RX or not RX?

The workouts at Black Hills CrossFit are designed to challenge everyone who walks into the gym, including our best and fittest athletes. Sometimes the WOD will be so difficult (in terms of weight or complexity of movements, or both) that only a few people can do it as prescribed. That is as it should be. It makes more sense to scale workouts down, rather than to force advanced athletes to scale them up. Plus, the athletes who are able to complete difficult WODs as prescribed show us what we are all capable of. It’s inspirational.

Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t able to RX it. You should still be able to get a great workout, even if you aren’t able to do every part of it as prescribed. Everyone is at different points on the path toward elite fitness.

It’s important to always challenge yourself to do the best you are able to do. But it’s even more important to be aware of your limitations. Check your ego at the door. There are times when all of us, for any number of reasons, should admit that today just isn’t the day to go for the RX. You know better than anyone when that time is; don’t rely on someone else to tell you.

In the end, the RX really doesn’t matter that much. As long as you’re doing your best, you’re doing the workout as prescribed.

8 Responses to “RX or not RX?”

  1. Non Crazy Kelie

    It was not until Justin made Double Unders RX that forced me to finally learn them 🙂 There has also been time that the RX pushed me to do things that I did not think I was capable of! However there are times when RX is not possible or the weight is too heavy and that is when you listen to the trainers and scale according to your ability and then work on it so next time you can RX 🙂

  2. Steve

    And never sacrifice form and fundamentals for Rx! It impededs your success in the long run…

  3. Ed Dunnigan

    Your ego and pride will get in your way. I know I had to have a long talk with myself in order to quit worrying about what others would think and do the work.

  4. "Crazy" Kelly

    The Crossfit Mindset:

    I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best that I can.

    If I can run, I run. If I have to walk, I walk. When I am forced to crawl, I crawl. And then I rest and live to fight another day.

  5. Kai

    It took me a year of crossfit to be able to RX workouts consistently, and I don’t RX every WOD today.

    The RX is a nice thing to aspire to. If it wasn’t so challenging, it wouldn’t be as good a motivator.

    But the the crossfit sessions I feel best about are the ones I know I gave it my best, when I really tried my hardest, not necessarily the ones I RX.

  6. Paul

    First off, let me say that I miss BHCF like crazy! It’s my favorite gym with my favorite people and always will be.

    I have gotten to observe some of the Crossfit “culture” here at my new gym. Part of that culture includes accepting the programming for what it is (which can include movements/weights that 90% of the class can’t do), and the athletes/coaches making the right decisions for each respective athlete. A lot of scaling of weights and movements occurs. It’s never a knock if you can’t get RX, just motivation to improve and stay hungry as others have said.