posted August 10

    Now that the Games have come and gone, we’ve had a chance to see the best of the best compete with very strict range of motion and form standards. This is great because it shows us what we can expect in a competition setting. But why only keep these standards for competition? Why not train like this all the time? Then when you get to the competition setting, you’ll be used to doing legitimate work. Too often do we see people who post super fast times on their own come into a competition setting and bonk because they don’t have strict standards, or the gym where they work out doesn’t hold them accountable. This is bad on many levels. From a gym perspective, you’re creating an environment where score is prioritized over form and proper work. From a competition perspective, how can you possibly judge your progress, or your score against another athlete? If 2 athletes perform a WOD as Rx’d, but only one completes full range of motion, they did not do the same workout, and their scores cannot be compared. In fact, the one who did not complete full ROM did NOT do the workout as prescribed, and should not be given credit as such. If you do a workout in 8:00 with sub-par range of motion, and then again with perfect range of motion in 9:00, which is better? There’s no way to compare, because they are not the same.

    So, the next time you’re in the middle of a WOD, ask yourself this: “Would these reps count in competition with a judge watching?” If the answer is no, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Do the reps legit. Make yourself better. Make your score mean something.

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