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Jonathan

Any "count-cutting" I do is purely caused by being an innumerate idiot, for the record.

zoe

Train how you live, live how you train. With integrity. That said, what I love about the clock is that it doesn't care who you are, what you did yesterday, what your hopes and dreams are, if your knee hurts, blah blah blah. It is what it is.

DChap

Zoe,

I cannot agree with you more. The instructors, who are no longer with us, would get together away from class, do the WOD and post score that were Rx and 20-30% faster than the people in the classes. One day, I had an instructor "training" and had them do the WOD they did three days before, and all of them were 10-20 minutes slower when held to standards, which they did not meet in terms of ROM or technique. Imagine someone falsifying training records for your co-workers. How good would you feel about that?

There was another issue with a member reporting a score in the 2007 FGB that was 135 points higher than her normal score. I did a surprise FGB a few days after and her score dropped back to normal. We won the prize at the top CF affiliate scoring more points than everyone else. The prize was $5,000 in clothing and equipments for our members. I never claimed it because the one person tainted the win for everyone. So, after that, I started counting her reps during work outs and low and behold, all of her sets and reps were shorted somehow - ROM or actual counts. She was banned from the gym because of other obsessive behavioral issues. Being polite.

We have weeded them out from our gym and I wrote the article to keep people from falling down that same slippery slope.

BrianG

I never thought of the clock whores as a result of having a clock. The first thing I thought would show it's ugly face would be sloppy form. Great article.

Fat Boy

Doug! You are spot on! The injuries we see are from simply those that make the gym their "sport" and those that are more worried about their rank and time instead of whether they are improving their fitness. I am linking this to our website and I am also going to print it and pass it on to each of our members.

Sarah Lewis

Doug,
thanks for the fantastic article. We will be linking to this on our site for all our members to read. Fortunately we have not witnessed this happen...yet. But I am sure it is bound to happen eventually. I think you bring up some great points about CrossFit being about the community of it all rather than the competition. I know that many of our members do mentally compete with the person next to them and that's totally fine with me if that drives them through the WOD. But when this becomes unhealthy and detrimental to the person's form and performance, we as trainers should put a stop to it.

thanks again!
Sarah Lewis
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Sarah Lewis

Doug,
thanks for the fantastic article. We will be linking to this on our site for all our members to read. Fortunately we have not witnessed this happen...yet. But I am sure it is bound to happen eventually. I think you bring up some great points about CrossFit being about the community of it all rather than the competition. I know that many of our members do mentally compete with the person next to them and that's totally fine with me if that drives them through the WOD. But when this becomes unhealthy and detrimental to the person's form and performance, we as trainers should put a stop to it.

thanks again!
Sarah Lewis
Combat Crossfit

McCoy

I was going to say essentially the same thing as Zoe. Train as you fight. I know I will catch grief for this later, but a quote that I turn to for motivation is part of an article entitled "Twitching" by Mark Twight (Gasp!). I think it sums up my feelings on this topic.

"In Dune, Frank Herbert called it 'the attitude of the knife,' cut off what's incomplete and say 'now it has finished, for it has ended there.' So finish it, and walk away, forward. Only acts undertaken with commitment have meaning. Only your best effort matters. Life is a Meritocracy, with death as the auditor. Inconsistency, incompetence and lies are all cut short by that final word. Death will change you if you can't change yourself."

When I leave for my new career one of the biggest things I will miss is this gym. I've done some "window shopping" for CrossFit affiliates at various ports and I've really come to realize how spoiled we truly are. Watching their videos I can't help but think "sure they have great times but Doug would would have my ass if I did my swings/lifts like that."

The one on one attention we receive from our trainers is second to none. However, they can only hold us to a certain degree of accountability, especially with class sizes growing everyday. At the end of the day you are accountable to you and you alone.

When the bullets start flying (literally or figuratively) will it really matter how you performed against your gym mates?

BARBERIC

Excellent article, Doug. I will be posting this on our blog soon. Thanks for calling it out and hope all is well,
Eric Barber
NextGenerationCrossFit.com

Jeremy Jones - Diablo CrossFit

Nicely put.

I dropped a link and some quotes on our blog. Thanks for the eloquent smackdown.

-jj

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