Earn Your Rx, Achieve Results
Mechanics/Intensity= Safety + Results
By Matt Hathcock
CrossFit is a game of numbers. Bigger numbers for our weights for lifts, bigger numbers for rounds, and smaller numbers for those timed WODs. We are constantly trying to better ourselves, and score higher and higher with each rep. This is something engrained in us, it’s what makes us CrossFitters, the will to suffer to get better. However, it’s also engrained in us as human beings, to want immediate results.
What good is your lift if you risked injury to get it? What good are your rounds if you count bad reps? What good is your WOD time if you do not do full range of motion movements? How can you call those workouts prescribed? You may be pulling or pushing more weight; you may be getting more rounds and you may be getting seemingly faster, but at what cost?
Be patient. Be meticulous. Demand perfect reps. If you cannot keep the reps clean, go slower. If you cannot move the weight safely, go lighter. Put the solid mechanics of every movement ahead of increased intensity. To maintain true hard numbers to base your results, each workout must be done with the same full range of motion of each and every rep. Properly executed reps are also more efficient reps, and your output will be greater. Your progress will be solid and go farther.
This does not mean not pushing yourself. It means pushing yourself harder because you are taking each rep the entire distance. It means being proud of your scores, knowing they are legitimate. It means continuous progress with no serious injury. It means you are a CrossFitter, and held to a higher standard.Posted on: May 11, 2010admin