Potential: A Scary Thought

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Recently, we’ve been blessed around my gym, DEUCE Gym in Venice Beach, to be graced with the presence of a legend. In an effort to avoid the title of “name-dropper,” I won’t go there, but this athlete has captured the highest level of performance in his sport for more than a decade. He’ll live forever as a legend with the likes of Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.

Long story short, this athlete is fine-tuning some things for his next run at a world title. As someone who is rarely consumed by celebrity, I found myself in awe. Once things settled, however, I started thinking, “This guy is the greatest in the history of his sport, and he’s got some glaring holes in his ability to find position and express his potential.”

Say what? The legend has potential?

Sure, he’s off the charts in some areas, but other areas are remarkably underdeveloped. And, I can’t help but wonder what it would look like if he, and other athletes like him, could have the GPP base that CrossFit builds so well.

Coincidently, just this morning, I listened to Kelly Starrett mention a similar thought in reference to his last visit with the New Orleans Saints. His observation that these athletes are leaving considerable amounts of potential on the table was profound.

It’s quite easy, in the year 2013, to look around and think we’ve arrived at the pinnacle of performance. From iPhone 5s to the NFL Combine, we’ve figured it all out. And I’m here to remind us all that the best is yet to come.

As long as Hall of Famers have hip dysfunction, and first-round draft picks aren’t able to reclaim position and function during training, we’ve got a long way to go. Rather than live with the thought that we’ve arrived, I’d like to recognize that this era is asking questions that will put human performance closer to its peak than ever before.

As a coach and as an athlete, I can’t help but smile ear-to-ear when I think of what’s ahead. How much potential have you yet to tap into? When will you? How will you?

— Logan Gelbrich