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! 

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