I have been told by quite a few people that I think too much. I over analyze and over strategize in everything I do. I do this at work while planning and I do it at home with I play chess with my son. This over analyzation creeps its way into CrossFit mostly because there are so many different ways to approach each workout. This article will be a glimpse into what goes on in my head when I see a WOD and then a few random thoughts at the end because I have ADD.
When a normal crossfitter sees a triplet they see 3 movements with X amount of reps. They might think about the total reps required but their thinking typically ends there. I see 3 movements, the reps per round, the total reps per movement, the transitions between exercises, where can I push and where do I have to hold back, where should I take planned breaks to avoid death, should I wear a headband for the extra strength, the list goes on.
What I Do
Before 3, 2, 1, go, I have gone through the workout in my head 3-4 times already. This is a simple AMRAP12 triplet but how do you approach it? Personally, I struggle with DU’s. On a good day I can typically string 5-10 together. On a bad day I leave the gym looking like I have just received a lashing with a cat o’ nine tails… I know the DU will be the limiting factor. Front Squats @ 115x10 will be easy and C2Bx10 is the easiest part of the triplet for me. Using this information I formulate a plan and set goals.
The DU’s are just max effort. Get as many as I can in a row, get frustrated…get a few more, get frustrated again until I reach 40. Obviously the plan would be 40 UB but I am realistic and don’t work on this weakness enough to expect this to happen (It’s on my to-do list…). Immediately after the 40 DU, I will transition quickly over to the barbell and squat clean into my first FS (saves time and energy). This is where I start trying to reach my mini goals.
My goal for this particular WOD was to do the FS unbroken in each round. I knew my lack of skill in DU’s would give me sufficient time to recover and ensure these FS were unbroken. Also, 115x10 is a very achievable number and who wants to clean the bar an extra time? (I would not have done this if the weight was 155 or higher. You always have to take your personal capabilities into consideration when setting these mini goals within a WOD.) I also take unnecessarily long breaks when I stop. For someone reason I think I need to completely catch my breath before getting back into it. I have just recently made the groundbreaking discovery that you can still workout while out of breath.
After rep 10 I head over to the rig for C2B. I enjoy anything on the pullup bar so these are fun. My goal would be first round UB and then 5-5 for each subsequent round. I have recently acquired butterfly C2B so doing the first round UB would be for some confidence and the rounds after would be more of a strategy to ensure I didn’t go back into DU’s too hot. I am bad enough while fresh so I wouldn’t want to add any additional layers of difficulty.
Am I thinking too much? Maybe, but CrossFit appeals to me for many reasons, one of them being the strategy involved in team/partner/individual workouts. I know some of you are shaking your head because you don’t think nearly this much about your workouts. You simply go and that works for you. I approach almost all workouts like this and as my fitness improves I change my strategies and learn my limits. I surprise myself one day and disappoint myself the next day but each day there is progress made which is why almost all of us do CrossFit.