Love What You Hate

Deadlifts are an important part of my fitness training and to the development of my skills as a CrossFit athlete, but I don’t like them. I recognize that doing deadlifts make my back and legs strong, but I’ve had issues with
By Jamie Toland, CF-L1,

I hate deadlifts.

Deadlifts are an important part of my fitness training and to the development of my skills as a CrossFit athlete, but I don’t like them. I recognize that doing deadlifts make my back and legs strong, but I’ve had issues with my lower back for years, and wearing a belt, focusing on form and technique and reducing reps have not always helped me in terms of the back pain I get from deadlifting, especially when I go heavy.

If I didn’t do CrossFit I most likely would have never worked on deadlifting. I never would have taken the time to do pull-ups for the first time ever at the age of 36. I never would have learned how to complete Olympic lifts or participate in fitness competitions or any number achievements that have been completed in the past four years.

But because I do CrossFit and I get to coach CrossFit, I now have a better understanding of why it’s important to work on things we don’t like. Having existed for decades in a bench press, curls, leg press, treadmill type of workout cycle, I remember what it was like for me to go in and lift the weights I felt comfortable with and perform the reps I did or did not feel like doing. I don’t think I ever really pushed myself to learn new lifts or practice new movements back then.

Years ago, I can clearly remember my trainer asking me if I had “fun” doing CrossFit workouts. I had to think about it for a while before I answered. I explained that I spent years having “fun” and doing things I was comfortable with in my training and it had only led me to be out of shape and continue to be injured. I told him I didn’t do CrossFit workouts because they were fun I did them because they constantly forced me to do things I didn’t want to do.

For a couple of years I hated double-unders. Until I was pushed to work on them, until I invested in a nice rope and put the time into getting better at them, I absolutely dreaded seeing them on the whiteboard. Now I love them. I actually do them on open gym days and excel in workouts with double-unders.

I still hate deadlifts, though. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop doing them. They’re a weakness of mine and just like so many other things in CrossFit, I know one day I might grow to love them.

What movement do you hate or did you hate that you now love? Tell us in the comments on Facebook.

Stay on the Grind.
Jamie Toland (JTol)
Twitter @JTolgrinder

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