The Pursuit of Perfection

There is a great line in Oasis’ song “Little by Little” that says “true perfection has to be imperfect”. I have always thought about this whenever I hear the song and yet I have never applied it to my life.

I have spent a lot of my life searching for perfection. I look at things not as they are but how they could be better, never being satisfied with the result because something was off. In my mind, it could always be better.

The thing is, yes, things could always be better. But they could also always be a whole lot worse. We are always just one step away from better.

As we hope everyone is aware, focusing on good technique is very important to us here at CrossFit Bearden. We spend each and every class focusing on it and refining it. That being said, it will never be perfect. Ever!

Technique is important for many reasons but most importantly it provides the highest potential for safety. When we move with good technique, we are being efficient and expressing the best possible variation of that movement.

However, for some reason as human beings we become terribly inefficient and technique suffers right when we need it the most - when we are tired/fatigued. This is why a true one rep max will be flirting with the boundaries of sound technique. Because if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be a true one rep. Technique would be maintained and you would keep building. This is also the reason why we only go heavy once a week. It is very valuable to do this but a true one rep should only be done under the watchful eye of a professional.

If this doesn’t make sense, think about a max set of pull-ups. If our max is 50 unbroken pull-ups then somewhere close to that 50 mark our technique is going to begin breaking down. Fatigue sets in and we become inefficient until we fail. If technique was maintained it wouldn’t be a max set.

Holding ourselves to the highest standards is what we all should be doing. That’s how we get better. But expecting perfection or not allowing best effort to be good enough is a sure fire way to live in misery town. In order to push the boundaries of our potential, we must develop solid technique. Without it we create a glass ceiling.

Our number one goal as coaches is to keep you safe. If we tell you to strip weight off a bar or work kipping knee raises rather than single toes-to-bar, we are not doing it to punish. We are doing it to improve technique, which in turn will push you past your current ability. Working anything takes time and the road to success is far from perfect.

In order to grow we must desire perfection knowing that it will always be elusive.

Joseph TownsendComment