It’s a test, and it’s designed to measure what’s there, not create something that’s not.
The above quote was taken from the The CrossFit Total which first appeared in CrossFit Journal Issue 52. Mark Rippetoe was discussing safety precautions to be taken when performing the CrossFit Total, such as don’t be stupid, don’t be greedy, and don’t be pig-headed, but I think if heeded, the quote above will do the trick.
For some context, the CrossFit Total involves making one rep max (1RM) efforts in the back squat, press, and deadlift in succession, in one lifting session. The athlete’s score is the combined total of all 3 lifts. Thursday we’re only maxing out the deadlift, that means attempting to pick as much weight as possible from a static start on the ground. It’s a test. If you’re not completely comfortable with the deadlift yet, that’s OK. Practice great technique, and see how much weight you can move for 1 rep while maintaining damn near perfect form. It’s alright if tomorrow’s not your day. Recognize it, take pride in your discretion, and don’t push it. Remember, it’s a measure of where you are at that very moment. You will continue to progress, and there will be more opportunities to prove it.
December 15, 2011
Strength: Deadlift 5-5-3-3-1-1-1-1