Post written by Joslyn T.:
Jay sent me a rather timely link to a CF Journal video not so long ago featuring Rob Orlando talking about ‘form’ versus ‘intensity’. It is an ongoing debate, and great fodder for those outside the CrossFit community to CrossFit-bash when they see poor technique in a WID (of course they only then have to be directed to Rich Froning in open workout 12.2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boRe82OwxU4 which firmly quietens their smugness!)
The video link can be viewed here, but in a nutshell, Orlando talks to one member in particular, of a group from Israel, who makes each movement look perfect, but frankly, could go a little harder at the expense of not looking so pretty. This brings me back to The London Throwdown in January doing Fran. The general feedback I got from those supporting was, that I moved really well. That was great and all, but I was still slower than those that moved less well and attacked it a little more. If I get to a rep that I think is not going to be perfect, I want to stop, reset and catch my breath to get another perfect rep out. Meanwhile, my opponents will have cracked out 3 reps, perhaps a little ugly, but nevertheless 3 more reps.
I’ve asked myself time and time again, why I do this? I guess it’s because I have been working as a trainer for 9 years constantly drilling perfect technique into my clients. I stop them when things get sloppy, we reset, and start again. And it’s definitely a control thing, I love the movement of kipping pull ups for example, but to be clutching onto the bar for dear life, doing an erratic one seems so wrong!!
There is such a fine line, one I am still trying to get to grips with, of how much attack I give it, at go time. Orlando addresses this too in the video. He says the worst thing that can happen, if you push yourself too hard in a workout, is that you stop, recover for a couple of minutes, and then carry on. Of course mentally that makes me say to myself, but if I just keep it perfect, then I can carry on, at a comfortable pace and get the job done. This wouldn’t be a problem, if I didn’t want to compete at a high level. But I do. I’ve realised that I have pre-set the boundaries of where I can get to, rather than discovering them from reaching a really uncomfortable place. So I guess I have to venture out into the world of ‘get ugly’, get myself super uncomfortable, and see what happens.
How do you guys keep going when the going gets tough?
Workout of the day:
20 minute as many rounds as possible:
4 Handstand push-ups
8 Kettlebell Swings 32/24kg