18 September 2015

Training Vs. Testing

I've been wanting to write about this for a while, because the deeper we get ourselves into CrossFit, the more we tend to confuse these two terms.

The pre-wod anxiety you feel, whether its jitters, extra sweating, butterflies in your belly, or anything else characteristic of nervousness can easily be related to "test anxiety".

When you feel that anxiety it means you're nervous about the outcome of your performance. But here's the thing, we don't want you to be nervous about your performance on a daily basis. It's okay once in a while, when it's test time, sure. But, not on a daily basis. Test days can be scattered throughout the life of your training, but every time you come in to WOD you shouldn't be testing yourself. There's too damn much anxiety to be putting yourself through those feelings every single class.

Instead, your day to day wods should be about training. You should aim to work on the things YOU need to work on, get a good workout, practice the skill of the day the right way and then go home to rest and recover. Your training doesn't need to look like the next person's training. Your weights don't need to be the same exact as the person next to you. If it's not right for your training, then don't do it. It's not always a test.

 Workout of the Day

14 Minute AMRAP (ascending ladder)
1 Box Jump (30/24)
1 Deadlift (255/175)
2 Box Jump
2 Deadlift
3, 3....

I want to know, will you make it a test day or a training day?
Comment below!

 

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Kyle wrote:
One of the biggest things I struggle with. Its my competitive side getting the best of me. I come in and see the scores and want to beat them, then get a little nervous before each wod. Ill have to stop looking at the scores and focus on the training.

Thu, September 17, 2015 @ 9:41 PM

2. kristen wrote:
I'm really quite grateful for this post and appreciate this topic immensely. I often find myself tempted to link performance to self-worth. I have to remind myself everyday I walk in that having a day where I don't do as well as I hoped doesn't mean that I don't belong or that I'm somehow an unworthy person. Sometimes those positive things I write on my motivation board are a great reminder that it's my fitness journey and that I am training for more than a top score on the board or a PR. We have a lot of really amazing hardworking athletes here who often are very successful. How could I not want to be at the top with them? Crossfit shouldn't just be a journey of scores and weights, but should also be about learning to love yourself, the amazing determined person you are inside and the powerful body you have. I find it so gratifying to watch that inner fighter emerge in the people around me when the WOD is some sort of massive scary looing chipper. There is a very palpable tension right before the WOD and comments like "Oh gosh this looks terrible. I don't know if I can do this" "I just want to finish. period" Then the bell goes off and I see the determined set of the face and the body language completely changes. I watch people dig deep into strength they didn't think they had. I like to imagine that we are training how to develop that determination and toughness and be able to use it in life when faced with some other scary looking project.

Thu, September 17, 2015 @ 11:12 PM

3. Chelsea wrote:
Today was definitely about training for me. Heavy deadlifts scare the bejeezus out of me ever since I hurt my back last year. I had to take a second to really think if I wanted to RX the weight or not. I knew I could do it, but wanted to focus on form and making sure I don't have the ever famous stripper butt. I definitely feel pressure to preform well on a daily basis and it takes a lot of will power to not go crazy to get the highest amount of reps. Today was about perfecting my form, fa' sho.

Fri, September 18, 2015 @ 12:42 PM

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