Gaming gets a bad rap. Every workout we do has a score and is in essence a game. It’s part of what makes CrossFit so appealing. Every time we show up to the gym is a contest to see if we can do better than last time, and maybe even better than the athletes around us. It only makes sense that we would attempt to devise a strategy to maximize our score, which is really all gaming is.
Too often the term is associated with sandbagging or loafing through a workout. The reason for this could be poor planning and goal setting. If your goal score for a workout isn’t set appropriately (too slow, too few reps), it will be easy to pace the workout and hit your target. This is where gaming goes bad. Recently I was struggling with this, aiming for scores in workouts that I knew I could get, and not pushing for that something extra. The key to proper planning for a workout is setting a goal that is challenging, but not out of the realm of attainability or possibility. Work backwards from there to determine pacing.
As you get more of a feel for your capabilities with each movement you’ll have more of an idea of where you should be from workout to workout in order to plan and mentally prepare. CrossFit never gets easier, you just get better. Remember that, and keep aiming high with your goals.
February 10, 2011
10 Forward Rolls
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