Have fun, Get fit & don’t worry about the numbers

Have fun, Get fit & don’t worry about the numbers

Coach Jeff Bates

We’ve all done it before. You walk into the box and go straight to the whiteboard to see what your friends in the other class did for weight; or how fast they finished.

The leaderboard is an excellent tool to measure intensity. It gives you that motivation to give everything you have; especially when you know other people will see your score up on the board. The CrossFit group setting helps drive us to work hard and improve each day. It also implies a standard of quality, or virtuosity, as Coach Nicci told us about earlier. This virtuosity also holds us to an ethical standard.

You know that if RX weight is 135 and you only do 95, you won’t get to write that all powerful “RX” on the board.  Most of us are actually driven by the fear of failure or embarrassment; so we would rather sustain an injury or have our ego bruised, than write “scaled” up on the board.  That is a problem.

The leaderboard should matter to you. It should give you the drive to be the best you can that day; but it shouldn’t be the end all be all. You should not be sacrificing movement virtuosity or putting yourself at risk for injury just so you can get a higher score on the whiteboard. The best part about CrossFit is that it’s infinitely scalable.  Scaling is great thing- it allows you to get that same intensity, but at a level that is good for you.

The leaderboard should give you something to strive for and give you a way to measure your progress. It should be nothing but positive- even when you’re having a bad day. Don’t let it consume you, so that you are checking other’s scores daily. Use it just as a guide to decide how you are going to approach your workout- scaling up or down. Your confidence or mood should never be affected by looking at someone else’s score. Like the quote says, “Comparison is the thief of joy” or something like that.

Instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing, worry about yourself. The actual intent of the leaderboard is to allow you to track your individual progress while you work out in a competitive atmosphere.  CrossFit shouldn’t be about “winning” the WOD that day. It should be about doing things you couldn’t do yesterday, being able to run further than you ever could; lift more than you ever have and having fun with like-minded individuals.

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