Wednesday Form: CrossFit IQ…Bias and the Hopper
Sure sounds like some cautionary, moralistic, Aesopian tale…”Oh, Gramps, tell us the story about Bias and the Hopper, again.”
Ok, let’s start all the way back here.
First, there are a lot of really good CrossFit affiliate taglines…one of the best being, “Train to not suck at life.”
Funny, yet poignant.
The demands of life…in any context, in any occupation, at any moment in time…are unpredictable. So the only effective conditioning program that could adequately prepare someone for life would have to be…unpredictable.
The entire CrossFit program and methodology revolves around this idea…”constantly varied.”
Enter: Bias. Bias is the enemy. Bias is comfort. Bias is playing to strengths. Bias is being good at things we’re interested in, and being interested in what we’re good at. Well, that’s easy, any phool can do that. Bias creates, sustains, reinforces bad habits, imbalances, pseudo-athleticism. Bias is…biased. Bias in CrossFit refers to WODs that constantly play to strengths. Biased CrossFitters, then, are CrossFitters who only show on certain days, for certain WODs, or certain exercises.
The opposite of Bias is “constantly varied.”
Enter: The Hopper. The Hopper in CrossFit is a big metaphorical bin of any and every possible exercise, movement, physical skill or demand. Spin The Hopper (like bingo)…pull out 3 exercises at random…and you have your WOD. CrossFit isn’t a short list repetitive variations of the same exercise kinda program. CrossFit is the ultimate in the unpredictable unknown…”balance of modal capacity.”
So the moral of the story. Think about The Hopper. What 3 exercises do you NOT want to see drawn? What would you really rather not see on the whiteboard? What are your Kryptonites?
Answer that…and then you have your CrossFit WOD. Master them and move on.
BTW, don’t say…”Oh, burpees because they are so hard.” We say, “Bullsh%t.”
We’re talking pure CrossFit. For example, how about this WOD: KB Snatch, Double Unders, 65lb OH Squat…if those came out of the Hopper, could you complete the WOD, could you do the exercises? Or Max DL…or 25 Pistols…or Handstand Walk, Muscle Up, Dig a 3 foot hole…whatever…the Hopper is endless…what would you dread?
To not suck at life…get away from strengths and comfort. Find a weakness, remediate it, and move on. That’s CrossFit…and we all lived happily ever after.