When 100% doesn’t mean 100%

When 100% doesn’t mean 100%

Today’s Workout

800m run
4 min rest
800m run
4 min rest
400m run
2 min rest
400m run
2 min rest
200m run
1 min rest
200m runYou’ve heard it time and again when you walk in the door at CFLA… “give it your all, empty the tanks, leave it all here on the floor.” Let me ask you a question… do you think that means… “throw all caution to the wind, let it rip… go as hard as humanly possible” every time you train? I ask because there are MANY cases in in which I say “give it your all,” and what I actually mean is, “Consider all the important factors of your life today – how your body feels, your injuries, your nutrition, your confidence, your mobility/flexibility, your job, your rest/sleep, your relationships, your stress levels, your kids, your level of hydration – and taking ALL that in consideration, give the workout your all in a way that matches and supports the levels of all those areas of your life.”

If you look at “give it your all” in that context, can you see how much responsibility that we place in your hands when you come to train? I am not a God, nor are our coaches… we can’t possibly know all things about you and your life. When you CrossFit and you “give it your all”… that level of intensity may vary from one day to the next… it may sometimes be 60%, and others be 80%, occasionally it’s at 100%. You may have periods during which you’re never going above 75%. Is that appropriate? That depends… are you going at that intensity intentionally… then yes, it is appropriate.

So, if a coach asks you, “Is that your all?” And you can answer back, “Well, considering all the things going on with my body and in my life… you bet your sweet ass it is.” Then I would say you are absolutely going at the correct intensity, whether it’s your 100% or not.

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