We are on the cusp of a brand new school year, which means that pre-schoolers up to graduate students are heading toward the classroom. Thus it seems like an appropriate time to revisit CrossFit as a thinking person’s endeavor, not just a workout race. Class is now in session.

A Rhetorical Question

In the CrossFit One World blog, Freddy Camacho poses an important question to all of us: “Why do it right if I can do it wrong?” Hmm…He is talking about CrossFitters who are overly concerned with beating the clock or going at a workout as Rx’d… but allow their technique to suffer terribly as a result. If you are serious about your training, this does not make sense!

In CrossFit, we sometimes forget about refining our technique. Need to do 30 clean and jerks for time? Just bend over and pick up the bar! 50 burpess in a row? No problem. Just flop on the floor and get up as fast as you can! Get done as fast as possible and who cares about technique. DUMB DUMB DUMB!! A workout is not a contest. You don’t win a prize for doing the workout the fastest. A workout is part of your training. It’s practice time. Why would anyone want to practice doing something wrong??? You ever wonder why some gym beasts suck at competitions? They practice moving badly for the sake of moving quickly. They follow the mentality of “Why do it right if I can do it wrong?”

Slow down to go faster? It doesn’t make sense to most people. You need to get out of your head that being the fastest isn’t the goal. Watch CrossFit Games champions Rich Froning or Annie Thorisdottir do thrusters and pull-ups during the workout “Fran.” Their movement is beautiful for almost the entire workout, AND it is fast. Why? Because in their training they practice good movement. Capacity, and ultimately the speed, came second after the efficiency. The best in any athletic endeavor don’t train at being sloppy. They never think, “Why do it right when I can do it wrong?” Every single training session they are thinking about moving well.

Take your time during a workout to think about what you are doing. I’m not saying you need to come to a grinding halt and everything needs to be perfect. Just think about the little things that make a movement better, especially if you know you have a tendancy to not do those little things. How is your set up? Are your feet where they should be? Am I keeping a tight back? The list of things to think about is huge, but there will come a time when you will move faster without having to think so much. You just need to practice to get there. This is training.


Thrusters 65/45 lbs/Box Jumps