Recently I was working out alone, something I don’t do all that often these days. It included wall ball, knees to elbows, and kettlebell swings. Several times during the workout I found myself calling “no rep” on myself. Why did I do this? No one was around, the only thing I was competing with was the clock, and what I was experiencing felt like a low grade form of torture. I did it because integrity is important to me. When I write down a time, a number of reps, or a weight, even if it’s just in my personal journal, I want it to be legit. I want to know that everything I did was held to the highest movement standards possible, and I want all of you to do the same.
All of your coaches do their best to keep an eye on you, but we honestly cannot watch every rep of everyone’s workout. Miss the wall ball target? No rep yourself. Hit your armpit instead of your elbow? No rep yourself. When you cheat range of motion you’re only cheating yourself. This is important to remember if you have aspirations of competing in CrossFit. The last thing you want to do is show up on game day and have your reps not count.
Integrity both personal, as well as of the data we’re generating matters a great deal to me, and I want it to matter to you too. People will die for points, especially when in direct competition with one another. Don’t let your desire to “win” get in the way of the high level of character I know you all have, or interfere with your primary goal here, improved fitness.
January 20, 2011
Strength: Sumo Deadlift 5-5-5-5-5
12 Front Squats (50kg/35kg)
*Scale muscle-ups to 12 pull-ups & 12 dips
Paleo meal delivery is now available at CrossFit Fenway from Paleo Comfort Cuisine. Place orders by 9 PM on Sunday for Monday delivery at 5 PM, or by 9 PM Wednesday for 5 PM delivery on Thursday. These tasty, prepared meals eliminate any excuses between you and clean eating.
For an opportunity to get some extra work in on the snatch, clean, and jerk, we’ve got Olympic Weightlifting Clinics this Saturday, January 22nd with CFHQ Trainer EC Synkowski. We’ve only got a few spots left in each, so contact Eric for more information, and to register today.
***No invasion this weekend