Following is a letter that I sent out to our students yesterday… and though it doesn’t specifically apply to many of you coming to our blog, it addresses an area that we can all use a reminder of…
I know this is a bit long, but please bear with me – it is important…
One of the tenets of CrossFit is to prepare you for the “unknown and the unknowable,” so that you are ready for anything that life throws at you. Another is to raise your general level of fitness and conditioning across all 10 areas of fitness (strength, flexibility, endurance, stamina, speed, power, balance, coordination, agility, and accuracy). To accomplish these, we (CrossFit LA) incorporate a tremendous amount of variety in our workouts and draw upon movements and skills from a variety of training modalities.
Prior to about 6 months ago, we were doing a good job with this – the workouts in the gym were usually different than the workouts posted on the web site, so that when you came in for class, you wouldn’t necessarily know what to expect. This kept you on your toes – bringing both unknown and variety to your workouts. The only day that we used to give you any clue as to the workout was on Weightlifting Wednesdays.
About 6 months ago, we (the staff and me) made a change in things and started following the website more closely for our workouts in class. Over that time period, we’ve noticed students in increasing numbers “cherry picking” their classes – reading the workout on the website and choosing whether to show up for class based on the posted workout. While on one hand it’s a bit of a relief to know in advance what to expect, this is not in keeping with the spirit of CrossFit. Additionally, avoiding workouts you either “don’t like” or make you “uncomfortable,” has a negative impact on your growth, and development as an athlete. In our program, heavy cleans, snatches and dead lifts are just as important as workouts with a high metabolic component.
So… we are making a couple of changes.
1. While you will continue to see a workout of the day posted on the website every week-day, that workout won’t necessarily be the workout that is done in class that day.
2. Wednesdays are no longer “Weightlifting Wednesdays” – they are the same as every other day of the week. Weightlifting workouts can fall on any day of the week…
I know that some of you won’t particularly like this, but remember that part of my job is to help you do what you need to do for your own good – and this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like it. So, please continue checking the website – and posting your comments as you see fit… and use the workouts as a resource if you’re not going to be in the gym or are traveling… but count on doing something different in class than what is posted on the site… and above all, keep showing up!
5 rounds for time of:
2 pood KB swing, 30 reps
Special, today only… 43 burpees! Get ’em while you can!
Burpees to date – 946