What's a couple reps here and there, right? Maybe the workout *says* 21 reps, but the coaches probably *meant* like...16? What difference could those 5 reps make, anyway?
Cutting your reps short during workouts does add up, just like cutting your range of motion short adds up. You're undermining the quality of your workout, undermining the quality of the training you're receiving. Look at what reps people usually chop off: the hardest ones at the very end of a set, or reps from movements they aren't good at. Maybe they're tired from all the burpees, or just aren't getting all their pull ups done as fast as they want to. Maybe they just don't see the point of doing 15 push presses when 12 will make them plenty tired.
But we're only as fit as our biggest weakness, and working on our weaknesses is the only way we'll improve our fitness. Skipping the hard reps isn't going to make us fitter, it'll hold us back. Sure, we may finish near or at the top of class, people may see our scores and congratulate us, but for what? A facade we've built to hide our weaknesses and insecurities?
Shaving reps also stems from fragile egos. When we attach too much of our self worth to superficial and essentially meaningless forms of measurement, we open ourselves up to a world of hurt; we focus on the wrong things and sell ourselves short in the process. When we lose focus of what's important (improving our confidence, our sense of self, and our quality of life through fitness and community) and focus on the meaningless details designed to make the process fun and measurable (tracking scores, competing with friends), that's when shaving reps becomes an option.
In situations like this, cutting reps short becomes a defense mechanism against the possibility of judgment from others and the judgment of self: "maybe I'm not as fit as I thought" or "maybe they're not in as great shape as we expected". Cheating becomes a solution to a problem that doesn't exist; no one cares to judge you based on your performance in the gym. Ego has no place in our community because we've all been deep in the middle of a WOD, sucking down air, throat, nostrils, lungs, quads, and back burning; we're all on the same team, helping each other through those experiences.
Cheating reps isn't very common, but it's a serious issue. It stalls your progress, diminishes your level of fitness, and contributes to a negative self image that's completely unnecessary and avoidable.
A. Every 3 minutes for 4 rounds:
2 very very heavy deadlifts
60 second hollow hold
B. 6 rounds for time:
10 double kb cleans (53/35)
8 front rack lunges (8 total steps)
6 double kb push press
rest 2 minutes between rounds
Posted by Armen.