So after many, many,…. many years of CrossFit I finally got a bar muscle up. It was long overdue. This weekend the CrossFit Open Workout 16.3 is 10 snatches and 3 bar muscle ups. It was time to step up to the plate and swing for the fences.
To be honest, I really haven’t really tried very hard to do a bar muscle up. I’ve done jumping bar muscles ups and banded bar muscle ups in workouts, but usually just avoided them a lot. That being said, I have been working really hard on all the elements of a bar muscle up. I do a lot of work on my gymnastics swing and my transitions and deep pullups and dips. Today was the day I put all the pieces together.
Here are the things that conspired today to make me successful:
- I have been doing the preparation: hammering positions and the basic fundamentals.
- I had a bunch of supportive people around me cheering me on.
- I had good coaching that helped me get closer and closer with each attempt.
- There was an urgency because I needed to get them this weekend in the Open.
- I tried…Hard.
I can’t stress how important each of these elements are to success. Do you prepare? Do you surround yourself with supportive people? Do you have a coach that can be objective and point you in the right direction? Do you have a sense of urgency? Are you trying hard?
I should probably state before all of this comes the belief in yourself. Without a belief in yourself, nothing is possible. Stack the deck in your favor and set yourself up for success.