CrossFit “Cherry Picking” defined:
Selecting which days to attend CrossFit based on the workout or waiting until the workout is published to determine whether or not one will attend class are the acts that define cherry-picking in the CrossFit world.
The athlete hand selects workouts that seem to confirm their belief about what they are/are not capable of doing, what they “need” or “don’t need” to do, what seems “extreme”, or what will get them fit in their eyes. The result is a contradiction between the resulting capabilities and fitness level of the athlete and CrossFit’s goal of creating a general physical prepared athlete. Selective workout visitation is a pathway to plateau. Nobody wants to plateau, it sucks.
Examples of cherry-picking:
“That looks hard, I’m not going.”
“I don’t like running, I’m not going.” (see tomorrow’s wod)
“It’s “just” a lifting day, I don’t need that.”
“Longer than 10 minutes? Arghhh. No way I want to sweat for that long.”
“That looks AWESOME and EXTREME. I NEED EXTREME! I’m totally going twice.”
Whether it’s a heavy day, Oly day, breathe hard day, breathe long day, a movement or workout that you just don’t like, cherry-picking workouts inhibits you from becoming the athlete you could be. The best way to avoid cherry picking is to just show up and do what’s written on the white board.