Dare to Compete

Workout of the day for Monday September 9th, 2013:

12 min EMOM:
ODD 3 Thursters
Even: 9 Ring Dips

Ten rounds for time of:
7 Burpees
7 Knees to elbows

*Ladies Remember to Sign Up for the CrossFit Roseville Woman’s Gauntlet ASAP so that you can choose your time slot and get a T-shirt! Please sign up soon so that we can organize judges, prizes, and swag bags!




Competition comes from the Greek term “Competare” and means to strive together, to coincide, to agree. Opponents are viewed as co-creators of an experience, and competition as a process of striving with, not against, our opponent. CrossFit, perhaps more than any other sport embodies this sense of respect for competition, often it is noted that the person the most cheered for is the one who finishes last.

The Olympic Slogan, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” is Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger” and has been understood not to mean faster higher stronger than our opponent but simply faster higher stronger, it is a personal challenge that demands strength of character and the will to overcome pain and self doubt—To persevere in the face of obstacles.

Why Compete?

1. Competition provides opportunity for us to test ourselves, to find our weaknesses so that we can modify our training accordingly. We can use competition as an evaluation tool that examines our programming and finds deficiencies in our athletic ability.

2. Competition provides optimal motivation that forces us to raise our game—to perform at our best.

“A training 1RM (single repetition maximum) is always less than a competition Maximum in experienced athletes, because optimal motivation invariably occurs under competitive conditions.”
-Supertraining, Ivan Verkhoshansky

Want to become more competitive?—Evaluate your Current Fitness Level.
To become a more competitive athlete in CrossFit it is as easy as evaluating our weaknesses and programing based on our specific deficiencies.

Simplify: There is no key or magic program. They “Key” is to increase our work capacity across broad time and modal domains.

GPP (General Physical Preparedness): CrossFit seeks to improve your GPP. CrossFit Athletes benefit from the CrossFit prescription: Constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity. Showing up at your box for 1 hour a day 3-5 days a week will work to increase your GPP and keep you on a path towards constant improvement.

CrossFit as a Sport
Approaching as a competitor is a distinction that is going to demand a closer look at targeting our weaknesses in specific ways, spending time evaluating our deficiencies, and spending time training to turn these into strengths. Remember your average high level CrossFitter has a base of Collegiate Sports or 3-5+ Years of CrossFit training.

The needs of every athlete varies by degree and the time spent on an individual’s weaknesses will vary depending on their current fitness levels, how well they adapt to programs, and if the issue is technique or strength/conditioning driven.



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