One of my affiliate owners mentorship group colleagues Jay Rhodes wrote a great post to his members on the topic of 17.2. I couldn’t have said it better myself so I’m just going to share it as is and leave it here for you to ponder…
“OK so… before everyone starts hating on Dave Castro because Bar MU/pullups are programmed….
Whatever your reasons are for doing CrossFit, a common one among everyone is to challenge yourself. When you do this consistently you start to push your boundaries and over time achieve new PR’s and new movements. The barbell PR’s happen usually in small increments. The new movements happen much less frequently but when they do- they’re a big deal. Challenging ourselves on a day to day basis- whether we achieve all our goals or not- we become better. Healthier mindset, more confident, and the list goes on.
Are some people going to get their first pullup- hell yeah. Are some going to have to stare at the bar for a bit…yup. Don’t be mad at Dave Castro or the programming- look inward. If you’re not quite where you want to be, the only way up is hard work and consistency.
Remember, training is designed to meet you where you’re at. Competition isn’t. Competition is meant to test you, and separate people based on fitness, skill, strength, and so on.
If you know that you absolutely will not get a pullup, and want to keep moving for 12 minutes we’ll have an option for that. If you’re close then you OWE it to yourself to try. Feed off the energy of everyone in the gym. Get that first pullup or Bar MU and you’ll be a story we talk about in 5 years.”
Our CFE Crew is about what we CAN do, not what we can’t do. Do the absolute best you CAN do for 17.2 and have a blast doing it!