The below was originally posted almost a year ago, coincidentally the last time we ran “Nicole” as a workout. That time was on a Saturday and poor Jake was the only soul who showed up, left to run by himself. For those of you new to the gym, you may be unfamiliar with the term “WOD shopper”. This is the post where it originated at CFI and in the original comments, many guilty consciences had excuses aplenty why they didn’t make it. I’m proud to say we had quite a strong showing yesterday despite the fact some of you were daunted when you looked at the posted workout.
Time for a little tough love…
One of the principles of CrossFit is that the programming is based upon “constantly varied, functional movements”. The reason for this is to both shock the system to force adaptation and to also become proficient in each of the 10 fitness domains. We try to incorporate that ideal here at Intrepid in both our strength lifts, and to a greater degree with our WODs. Unfortunately, it seems that some of you may be doing yourself a disservice by being “WOD shoppers”. Ruth posted about attacking your goats and based on the response whenever we have running on the board, it is a common goat. In another older post, Ruth offered up the words of Brian Mackenzie: “There’s a reason you don’t like running. You suck at it.”
Just as with attacking any other goat, the only way to get better at running (drumroll please) — is to run. It’s part of the reason the 400m run is part of the May Challenge, since we trainers want to help you see improvement in your run times. But if you choose to avoid the gym on days when you don’t like the movement, you won’t see that improvement and you will continue to dread it. So we trainers have a dilemma — how do we help you help yourselves? Perhaps it’s to not post the WOD until after the day is done. That way if you make the effort to show up and yet STILL choose to turn tail and walk out the door, you know you have more serious issues to deal with than that dreaded movement.