5 Whiteboard Misconceptions That Are Ruining Your CrossFit Experience

Love to Eat? Introducing

Are you passionate about food, nutrition and recipes? Unleash your inner foodie and check out our brand-new site - share your favorite recipes at Nutrition-WOD today!

Page:  1 Next »

5 Whiteboard Misconceptions That Are Ruining Your CrossFit Experience
It’s that time of the day again: the clock finally beeps that your eight minutes of torture are up; you slam the barbell down, sweat raining into your eyes and blurring your vision; and you stumble to the whiteboard. Trying to regain your breath, you do some preliminary analysis: Well, Mike finished 30 seconds faster than me, but then again he didn’t do the Rx weights. Damn, Taylor beat my time! But did she really? I mean, we all know how she “counts.”

CrossFit is as much about the community of like-minded people you get to interact with as it is about being the fittest on earth, or whatever.
The whiteboard is a central part of the CrossFit experience. Whether your box uses a traditional whiteboard with dry erase markers or the fancy virtual ones that chart your progress, it’s been ingrained in you from day one that you record your scores after every workout. It’s probably second nature for you to check the clock as soon as you drop your last snatch to make sure you catch your time, down to the second, so you can get your score on the board and see how you did compared to everyone else.

So you use the whiteboard daily, but do you ever stop to think about what it’s really there for? Here are five misconceptions about the CrossFit whiteboard and some suggestions for how you should really be looking at it.

1. The whiteboard is there so I can compare myself to everyone else.

What is it about CrossFit that makes it so different from other workout programs? Is it the goofy gear you get to wear or the fact that you now have an extensive collection of selfies taken with barbells in the background? I guess it is for some people. But if you ask most people what they love so much about the CrossFit atmosphere, they’ll probably tell you it’s the awesome sense of camaraderie they get to bask in every time they walk in the door. CrossFit is as much about the community of like-minded people you get to interact with as it is about being the fittest on earth, or whatever. So the notion that the whiteboard exists mainly for you to compare yourself to the other athletes is a little contradictory.

Sure, it’s good to have some people whose scores you check to make sure you’re on the right track and you’re giving your best effort, but turning it into an über-competitive platform for being critical of yourself or for bragging about your superiority over others goes against the spirit of CrossFit.
There’s no need to be so tightly wound when it comes to the whiteboard. Relax a little and remember not everything’s a race.

2. I thought I was counting right, but now that I see Timmy’s score I obviously miscalculated. I’ll just say I did the same reps as he did.

Grrr. Stop doing this immediately. Quit using your “inability to count right” to justify cheating. You counted right. For whatever reason, Timmy got more reps. So be it. Be honest with yourself and your fellow athletes and put up your real score. Nobody likes a cheater, and sooner or later — whether it be in competition or just being called out in a WOD —y our buddies are going to realize what you’re up to. It’s much better to be honest than to be embarrassed when competition time comes and everyone is shocked that you couldn’t really do 140 burpees in seven minutes. Be real.

3. Sally did Rx weight, so obviously that means I have to too.

Sally did Rx weight, so obviously that means I have to too

The whiteboard is an inanimate thing. It can’t judge whether or not you’re getting better — only you can do that.
Obviously nothing. Sally might have 30 pounds on you, or she might have started training two years before you’d even heard of CrossFit. Disregard Sally and her superhuman abilities for a minute and focus on you. Are you ready to do the weight or the movement Rx? If you’re on the fence, the best thing you can do is consult your coach. But remember he probably has 100 other athletes so don’t just run up and go, “How much should I lift?” Bring him your most recent numbers for that specific lift or movement and let him know what you’ve done in the past, and go from there. Whatever you do, do it with the confidence that it’s a choice you made based on your abilities. Don’t worry about the choices others made to suit their fitness goals. You don’t need other people’s whiteboard victories to dictate your decisions.

Printable Version
Page 1 2 Next »

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 

Contribute to this story by commenting below:

Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

CrossFit Pulse posted on Facebook

Ladies don't forget to order your tanks this week! Order ends Thursday.

CrossFit On the Square shared a link on Facebook

Be proud of all your accomplishments over the weekend of testing. It was impressive! **Our new MVMNT Striking class starts tonight at 5:15pm: Fitness combined with martial arts in a high intensity 50 minute class. Class is FREE to everyone! Gloves & wraps required.

CrossFit Perimeter posted on Facebook

Best RX times for Weekend WOD: Becky N 28:10 Brandie M 30:10 Robert B 31:10 John C 34:21 Travis T 34:49 David Song 34:51 Ken W 35:00 Brannon S 39:48 Wendy G 40:48 Herb F 42:43 Andy H 46:37 WOD: 800M Run ASP 3 Laps Sled Pull (135#, 90#) 25 DB Burpees (35/25) 25 One arm DB Snatch (35/25) - per side 25 Goblet Squats (45/35) 5 Laps MB Shuttle (20/14) 20 Burpees 20 One Arm DB Snatch 20 Goblet Squats 3 Laps MB Shuttle 15 Burpees 15 One Arm DB Snatch 15 Goblet Squats 1 Lap MB Shuttle

CrossFit Peachtree shared an image on Facebook

Happy Birthday to one of our closest friends!!! Without him, who would we thank for all the fun times at our favorite bar and then blame him for the way we feel the next morning?? Happy Birthday, Dallas!!!! Love, The CFPT Family

CrossFit Indulto shared a link on Facebook

Another good piece!

CrossFit Indulto shared a link on Facebook

Good article on something we talked about this morning in the Oly class

Carolina CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

GRAND OPENING-Today from 4 pm - 8 pm INTRODUCING- Velocity Distance Project (VDP) Multisport Company will be opening its second Columbia store inside Carolina CrossFit (CCF), 1825 Laurel Street. While we won't have all of our merchandise fully stocked, we want to open things up as several CCF members have mentioned they are in need of shoes and other products that we will have in stock. Our opening hours will be: Monday - Wednesday: 10am - 8pm We fully expect to be open six days a week in the future, once we are able to hire sales staff for all of our stores. We will be stocking functional fitness shoes from Altra and INOV-8, Zensah, 2XU and RecoFit compression wear, Feetures socks, fitness apparel, supplements, and sports medicine products. In the future, we will have jump ropes, AbMats, wraps, lifting belts and gloves, CrossFit specific apparel, and much more. We are looking forward to making this store into the area's premier functional fitness-related store and offering many of the hard to find products that fitness athletes purchase. If there are specific products that you would like and already use, and would like the ability to purchase them locally at possibly a lower price, let us know what the products are and we will work on getting them in. For information on products and services contact Dave (Doc) Hale at (803) 338-0502.

CrossFit Smyrna posted on Facebook

Monday Workout of The day 3 Rounds 100x Squats 20x HandStand Pushups 30x Pullups

CrossFit East Decatur posted an article
Molly Eledge published the post Meet the Columnist - What Would John Mack Eat? on Nutrition WOD
[su_pullquote align="right"]I dove into Paleo head-first and haven't looked back since. No cheat...

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV