Whiteboard: Friend or Foe?

One of the great things about CrossFit is the community you build that pushes you to be the very best version of yourself. 

And one way to track your progress is by inputting scores into a whiteboard so you can see improvement through data. 

But the existence of the whiteboard is a catch-22.  

One day it’s your best friend, displaying your accomplishments for all to see and showing real progress in black and white. 

The next day, it’s your worst enemy because it puts pressure on you to better your score from last time, whether that means adding more weight to the back squat or pushing you to complete one more round of pistols.  

Indeed, the whiteboard is both a blessing and a curse. 

As box owners, we have seen athletes short-change themselves by doing questionable movements (and counting them as a rep) just to put bigger numbers into the system. 

If we didn’t track our numbers, that same athlete might focus less on quantity and more on the quality of their movements. This would lead to better results now and higher numbers down the road. 

On the flip side, some athletes might be tempted to scale back weight to input a faster time, but then do the same weight next time for less reps. 

We let our egos get the best of us in order to ascend the whiteboard leaderboard, which comes with a cost of less focus on technique and more on inflated numbers. 

Don’t do this.  

The only person who is going to judge your whiteboard score is you.  

To let you in on a little secret, nobody else is paying attention to your score, even if they do “like” it in the Wodify app.  That’s the community’s way of showing encouragement. 

When it comes to the results of your workout, tracking them is necessary to show improvement, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of seeing real progress in your CrossFit movements.  

Like our mobile devices, electronic whiteboards are a necessary evil, but they don’t need to hinder your advancement.  

Are you ready to be awesomer? Schedule a free 1 on 1 consultation today! 

Three CrossFit Myths, Debunked

If you’re thinking about starting CrossFit, you have no doubt been exposed to some of the myths associated with this form of exercise.

From being a cult, to being only for world-class athletes, CrossFit has had to battle its fair share of detractors on a regular basis, and that’s before someone even steps foot in a box.

Even one of the local Detroit radio shows (which we love, by the way) has added to the skepticism surrounding this type of workout.

But we know that once someone has been to a CrossFit workout, those fears fall by the wayside.

Unfortunately, it’s an uphill battle showing people who could benefit from CrossFit that their fears are unfounded.

So, in the spirit of giving someone thinking about starting CrossFit some peace of mind, here are three common CrossFit myths, and why they are wrong.

  1. CrossFit Is A Cult

CrossFit is certainly not a cult.

But like anything that’s popular, there will be haters, and CrossFit is no different. This is why a myth has emerged portraying CrossFit athletes as members of a cult.

That could not be further from the truth.

It’s true we enjoy each other’s company and often get together when it’s not a WOD or Metcon, but so do office colleagues.

What we are is a community of like-minded people who encourage others to become the best versions of themselves through regular fitness and a willingness to step outside of their comfort zone to get in shape.

  1. You Will Get Rhabdo From CrossFit

Rhabdomyolysis (or, “rhabdo”) is a serious, sometimes fatal, injury caused by working out at a high intensity.

It’s also extremely rare.

While we do want our athletes to push themselves, the beauty of CrossFit is that each workout is scaled to allow the athlete to proceed at their own pace.

Our staff of coaches is properly trained and certified to ensure each athlete works out at their own pace in a safe and supervised environment.

Your mother always said you would get sick if you ate too much chocolate, and the same goes for CrossFit: everything in moderation.

  1. CrossFit Is Only For Serious Athletes

If your only frame of reference to CrossFit is the CrossFit Games, then we can totally see why you might think this is true. (Sara Sigmundsdóttir intimidates us, too.)

But CrossFit was created to help everyone get fit and healthy, no matter their prior workout history.

CrossFit is truly for everyone.

If you give it real effort, you will see, over time, that your body is reacting positively to regular fitness, even if you will never be at the level of the athletes in the Games.

And that’s okay.

We embrace anyone who is committed to improving their health, with none of the pressure.

If you want to get in the best shape of your life, schedule your free consultation today!

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