Taking a water break – then, and now

Tuesday’s Workout
For time:
100 squats
200m farmer’s carry (55/35)
300m run
40 sit-ups
500m row
40 sit-ups
300m run
200m farmer’s carry
100 squats

…and coming Wednesday
3-3-3-3 Power Cleans
Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:
10 kettlebell swings (24/16)
10 push ups
10 jumping lunges
I wrote a post about 5 years ago that at the time, got the most comments and responses of ANY post that I had written prior to then (Water Break!). The post was about taking a water break during a 20-30 minute WOD. My point at the time was that in a WOD that is relatively short with a known end-point, taking a water break was the equivalent of just letting yourself off the hook, taking a break, pulling yourself out of the intensity and focus of the workout and the moment. I had a lot of people upset by that – who vehemently disagreed with me, and who weren’t afraid to tell me so!

CrossFit certainly has evolved over the past 5 years, but I’m curious, how do you feel about it now? Personally, I feel the same way. Taking a water break in a short WOD is just another strategy that your mind employs to resist the difficulty of the task at hand. Do you need it. Absolutely not. In fact, it may even make you feel worse with that liquid sloshing around in your belly! So I’ll offer the same advice I did 5 years ago – Suck it up! The next time you offer yourself a water break during a 30 minute or less WOD, do yourself a favor and say, “No thanks!”


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