5 Whiteboard Misconceptions That Are Ruining Your CrossFit Experience

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4. Last time we did back squats I did MORE than I did this time! I’m obviously a failure and am losing all my gains.

Last time we did back squats I did MORE than I did this time! I’m obviously a failure and am losing all my gains
Oh, please. The whiteboard is an inanimate thing. It can’t judge whether or not you’re getting better — only you can do that. Maybe the last time you did back squats you had eaten perfectly all day, no cheats, plenty of fats and good carbs to help give you the explosive power to crank out some heavy back squats, but this time you had a rough day at work, got stuck in traffic, got to CrossFit five minutes late and were running on coffee and a protein bar from four hours ago. The whiteboard doesn’t know any of that, so all it’s going to show you is you lifted less this time. Quit being so hard on yourself. Everyone has the occasional day of complete Crap in the Box. Don’t completely disregard it —remember what happened that day and try to avoid those mistakes in the future — but don’t beat yourself up over it either. You’ll have another chance to back squat weight that would put the Hulk to shame.

5. I have something to prove and I’m going to use the whiteboard to do that.

I have something to prove and I’m going to use the whiteboard to do that
No you’re not. Prove yourself out there on the floor. Prove yourself in the final moments of a crushing WOD, as the sweat pours from every crevice of your exhausted body, in the moment when it would be so much easier to quit or to get hit by a car or something.

Prove yourself when you really do lose count of your reps and you start over to preserve the integrity of your workout. Prove it by no repping yourself when you know you didn’t get low enough or get your chin over the bar, even if no one else is watching you and calling you out.
Prove it in the real, tangible progress you make every day that you throw everything you’ve got into being the best athlete you can be. That’s what shows, at the end of the day. After you’ve done that, the number you write on the board is practically irrelevant.

Like what you read? Check out my other fitness blogs, Functionally Fit and Health HabitsFollow me on Twitter at @TheUnlimitedMom.

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