Last week we did several max lifts and yesterday we ended with a heavy 3 rep Deadlift. For many, this was a new 3 rep max and for some, even heavier than their original 1 rep max Deadlift. So many PRs, so much weight was lifted.
Over the past 10 days the coaches also heard the following:
"yes, it's a PR but it's not heavy."
"It's not what so-and-so can lift."
"It's not CrossFit heavy."
Or "if so-and-so lifted that, I can't possibly lift this weight too."
This is not what we are here for.
What is heavy? What is "CrossFit heavy" Who cares if so-and-so can lift that, you may be able to as well, or even more. Don't play those mind games and compare yourself to others. Each of us signed up for CrossFit to test our own physical and mental toughness. To test our own limits.
The first day in Foundations we talked about "What is CrossFit" and what is Intensity. Remember, a workout's intensity is relative to a person's fitness level. In the beginning, the coach scales the athlete accordingly, then as we learn more skills and movement and form improves, the athlete's intensity level improves (moving faster, possibly with a bit more weight) Athletes also learn how to scale the workouts according to the intent of the workout.
What is a PR? It is a Personal Record. Personal- one person's own record. We will progress at different paces. Continuing to make progress, adding 5 lbs to our lifts each time we do that lift, that is amazing! Each athlete's personal record chart may be having huge mountains of progress or it may be steady inclines. Both are progress, neither one is better than the other.
Some days our bodies feels good, the weights feel light, this is the day! Other days, our bodies may be beat up from not enough sleep, poor nutrition, not taking a rest day, or we may feel mentally exhausted and just want to come in to workout, not focus on hitting a PR or a super fast time. There is not a single day that everyone is aligned perfectly for us all to have a PR day on the same day.
Remember, we are not professional athletes. We don't spend the day working out and recovering. We spend an hour a day working out.
We train for life-the other 23 hours in the day.
We must stop putting the pressure on ourselves when this is something we are doing for health, for stress reduction, for fun, and/or for socializing. It's a workout. That's it.
But when we do get that PR or have an amazing workout, we celebrate the heck out of it!
The coaches are proud of you all, we remember where each of you started. We remember each of you struggling with the air squat or holding the PVC pipe in a front rack position.