Do you ever think about what you do when you show up at CrossFit 818? This isn't an inquiry of the obvious. Think beyond the burpees, sweat and your recovery drinks.
Let us first consider the fundamental reason we became members at CF 818: self improvement. This is obvious isn't it? We want to be healthier and look better naked. No objection there. We have one body and one life, so we might as well get something out of it. Next, let us consider the whiteboard and what it does. It's purpose is to log the work you did that day and, from a broader perspective, it highlights improvement over a specific period of time. The numbers we jot down are indeed useful, but they are also a double-edged sword and it can be easy to focus too much short term performance.
Three years ago, we were somewhere in the middle of our second iteration of the Coach's Development Program. The new cohort of members interested in coaching spent one whole session discussing the purpose of a workout and how to go about doing it. There were a number of us, myself included, that (strongly) believed that every workout was a battle with not only yourself, but everyone else around you. If you didn't bury the other people in class then you didn't win hard enough. THIS IS SPARTA! ATTICA! NOTHING IS OVER!
After a spirited debate, Zareh brought the focus back to center. No, each workout is not about killing your fellow classmates, nor is it about working yourself to within inches of death. Most workouts are designed to improve skill, build work capacity, and increase strength. A handful (read: very few) of them are for testing your training. These workouts have names like "Fran" or "Fight Gone Bad."
Furthermore, workouts are meant to provide the current you with reference points related to the previous you. Friendly competition is fine, it helps drive us to keep going. However, the line between what is reasonable and what is excessive can be easily missed in the heat of the moment. I'll point out that none of us are professional athletes, so to base success or failure solely on how you did compared to others adopts a myopic view of your own fitness and completely misses the point of why you do CrossFit.
This is food for thought, just something to consider. Do you focus on your goals and train intelligently for them? Or, do you mistake the forest for the trees and lose sight of the long term? You tell me.
Finn getting some squats in!
Run Figure 8 Lap
15 Hang Squat Snatch (115/75)
Posted by Geoff