Here’s the dirt. Mainly for crossfit newbies, but I see it happen with you seasoned folks as well. It even happened to me.
Crossfit sometimes gets a bad rap because of the volume of injuries. So, why so many injuries? Its because most of us are a bunch of prideful b holes that would rather kill ourselves trying to do something we probably shouldn’t be doing. “RX or die!” You know who you are.
I can remember a time quite a few months ago training a newbie. It was probably his first or second week of training and the workout had 135 lb clean and jerks. Now this kid had never really done clean and jerks before but he was hell bent on doing this workout RX. In warm ups I had him show me a few at 95. Looked pretty good. Not Olympic status by any means, but ok. Then 115. ehhh. 115 was probably pushing it. I walk off to go check another person’s form and see him trying the 135. Back arched big time on the pull, leaning back like crazy on the catch. I can see it in his eyes “I got this up so I’m going for it.” Oh geez! So now I have to tell homeboy that just because he can lift that up doesn’t mean that he should. Then comes the fit throwing. Then comes the “I’m just going to do this until it gets to heavy and then drop the weight” Which is all well and good with me if your form’s okay but his wasn’t. So now I’m the bad guy. Next thing you know, kid can’t even come back to workout for a week because his back is so sore. People! When your trainer suggests you drop the weight, you need to listen!!!!!
Excited guy that hasn’t ever done a crossfit WOD but has to prove to me that he can do 3 dead hang pull ups in a row. Yay! Lets have a party. I’m happy you can do 3 pull ups in a row. But when you have to do fran, there is no way you are going to dead hang your way through that shiz. When I say use a band, just use one. Please.
I am all for getting you stronger. That is my job. Its what makes me happy. It is also my job to scale your workout to what would suit you best. Especially to help you avoid injury.
Those souls that walk straight into the gym and stare at every score and modification of every person that ever worked out. Is crossfit a competitive sport? Absolutely. But you should NEVER focus on what everyone else is doing. You need to start being competitive with yourself. Keep a journal to note your progress. Who cares if “joe bob” did helen in 8 minutes. For all you know “joe bob” didn’t get his chin above the bar on his pull ups. or didn’t get his kettle bell over head. You need to focus on you, not the stupid board. Some days you may have an off day, and that’s okay. We all do now and then. If you’re not feeling the prescribed workout, then don’t do it. But if your form is good and you’re just being a wuss, I will probably make you do it RX anyway.
So kids… Do YOUR best, not someone else’s!
That is all :)
(PS, if I used you in these examples, I’m sorry:)