Cheering Gone Bad

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Today’s Workout

Deadlift – 5-3-1+
Wendler – Cycle 1, Week 3
(75%, 85%, 95% of 90% of 1 RM)

5 round for time of:
8 Burpees
8 Dumbbell Squat Cleans (45/25)One of the things I love about CrossFit is the camaraderie that comes from doing battle next to your peers… not against, but with. The cheering, clapping and encouraging that takes place as a result during a workout is infectiously positive… EVERYONE wants everyone else to finish… and finish strong. But oftentimes when you’re the person at the back of the pack, in the last group to finish or literally the only person on the floor still working out, the cheering can become a hinderance, a reminder that you ARE last, and can a distraction, keeping you from being able to fully concentrate on the task at hand.

I know, because it’s happened to me, recently. I was the last one still working out… last by about 7 minutes… and people were still there, cheering me on. And I distinctly remember feeling silly… I didn’t need cheering, nor did I really want cheering. I was satisfied knowing that I was last, that I was going to finish, and really wanted to just keep to myself, in my own little workout bubble, and battle it out with myself to the end. I tried to maintain this concentration and focus, but the cheering actually made it difficult if not impossible.

As I’m writing this, I’m starting to wonder what YOU think. Do you like cheering and encouragement right up to the end? Does it depend on the workout, the environment? Does it depend on the place in which you are finishing? When, Why and How much do you like it? I’d love to hear from those of you that regularly finish in the bottom half during a class… as well as our fire-breathers… what’s YOUR take on cheering/clapping/encouragement?

Tomas – determination!



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