To RX or not to RX...that is the question! I love this question. Whether it's for the CrossFit Open or if it's for our normal everyday training, it's important that you are asking and it's important that you get the correct answer! When you are in training, the ENTIRE point of the workout is to get a particular response from your body from the workout. If you go too heavy, then you move to slow and intensity is down. If you go to light then the strength element and the muscular endurance segment isn't there in the correct amounts. It doesn't matter IF you can do the weight int he workout, it matters how many times you can do the weight in the workout. By design, our workouts are set so that the best of the best could do the workout and get the same basic response you do by you doing it at YOUR correct weight and movements. This means there should be a relatively close correlation between the top scores and your score in reps, round and time. But this is in training. For competitions, and let's take the OPEN, I almost ALWAYS will say go RX. Why? Is it that whole Crossfit is about going too heavy and getting hurt? Not at all. It's about testing yourself. For many in the OPEN, there are movements and weights that they haven't done yet. So the tendency is to not go RX. I say you have been granted an opportunity to see if you can do something you have never done before. How often have you taken 8 minutes to just work on your very first Toes to Bar, or Double Under, or a Clean at a particular weight? What about a Pull-up, or a Muscle-up? I see it so often that people go WAY beyond what they ever thought possible in these situations. So why set the bar low and go Scaled? Were you afraid you wouldn't get a good workout? You get that each and every day! If you take a day to put all your energy into trying something that you have never done then the outcomes are usually amazing: either you get it or you got MUCH closer than you ever have before! And this is a win! If you really NEED to have a workout, then jump in another heat and do it scaled afterward. But this is the difference between training and competing (or we can call it testing). Both are important and needed for different reasons. Know them. Live them. Love them!:)
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