This sh*t is hard! Don’t cheat yourself.

Posted: January 8, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit, WOD

CrossFit it is not easy.

As one of our trainers likes to say, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

Actually, this stuff is downright hard! Often times grueling. But like most worthwhile things in life, fitness and good health don’t come easy.

If you are reading this blog you have pretty much drank the kool-aid already. We are certified cult members. If you cut us open, a cloud of chalk would billow through the air. And at night we dream about butterfly pull ups and overhead weighted walking lunges (although I contend that last one is a nightmare). We actually go through withdrawal if we miss more than one WOD in a row (hell, usually missing just one will put us in the foulest of foul moods). It’s one serious addiction. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just can’t wait ’til the end of my day to get my fix. And of course, if you put two or more CrossFitters in the same room, it is just a matter of seconds before the conversation turns to WODs and other vital topics.

So since we’re all family, let’s be real for a second and ask ourselves this question:  If you are gonna do this, why wouldn’t you do it ALL THE WAY EVERY SINGLE TIME?

Check this out…so you’re well into your WOD and you have 10 Turkish Get Ups you have to do each round (5 each arm of course) along with the other stuff on the white board. And you’re in round 4. Those Get Ups are really kicking your ass! Not the first one or two of each round, but reps 3, 4 and 5. And this is really sucking big time. You’ve been through 16 minutes of a 20 minute AMRAP and you’ve been pushing through so far. So then WHY would you only do 8 TGUs before moving on to round 5? What are you gaining? Nothing! Absolutely zero. (Except for the ire of some of the trainers, who do count our reps from time-to-time you know!)

It’s a slippery slope once you go down that hill. Next thing you know your 21-15-9 WODs are looking more like 20-12-8. And those 100 pull-ups seem good enough at 91 (or maybe it’s not so blatant and you just skip reps 56-59 and 74-78).

Here’s the point. You made it through the day (or got your butt out of bed early) to get to the box. You made it through the warm up. You are doing this!!!! Why cheat yourself? Creative counting is doing nothing for you at all. You are so much better off seeing every WOD through to the end, rep by rep, owning every ounce of sweat coming out of your body.

The only person you should be measuring yourself against at CrossFit is YOU! So what if you get less reps than other people? Who cares if it takes you five minutes longer to finish? That’s not the point. That’s not what we are about. We are about finishing. We are about achieving what you couldn’t achieve last week, month or year. We are about results. And you can’t get the results you want or achieve the goals you have set if you don’t see every rep and every round through until the end.

Yes, some days you come into the box after a day of life having its way with you. And you start the WOD and you realize this sh*t is hard! But you are doing this. And you are kicking some ass! See it through. Every single time. Reap the rewards! Don’t cheat yourself out of them.


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