In CrossFit, I feel like we do a lot of talking about hunting down our “weaknesses”.
There’s a culture of people that, while they’re riddled with nerves when one of their “worst” movements shows up in the next day’s WOD, are eager to find those movements and spend enormous amounts of time working on improving them. They will hunt down any coach, member, or video that can help them figure out how to get better…and, they will work endlessly on trying to put that newfound knowledge to practice.
Even on their rest days.
What’s equally as interesting to me is how much those same people will avoid and run from weaknesses that are not movement based. Whether it’s trying to identifying issues in relationships with their family and friends or things they need to improve upon in their coaching, they cringe when they hear criticism and have trouble letting go of their egos enough to try suggestions on how they can get better at something.
Movement flaws are a lot easier to embrace. If you can’t deadlift your 1.5 times your body weight and you’ve been training for years, it’s safe for you to accept that you’re not doing it as well as you could.
But, when someone tells you that you need to make your class more fun and exciting for your athletes, it kind of cuts to your heart and soul a little and makes you dig deeper into some personality traits that you should work on.
And, that stings a lot more than someone telling you to keep your midline more neutral when you pull a barbell off the ground.
It’s the same thing, though. What good is a bigger deadlift PR when your relationship with your spouse is suffering because you aren’t willing to accept your role in why you argue over how much he travels on business? And, it’s great that you’re committing to meeting with a physical therapist who can teach you how to fire your hamstrings better, but imagine if you invested that sort of time and energy into talking with your kids every day about how you can be a better parent for them?
Weaknesses, across the board, are important to identify, accept, and commit to improving upon whether they come in the form of physical movement or emotional behavior.
It’s just a matter of whether you’re big enough to welcome them, regardless of what form they surface in.