By Huy Ho
Recently, Coach Aliy and I had a discussion about personal goals and PRs. It turned out, we share a mutual feeling when it comes down to PRing in WODs. She encouraged me to write this up, so here we go fam.
But first, let it be known that I never consider myself a “pro” CrossFitter nor would I try to be one. I’m just a small town boy who enjoys trash talking at the gym, probably a bit too much.
It’s safe to say that we all love getting new PRs. We most likely get a lot of these in our first year of doing CrossFit (aka the “noob gainz period”). It is exciting to be able to Rx some WODs for the first time, and then shave off your time over the months. However, at some point, we get less and less of these, or worse, none at all. I struggled a lot when this “plateau period” first hit me. The more I tried to beat my old times, the more frustrated I got (imagine me swearing in 7 languages). It started to suck out the joy of going to classes for me, it was time to change it up.
I stopped chasing PRs and started to focus on doing WODs more efficiently. For example, my best time for Fran is around 6 minutes, I would get absolutely murdered if I try to get close to this time again. But if I slow down, focus on the breathing, timing my rest, linking reps together better rather than going all out etc… I would finish it on a much better note. On average, I would allow myself 7 minutes to do Fran, which is fast enough to feel the heat, but slow enough to not feel like four hundred and twenty-nine elephants squatting on my chest. To my surprise, I slowly got new PRs, here and there. But more importantly, my overall technique improved as well.
So the next time you do a repeated WOD, maybe try having a good strategy and take some extra time to perfect those movements. If you are hitting your plateau, I believe you have trained long enough to know how to push yourself, slowing down slightly won’t hurt your progress.
I hope this gives you some new perspective on your own training, one way or another. Just a thought.
Play safe, stay hydrated, keep calm and… WOD on.
Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored by CrossFit Soul Rebel, please tell Breeny to shout me some fancy dinner. A man gotta eat.