100′ Bear crawl
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100′ Handstand walk
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What’s the first thing we all do when we get into the gym? I’m talking about after we’ve changed, said hello to our friends, and put all our belongings away. Look at the Whiteboard of course. Maybe you look to see what your friends were able to do or maybe you look to see what the best score, time, weight of the day is. We always keep the previous days workout on the board so you can look and see how you and your fellow Verve members did.
I have a love hate relationship with the whiteboard. I love it because it’s great to help us track our progress but I hate it because too many are so concerned with seeing an RX next to our name that we sacrifice certain things to get said RX. Sounds very similar to a few recent posts discussing intensity, doesn’t it? When we program workouts we design them to have a certain intensity to them and then we scale accordingly so that everyone still feels that intensity. Now clearly not all of us can do all the workouts as written and that’s a good thing. We need to scale to keep intensity high, have great mechanics, and get better at movements we need work on, before we start worrying about being able to do a rep scheme or weight for a particular workout. There are many more benefits to the whiteboard, but also some negative aspects as well.
Here are a few good things about the whiteboard as referenced from an article in BoxLife Magazine.
Motivation. The scores your friends or friendly competition put up are great for motivating you and also to give you an idea of how you should approach a workout. Perhaps you see that your friend did a workout at a certain weight. You know that you and your friend are pretty close in strength so seeing her weight might convince you to do a similar weight.
Goals. Writing your score on the whiteboard shows that you’re moving in the correct direction to your fitness goals. We love seeing PR’s next to your names. Doesn’t matter if it’s a lifting PR or a workout PR. The PR still shows that you are making gains in your fitness and that’s something to be proud of.
Now here are few of the not so positives with the whiteboard.
Loss of Focus. Say you’re in a workout and you know what your friends time is. Well what happens if you look at the clock and realize you’re not going to be able to beat his time, what happens? We lose focus and start our brains running, instead of busting your butt to finish the workout and put up your best time possible.
The Whiteboard doesn’t tell the whole story. What if an athlete messed up counting and ended up doing a few more or less reps but that loss of counting was reflected in the time on the board? What if something affected the workout result? We may not know the whole story behind the time listed.
My advice is take the whiteboard for what it is, a board we write your name on and keep track of your score. That’s it. The real question should be how much better are you than the day you began your fitness journey?
I personally haven’t done too many workouts lately as my focus has been on strength. My overall fitness has taken a step back, but that was my plan so I’m okay with it. When I start joining classes and doing the workouts, I’m going to scale them so that I can keep my intensity very high. Once I’m happy with where I am, then I will begin to scale up and ultimately start doing all the workouts I can Rx. If I notice my intensity is lacking because I tried to much to fast, I’ll scale down again. That’s the give and take and there’s nothing wrong with it. We all have limitations and it’s important to understand what they are and realize that it’s a long process.
What are you thoughts on the whiteboard? Love it? Hate it? Let’s hear it.