Gaming and Goal Setting

Gaming gets a bad rap.  Every workout we do has a score and is in essence a game.  It’s part of what makes CrossFit so appealing.  Every time we show up to the gym is a contest to see if we can do better than last time, and maybe even better than the athletes around us.  It only makes sense that we would attempt to devise a strategy to maximize our score, which is really all gaming is.

Too often the term is associated with sandbagging or loafing through a workout.  The reason for this could be poor planning and goal setting.  If your goal score for a workout isn’t set appropriately (too slow, too few reps), it will be easy to pace the workout and hit your target.  This is where gaming goes bad.  Recently I was struggling with this, aiming for scores in workouts that I knew I could get, and not pushing for that something extra.  The key to proper planning for a workout is setting a goal that is challenging, but not out of the realm of attainability or possibility.  Work backwards from there to determine pacing.

As you get more of a feel for your capabilities with each movement you’ll have more of an idea of where you should be from workout to workout in order to plan and mentally prepare.  CrossFit never gets easier, you just get better.  Remember that, and keep aiming high with your goals.

February 10, 2011

Press 5-5-3-3-1-1-1

3 Rounds:
10 Forward Rolls
500m Row

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  2. Push: 55kg PR (10%) – great tips from the dual morning coaches
    Wod: 7:50

    I felt like a clown in this workout, had to put my shoes on half way through after Haley helped tighten my straps. Thanks for the help.

  3. Nice PRs today, guys!

    I’m not sure that anyone is interested in the detail of my one-armed wods, but I do have to give a shout out to our awesome coaches who have thoughtfully modified every single workout (and warmup) for me this week. So thanks. 🙂

    1. Keep posting the 1-arm-WODs! Definitely! They will be an inspiration and valuable resource for the next CFFer to break an arm or wrist while out playing hard…

    2. I know I want to hear your WOD’s. I haven’t been able to go overhead in almost 2 months and I still post all my stuff. I know it helps me stay motivated through this injury and hopefully inspires others as well. Injuries aren’t the end of all this fun.

    3. Well then, thanks for your enthusiasm. 🙂

      10 min AMRAP – 6 rounds + 16
      5 single arm ring rows
      10 KB swings (16kg)
      15 DB push presses @ 30#

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