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.