Aretha let us know how important it is and I’m certain that you all work hard in your jobs and daily life to attain the respect of your co-workers, bosses, friends, family and significant others. Why should your time in the gym be any different? In my humble opinion, you can win all the medals, trophies and podium finishes you like, but if you don’t have the respect of the athletes around you, you have nothing. I would rather finish last in a workout and retain the respect of my fellow athletes, than finish first knowing that people thought that I didn’t put in the work.
I have spent most of this blog talking about how cheating reps and movement standards affects you personally, but guess what? It’s not just about you. A loss of respect doesn’t just hurt you individually, it hurts the entire gym. It ruins the relationships we work hard to build, it tarnishes our image as a dedicated, passionate, and quality group (which Phil and I know you all are!), and it breaks down the sense of trust built through the feeling that we are all in it together as a community. And as you know, community is the most important part of CrossFit. It’s the glue that holds it all in place.
Phil and I are your coaches and not your parents. We cannot (and will not) stand by your side and count every rep for you as it’s not fair to the other athletes that need our feedback and encouragement. We are relying on you to be diligent and honest. We know that, as you get fatigued in a workout, the basic act of counting is pretty damn challenging and sometimes miscounted reps are a genuine mistake. If you need a whiteboard to count your reps and rounds, grab one before the workout begins. Think you’ve only done 8 reps, but maybe you did 10? Do 2 more, just in case. Unsure of what the movement standards are or if you’ll be able to hit them for the entire workout? Get advice from your coach. IT WILL ONLY MAKE YOU A STRONGER ATHLETE IN THE LONG RUN.
I am proud of the group of athletes we have at CrossFit 1864, impressed and humbled by the work you all put in, and love watching our community grow stronger with every day. Let’s keep that going by being honest with yourself and being honest with others.
Now go forth and smash it!