Oct 16 2014
Free Class Saturday at 11AM Come see what CrossFit is all about!
Everyone did an awesome job power cleaning yesterday! Tons of PRs! Keep up the great work!
The Whiteboard by CrossFit Verve
What’s the first thing we all do when we get into the gym? I’m talking about after we’ve changed, said hello to our friends, and put all our belongings away. Look at the Whiteboard of course. Maybe you look to see what your friends were able to do or maybe you look to see what the best score, time, weight of the day is.
I have a love hate relationship with the whiteboard. I love it because it’s great to help us track our progress but I hate it because many of us are so concerned with seeing an RX next to our name that we sacrifice certain things to get said RX. Workouts are written and programmed for studs of CrossFit. I’m not talking about the athletes in our gym, I’m talking about the Matt Chan’s, Jason Khalipa, Julie Foucher and Rich Fronings of CrossFit. When we program workouts we design them to have a certain intensity to them and then we scale so that everyone still feels that intensity. Now clearly not all of us can do all the workouts as written and that’s a good thing. We need to scale to keep intensity high, have great mechanics, and get better at movements we need work on. There are many more benefits to the whiteboard, but also some negative aspects as well.
Here are a few good things about the whiteboard as referenced from an article in BoxLife Magazine.
Motivation. The scores your friends or friendly competition put up are great for motivating you and also to give you an idea of how you should approach a workout. Perhaps you see that your friend did a workout at a certain weight. You know that you and your friend are pretty close in strength so seeing her weight might convince you to do a similar weight.
Goals. Writing your score on the whiteboard shows that you’re moving in the correct direction to your fitness goals. A few days we did “Karen” and I heard people saying they beat their previous time by 2 minutes! That’s amazing. Put that on the whiteboard with a big ass PR next to your name!
Now here are few of the not so positives with the whiteboard.
Loss of Focus. Say you’re in a workout and you know what your friends time is. Well what happens if you look at the clock and realize you’re not going to be able to beat his time, what happens? We lose focus and start our brains running, instead of busting your butt to finish the workout and put up your best time possible.
The Whiteboard doesn’t tell the whole story. What if an athlete messed up counting and ended up doing a few more or less reps but that loss of counting was reflected in the time on the board? What if something effected the workout result? We may not know the whole story behind the time listed.
My advice is take the whiteboard for what it is, a board we write your name on and keep track of your score. That’s it. The real question should be how much better are you than the day you began your fitness journey? We try to describe a workout and it’s intended intensity so you can choose how you scale so you get the best workout for you.
6 Squat Snatches (135/95)
12 Pull Ups
24 Double Unders