Most of you have heard my thoughts in class about form and intensity. Different CrossFit gyms and coaches have different approaches to this topic, but I wanted to reiterate my view on this important issue:
Sacrificing form for intensity is generally not a wise long-term investment in your health and fitness. Yes, you have seen CrossFit videos where clean & jerks become "ground to overhead" any way or times when CrossFitters are just doing everything they can to get their bodies from point a to point b as required by the WoD. I want to be clear: there are times when I personally sacrifice some form for intensity. This tends to happen on movements in which the risk of injury due to slight form degradation does not outweigh the benefits of going faster/harder. Deadlifts, weighted squats, and the olympic weightlifting movements (to name a few) are NOT where I make up time during workouts by sacrificing form, because I know that the increased risk of injury from form breakdown is significant.
"Check your ego at the door!" If you feel like you're not comfortable maintaining form for the number of reps necessary to complete the workout, then by all means take weight off the bar! I would rather you finish the workout faster, with a lighter weight than risk injury because you wanted to finish the workout prescribed.
Are you going to injure yourself the second your form breaks down? Nope. But if you keep walking that edge too closely, don't be surprised if you eventually fall off! As always, if in doubt ask your coaches.
AMRAP 7 minutes
10 Burpee Deadlift
Posted by Zareh.