There’s No Shame In Coming In Last: NEVER QUIT
I read a blog yesterday written by a wanna-be fitness coach who is entering her first CrossFit competition soon. One of her stated goals for this competition is to "not come in last." Sigh. Here's what that "goal" says to me about the person who wrote it: she's insecure about her fitness level and doesn't want to look like a loser when everyone else finishes before her. Talk about missing the point - especially since she apparently wants to coach others. There is absolutely no shame in coming in last. And if you think anyone is going to stand there and chuckle at you for doing so, then clearly you haven't been doing CrossFit long enough to understand how amazing the community is. The loudest cheers are always for the people who finish last. We've all been there. We've all been the last to complete a WOD. We've all had that moment of absolute suck with heaving lungs, pounding hearts, and sweat pouring from our bodies. All you want to do is crash to the ground and die. But you don't. You keep going. One rep at a time. Until it's done. People who only do things they're good at aren't growing or evolving as human beings. Staying in your comfort zone is not how you improve, it's how you stagnate. And thinking that coming in last is somehow embarrassing or less than acceptable is silly. Here's how progress works in CrossFit (at least from my perspective. I don't have my L1 yet or anything, lol):
- 1. Learn how to do the WOD (in other words, how to properly and safely do each movement in the workout) scaled to your appropriate level (less weight or reps or rounds than as prescribed).
- 2. As you get better, you scale the WODs less. Maybe you increase the number of reps or the amount of weight or the number of rounds.
- 3. RX the WOD. Now you complete the WOD by doing it with the prescribed amount of weight and reps and rounds.
- 4. RX the WOD and work on the time. Now you start whittling away at your time and try to complete the WODs faster.
- 5. RX+ Maybe that weight isn't challenging anymore. Maybe the rep scheme doesn't fatigue you as much any more. Perhaps you want more rounds. So now you adjust things to increase the challenge.