A1) Paleo Chair, 2 min x 2 sets
A2) Bully Stretch 1 min each arm x 2 sets
20 Box Jumps (24”/20”)
15 Deadlifts (135#/95#)
Rest 1 minutes
-4 Rounds for time, including the rest periods-
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I wrote Going Rxd Doesn't Mean Sh*t probably over a year and a half ago. Since then it has been shared on the CrossFit Affiliate Blog and on many other Affiliate websites. I felt like this would be a good time to share this piece because I know many of our newer members have never had an opportunity to read my thoughts on going Rx. I also decided to go back through it and add a few more thoughts and ideas. Enjoy!
Going Rx Doesn't Mean Sh*t 2.0
By: Coach Ian J. McHugh
OK, now that I have your attention let’s discuss. Going Rx on a workout doesn’t mean sh*t if you are executing the movements incorrectly. Define incorrectly: not moving through the full range of motion, putting yourself into positions that will likely lead to injury, skipping reps, etc.
It is understandable if you are frustrated that you can’t use the Rx weight or execute a particular movement Rx. Use that as motivation to get better. Investing a little bit of your own time outside of the CrossFit classes to work on technique and/or weaknesses will go a long way.
You have to remember that 99% of CrossFit facilities, including CFMG, prescribe movements, weights, and WODs for CrossFitters who posses advanced skills and strength. We are not trying to be elitists, it's just easier to scale workouts down than it is to scale them up.
Let’s answer some FAQs regarding going Rx:
"Will I still have a good workout even if I have to use a lighter weight then what’s Rx?"
You may actually have a better workout. Not only will you be able to execute the movement safely and effectively, you will also be able to move through the full range of motion vs. moving incorrectly. Also, if it is truly a ”lighter weight”, then you should be able to ”blow the doors off” of the workout by getting more work done. I promise that even though you didn't Rx the WOD you'll still be “sizzling bacon” post workout as long as you moved with some intensity.
"How long until I can complete a workout RX?"
One of my favorites, right up there with ”will weightlifting make me big and bulky?” The answer to this question can be complex, but I’ll strive to simplify it by asking you a few questions. Realize this really all depends on the individual. How is your body responding to the current program you’re following? Are you gaining strength? Are you practicing what you’re weak at? Are you following some other program outside of CrossFit? Realize to answer to this question we have to look at a few other factors but it's all going to be relative.
Don't make it your goal to go Rx, make it your goal to move correctly. Overtime, again this is all relative, you will gain strength, muscle endurance, increased work-capacity, and will develop better movement patterns which will in turn allow you to get closer to going Rx. Keep this mantra in mind: "Form First!"
"I am a lot bigger than that smaller guy and he can go RX but I can’t, what’s up with that?"
Well simply put you could just be weaker, you probably don't possess the same level of work capacity, or you do not possess the same skills as that smaller guy. Not putting you down, just realize where you fall on the CrossFit strength/capacity/skill continuum and strive for improvement in all areas of fitness. PRACTICE!
A lot of experienced CrossFitters have developed some pretty amazing muscular endurance and work capacity. This muscular endurance and work capacity allows them to move weights and their own body-weight in conditioning workouts much faster and longer than most others who would normally be considered stronger. Try taking someone who's whole experience in the gym has been built around just strength training and match them up against an experienced CrossFitter in a conditioning WOD like the second workout from the 2012 CrossFit Open Sectional. Even if the experienced CrossFitter has a smaller 1RM snatch than the other person, I can almost garuntee the CrossFitter will come out on top due to their level of muscular endurance and work capacity. (This isn't a stab at people who focus on strength training and not conditioning , I'm just trying to prove a point.)
Chris Spealler = excellent strength to body-weight ratio!
"That weight is too heavy to be RX, right?"
As I stated earlier, we prescribe workouts for CrossFitters who posses advanced skills and strength. It’s OK that the weight may be too heavy for you, but remember there is probably someone who may be able to handle it. Just because you went Rx on one workout doesn’t mean you will be able to do all workouts RX.
It’s OK if you cannot go RX on a workout; I promise you will still have an awesome workout. It’s not the end of the world, just don’t be the one to push the envelope and do something stupid like not moving through the full range of motion, putting yourself into positions that will likely lead to injury, or skipping reps. I highly encourage everyone to seek the advice of their coach, as they should have a good idea of the best decision for you take make regarding whether or not you should go Rx.