The Rx Mentality by Coach Kevin
Here are three thoughts on making the jump to completing WODs “as prescribed”:
Thought #1: Not Rxing is not an option for some people!
People that know me and train with me know that in my mind, there is only one option: Rx. Since the first day I walked in the box and CrossFitted, I told myself “If I am going to be good at this, I have to push myself 24/7.” Every workout, every day, every time. As your coach, I will also prefer you to Rx, especially if you have the ability. I’d rather have you try 3 handstand push-ups of the 10 listed for Rx, than be content with doing 10 on a box. Case in point, about 6 weeks ago an athlete could do just a few HSPU, but not the amount listed. I encouraged her to do so but instead she was able to do the total amount completing the entire WOD as prescribed! She would not have tried had I not pushed her to the edge. If you always Rx, you can always do more weight. Right Chad?
Thought # 2: Making the jump – move to the edge!
You can always go down in weight, but people never go up in the middle of a workout. How many times have you looked at the board and after the WOD, say to yourself, “That wasn’t so bad?” Of course, there are times when they are much worse. If you never try, you always fail. If you have been CrossFitting for 6 months or more, your core is solid and you have built up some strength. Try this: find a WOD you THINK you can Rx and give it a shot. If you have to come down in weight, do so. Even if you don’t finish, the effort is worth it in gold. You will walk out of the gym with your chest a little higher and I’ll send you props until the cows come home.
Thought # 3: Too much to lift!
There are times when the Rx weight is a challenge; even for us who constantly go as prescribed. You look at the board, but the weight or reps are overbearing or it’s just too heavy for you. Two simple suggestions. # 1 – Start with the weight. Peel off the pounds as you go through the WOD. The coaches will help you. Coaches love nothing more than a person who steps up to the plate and at least swings the bat. # 2 – Do more reps at a lower weight. You probably will hate yourself MORE for doing this than trying the extra weight, but a coach will never tell you that you cannot do more reps. This suggestion is particularly useful during a time-priority workout (think AMRAP). You can drop the weight a little and crush the reps.
Have a great time in the gym folks. Give Rxing a shot!