Why I Really Hated the Count


A) 4 rounds on the 4
Strict Pullup
B) EMOM 5 @ 75-77.5% of 1RM Sn.
(no rack)
1 Sn. Balance
C) For Reps:
2 min max PC @ 70% of 1 RM


Ol’ skool Games WOD
5 rounds, for time
5 DL 275/185
10 BurpeesWhen I was a kid I hated The Count. You know, the guy on Sesame Street. The one who counts … really … slowly. I hated him. I would literally get up and leave the room when he came on the TV and go stand in the next room until my brother yelled out to me that The Count was finally done. Even at the age of six, I remember thinking, “C’mon already – get on with it!”

Needless to say, patience has been a longstanding project of mine.

So go figure I would gravitate toward CrossFit all those years ago. They count fast in CrossFit, you know. And the better you get, the faster the count is. No deathly, interminable wait for the next number. (Seriously, he even TALKS slowly.)

But there is a different kind of patience in training. A patience in the programming of the workouts. While I might be able to speed my way through a workout, I can’t speed my way through the process. And the program is the process. It literally can’t happen in a shorter time. I can’t change how long it takes for muscle to build. I can’t change how long it takes my fat to burn or my neurons to fire properly. While I can put in the effort that will eventually create the desired change, it … takes … time.

What I can do is show up for every workout in my plan. I can work according to the plan. And I can trust in the plan.

And, thankfully, it’s quite a bit more enjoyable than that horrible Count’s voice too.

Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, OR and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this very moment.

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