CrossFit is hard. CrossFit is hard enough as it is. Why would you want to make it even more difficult by moving poorly?
Everything we do is based on mechanics. From squatting to running to pull ups to burpees, everything is surrounded by your technique. The better your technique, the better the movement. The better the movement, the more power you can create. The more power you create, the faster you can go.
Why would you want to make that more difficult by taking shortcuts?
Shortcuts in this sense refers to the impatience of wanting to advance faster then you’re capable of.
Everything has a progression. In lifting, it’s simple – start light and begin to add weight as your technique improves. Once you find your limit, we take a step back: we lower the weights and re-focus on your technique and continue to work there until it improves. Then we add more weight and repeat.
Gymnastics becomes more complicated because of the instant return on certain movements. For example, let’s say that you have the ability to kick on the wall. In no way does that imply you’re prepared to try a kipping handstand push up. You have to respect the order of the movement progressions, otherwise it’s just a matter of time before you put yourself in a dangerous position with your chance of injury skyrocketing.
Why do you want to rush the progression? Taking the time to learn the progressions (the building blocks if you like) and truly mastering them shows you have a better understanding of what you’re doing and that you value the quality of your movement. The issue becomes that some of these things are just too easy to attempt.
Any of you can kick up in the middle of the room and “try” to do a free standing handstand hold. But are you ready for it? Can you hold a handstand against the wall for one minute without an issue? Have you been practicing balancing on your hands with a spotter or by using a box? If the answer is no, what exactly did you think was going to happen when you kicked up in the middle of the room?
Take more time to appreciate the complexity of the movements you’re attempting. When people perform them correctly, they often look effortless. What you’re not seeing is the hours and hours (if not years) of work that was put in previously. You have to put your time in. You have to be willing to stay patient and know that you’ll be far better off in the future. What you’re really risky is learning how to do a movement poorly, then hitting a technique limit, then you have to go backwards to get forwards. This isn’t a “1 step back, 2 steps forward” deal, it’s a “5 steps back, 1 step forward.”
Master the basics and foundations of simple progressions before moving onto the next. You’ll be stronger and more confident. You’ll be safer and you’ll progress significantly faster.