The Misunderstood Whiteboard

  2018-08-17 10:00AM

Most CrossFitters are familiar with the whiteboard experience. The coach gathers the class by the board to brief everyone on the work for the day. Many athletes check out the top scores for the day while others ruminate over the Rx standards for the WOD. The whiteboard is an integral part of the CrossFit experience. Whether you’re using the traditional whiteboard with dry erase markers or the virtual ones that chart your progress (or both) it’s been ingrained in you from day one that you record your scores after every workout. Seasoned CrossFitters are programmed to make sure to catch their time, down to the second, right before they fall to the floor. This will ensure they can get their score on the board and see how they did compared to everyone else. While the whiteboard is essential, it can be misunderstood and misused. Here are a few reasons why:

It can be competitive, but it’s not a competition. While friendly competition can help drive progress in the gym, CrossFit is more about being a part of a supportive community. It’s definitely beneficial to have some people to compare scores with, but making it a super competitive platform for being critical of yourself or for bragging goes against the spirit of CrossFit.

You can’t use someone else’s score. Maybe you lost track of counting your reps midway through the WOD, but just because you think you have the same level of fitness as your friend doesn’t mean you can use his or her score for the whiteboard. Hold yourself accountable, count your reps, and above all else, be honest! At the end of the day, it’s better to be truthful, even when it is painfully humbling.

Just because your friend did it Rx, doesn’t mean you also have to. Are you ready to do the weight or the movement Rx? If you’re unsure, the best thing you can do is ask for a recommendation from your coach. Whatever you do, do it because you are confident that it is the best decision for yourself and your fitness. Everyone is on their own, individual journey so don’t get caught up using other people as your markers for success.

Not hitting your old PR doesn’t make you a failure. Maybe the last time you did back squats you had eaten perfectly all day, had a great night of sleep, and had your training partner pumping you up to help give you that extra push to hit some big weight. This time you had a rough day at work, got stuck in traffic, got to the box late, and didn’t eat any food all day. The whiteboard can’t differentiate for situational factors. Don’t let an off day discourage all your hard work and progress!

It’s not a proving ground. In the end, your daily scores on the whiteboard don’t mean much. What matters is the persistent and diligent hard work that you put in day after day at the box. What matters is how you treat people at the box, regardless of ability or status. What matters is how you hold yourself in both victory and defeat. Prove yourself in the real, tangible progress you make every day despite setbacks, frustrations, or obstacles.


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