Part 1 of 2
Would you climb halfway out of a hole? Would you stop halfway when crossing the street? Climbing halfway out of a hole is a hell of a lot easier than having to climb ALL the way out though, isn’t it? Damn right. How about the street thing? That’s not even hard, but maybe you just don’t feel like taking those last 5 steps. Yeah, neither of those makes much sense. The results in both cases are binary: you’re either out of the hole or you’re not; you either cross the street or you don’t. It’s as simple as that.
Every movement in CrossFit has the same binary quality: either it counts or it doesn’t. Look at them like crossing the street – if you don’t get all the way across, you haven’t crossed anything. That’s how you should treat every movement in CrossFit: unless you do it all the way, bottom to top, every single time, it doesn’t count. The top half of a pushup is not a pushup. The top half of a squat isn’t a squat. If you’re going through all the trouble of doing the workout in the first place, then do the whole workout, not just the top half of it.
Keep in mind, this rant is not about technique…I’ll save the technique rant for another time. This one only deals with what counts as a valid rep and what does not. The message here is that “almost a pullup” does not count, even if that “almost-pullup” comes after an unbroken string of 49 perfect ones. But if that 50th pullup is the ugliest squiggling monstrosity ever attempted in the history of pull-ups, it counts as long as it starts with locked out arms at the bottom and ends with their chin over the bar. Otherwise, it ain’t no pullup.
To Be Continued…
SCHEDULE ALERT (again): Check the updated schedule for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday. There will be NO 4:30pm class on Friday. The Friday 5:30 and 6:30pm classes will be run by Mike, who has asked me to mention that he will be here as soon as he can after work (usually right at 5:30) and that he will be happy to stay late if there are people around.
Weighted Pullups 3-3-3-3-3
Tabata “Fight Gone Bad” (20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 8 times) for each of the following:
Sumo Deadlift High Pull [Men – 75# | Women – 55#] Box Jumps
Push Press [Men – 75# | Women – 55#] Rowing (for calories)