As your coaches, we want you to move well, consistently practice good form, and always emphasize safety and proper technique above anything else. As Coach E said in last weekâ€™s video on Build-up Strategies, â€œperfect practice makes perfect.â€ When we are watching you, we enforce movement standards and make corrections where you need them. What happens when we arenâ€™t watching is up to you. Itâ€™s then that we expect you to be accountable for performing and recording quality movements.
In CrossFit (and often in life), itâ€™s hard not to compare yourself to others. Itâ€™s natural to be competitive and we love that you are motivated by each other! We want you to remember, though, that we are all different; we have different strengths, weaknesses, and are all at different levels of experience and training. Comparing ourselves to others can become a problem when we forget these differences and are constantly concerned with being â€œfirstâ€ or having the “best” score of the day. Focusing on this can lead some people to cut reps, count unearned rounds, or record heavier weights than they lifted. It also can lead to people unsafely pushing beyond their training and skill level and injuring themselves performing movements improperly. If we do this, we cheat ourselves and we lose momentum toward reaching the ultimate goal of personal health and well-being. We also potentially set ourselves up for unwelcome/surprising “no reps” during the Open (and perhaps a little tiff with the judge who’s scrutinizing our performance).
When thereâ€™s no judge watching you, itâ€™s even more important to meet the standards we know you are all capable of achieving! Yes, that might mean you have to scale, “no rep” yourself, or take longer to hit the full range of motion, but we want you to take that extra time to learn and do things right. We recognize that it can be hard to keep track of reps and rounds when you’re tired (and when rep schemes are complex or the WOD calls for many different movements). Thatâ€™s why we have the white boards! If you consistently have trouble keeping track of reps/rounds, we encourage you to start physically logging them during WODs. Keeping accurate records of your performance is the best way to track your progress and measure how much better and stronger youâ€™re becoming.
You choose to come to CRCF and we love having you here. We are proud of you guys every day and we want you to be proud of yourselves and each other. While we urge you to focus on your own movements, we also hope you feel the sense of community at CRCF. If you go to yoga and sit in childâ€™s pose for 5 more minutes than the person next you to, it’s different than doing 5 less reps than your friend and recording a faster WOD time. We want you to be honest about what you do in a WOD, not just for you, but also for the person next to you. It doesnâ€™t matter to us whether you do Rx or modified workouts. What matters is that you do the movements well, work hard, and hold yourself accountable. Our community isnâ€™t full of sponsored athletes and thereâ€™s no prize money after the week of WODs. In the end, the most important thing is your own progress and the pride that comes from knowing you gave 100% effort and honesty. It just feels better when you know you did it all and you did it right.