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How to Become a Competitor in 3 Steps, by Clay Stevens

Working with the 101 students who are just beginning their CrossFit journey, I get asked a LOT of questions. Topics range from “Do I have to wear crazy socks” to “Will I ever figure this out?” The answer to both is yes. One question that pops up periodically is “what do I have to do to become a competitor?” I’d like to take a moment to answer this question for anyone who might be curious.

HOW TO BECOME A COMPETITOR IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS

STEP 1: STOP
Stop trying to win Crossfit every time you show up to class. Attempting to be the fastest, strongest, or always lifting at 100% effort is a recipe for failure and injury. Competitors know when it’s time to go all out, but also know when it’s time to dial back and save some for the next day.

STEP 2: DROP
Drop the weight down if you cannot execute the movement with proper form. Correct form allows you to move weight efficiently. Efficiently moving weight leads to better performance. Don’t be a gym fail compilation waiting to happen.

STEP 3: ROLL (UP YOUR SLEEVES)
Becoming a competitor takes hard work, dedication, and training. Training is much different than working out during a regular class. If you want to compete, you have to roll up your sleeves, put in the time, and train for it. The skills will not develop overnight. Do the work, attend Oly lifting and/or competition clubs, and practice, practice, practice. You will be amazed at what you can do over time.

Jeff Edwards

- Fitness Nerd - National Weightlifting Coach USAW - Crossfit Coach of individual and team competitors - Attended powerlifting seminars by Louie Simmons and Dave Tate - Mobility Certified through Kelly Starrett - National Weightlifting athlete - 6x Crossfit Regional individual and team competitor - Owner and Head Coach at BR Fit Club
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