous about everyone else in class knowing more than you. I would ask you instead of seeing this as a disadvantage, to see this as a privilege. You get to be in a room full of experienced people to observe. You have a dozen other people you can watch and learn from. They only have me.”

I had never thought of being the newbie as a luxury before, or that being in possession of less skill was actually an enviable position. I had the ability to learn from anyone in the room. I had knowledge on every side of me. Suddenly an environment that had been “I might fail if I don’t remember” became “I am supported by the experience of my peers.”

It made me reflect immediately on CrossFit and how the myriad skills can be overwhelming, how it can feel like everyone knows things that you don’t. That feeling can be overwhelming, and in some cases block you from attending class and from making progress. But what if you saw it as a luxury only you get? You’re the only one in the room who has sixteen teachers. You can learn from anyone and everybody. Everything you do will be a step forward. As long as you just show up.

Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this very moment.




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