You know it if you look like Jake after (or during!) your workout.
CrossFit challenges you to push the threshold of what you can stand. Usually, you have more in you that you are willing to give. The trick is to keep pushing, testing out that threshold, while at the same time, not being a hero and getting hurt. Check the ego in at the door and be prepared to push yourself and become a better athlete in the process.
There are 3 stages to ramping up in CrossFit.
1. Mechanics: You learn the fundamental moves. You work hard to do them correctly.
2. Consistency: Once you have learned the mechanics of the movements, you then work on being able to do preform them correctly over and over, getting more and more consistent. Doing the moves correctly, repeatedly. :)
3. Intensity: Once you can knock out squats, pull-ups, cleans, snatches, thruster etc, correctly and repeatedly … now you can to turn up the heat and add in the intensity and start your own dance with your threshold of what you can tolerate. It is in this stage that you might look like Jake up there! He wasn’t done either. But he got back up and kept working until he was.
Mechanics. Consistency. Intensity. CROSSFIT!