Most of the CrossFit Games Qualifiers are now over. Being as addicted as I am, I have been following most of the action via the CF Games blog. As such, I have a few observations and general commentary as a result of this knowledge. Be advised that this post is not directed to anyone specifically, but everyone!
I have been CrossFitting for about a year and a half. As a result, the first and foremost thing that I’ve taken in to consideration during my WOD’s is form, technique, and counting my reps. Actually, I’ve prided myself on these characteristics. And I think you should too.
As I’ve read through most of the discussion on the CF Games site, it appears that even the top athletes have had a few (or even several) reps discounted due to inconsistent or improper form. To those athletes, I say congratulations. Frequently, the movements were relatively new and the competition was fierce. If you shorted a few front squats in a workout that involved forty-five, congrats. You were pushing yoursef to the max, or better yet, Forging Elite Fitness.
However, if you’re a casual CrossFitter at your local affiliate, I don’t have sympathy for you. (Actually, I might, as this will help me acieve my aspirations for the 2010 CF Games if you’re sacrificing form when I’m not!). The reason is that YOU KNOW THE STANDARDS OF EACH LIFT/MOVEMENT, SO ADHERE TO THEM. If you’re “a little high” in your front squat, “a little short on you pull-up”, or a “a little short on your kettlebell swing”, you’re only hurting yourself. (Remember that little motto, “Consistency in the movements, and THEN consistency in intensity?)
With each and every CrossFit movement, I had the mentality that I should perfect my technique before I perfected my time/load. I feel that this has served me well in my desire to pursue competition among the elite CrossFitters.
Next year, at the Qualifier, when they post 21 deadlifts I hope to do only 21, and not 32 because I didn’t have the proper form/technique. If you’d like, come to the Qualifiers next year. Someone else will be judging us, and I hope I only have to do 21!