Perceiving Strengths and Weaknesses


Perceiving Strengths and Weaknesses

Everyone has those movements that make us think either, “sweet, let’s crush this” or “oh great, guess I’ll be standing around”. I think everyone has those certain movements for them that just come more naturally, or can never get the hang of. There’s no problem in preferring movements, especially since different movements favor different body types and other fitness backgrounds can give a head start in certain thing, but I usually never see peoples attitudes toward those movements change.

If becoming as well rounded as possible in your fitness is a goal then any specific thing that’s found to be lagging behind should be focused on to bring your average up. This also means that the only reference point that matters is yourself. A common movement people struggle with is handstand push ups. Doesn’t matter if it’s strict, kipping, or deficit, they’re just difficult for most people to build capacity in. If you make them a focus for several weeks than the test for progress is how you compare from the beginning to the end of that focus.

Focusing on something isn’t going to make a weakness into a strength though. Before you get to attacking a movement with confidence you have to get to being just comfortable doing them, and almost indifferent when they come up. First you stop thinking of them as a weakness, and just don’t think much of them at all, before you think of them as a strength.

Of course if competing is a thought then how we decide if something is a strength or weakness changes. Often people compare with the ones they’re around. This makes total sense since you likely do lots of workouts with them, so you can see if you beat them at something or if they beat you at something. The problem is that gives a small testing group. You could always win or lose at a movement, but it could just be the person, or group, you’re comparing to is opposite in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Someone who is 5′ 2″ is probably never gonna think they’re good at wallballs or rowing if they’re comparison is someone who is 6′ 4″.

It’s fine to think you’re good or bad at certain things. Just make sure that how you’re deciding that is by seeing it from the proper view. If you’re not competing against anyone but yourself then there’s no reason to compare to them. Focus from the place that actually matters.

-Coach Tristan