Rx Perspective

TUESDAY

This was a post made by Chuck Bennington, affiliate owner and member of the CrossFit Gymnastics coaching staff. His perspective was very refreshing to hear and a good reminder to both coaches and athletes who love CrossFit.

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Perspective: If you’ve been in CrossFit as a sport and community for a significant amount of time, you remember when being able to “RX” a WOD was an aspirational goal, not a default expectation.
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Early on, most of us scaled most of the workouts, most of the time. We would knock out the 
@crossfit “Mainsite” or “Mothership” WOD to the best of our ability, and then our load/time/reps/rounds would “Post to comments” on crossfit.com, with what scales or substitutions we used to preserve the intent of the programming.
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In 2006/2007 it was not uncommon that a higher skill or heavier load WOD would have LITERAL handful of fire breathers earn the right to post “RX” next to their score.
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Being able to RX specific Girl and Hero WODs were goals that guided much of the fitness journey for significant amounts of time. I spent years working toward my goals of RX “Isabel”, “Nate”, and “Nasty Girls”.
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As a coach and affiliate owner, I have absolutely heard the groans of an RX piece of programming being “too hard” many times.
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On the interwebz I have certainly read and continue to read complaints of the same nature.
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Change your perspective.
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If the RX isn’t considerably difficult, how are we supposed to forge elite fitness as a community?
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If everybody can do everything as RX, then it’s not special. It has no sense of achievement or accomplishment. Nobody is forced to set goals. Nobody has a higher level of fitness to work to.
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Part of what drew me to CrossFit was that there was no limit, no plateau. There was always something to work on and reach for.
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There’s no shame in the scaling game, it’s part of the journey.
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No achievement of significance is ever easy. And when you reach it, you’ll be glad it wasn’t.
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If you’ve been around for a while, what was the first RX WOD that was a huge personal goal for you? How long did it take to hit?
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