What if I told you that the most important thing this year was to get a sub 2 minute Fran, RX'd. EVERYONE. And to make that happen, we'd be doing nothing but Fran, every day.You'd be *thrilled*. For maybe a minute.
If I told you that we'd be doing pvc thrusters in our warm-up and nothing but thrusters and pull-ups (21-15-9, of course) you'd start to wonder if I had lost my mind. After all, we go to CrossFit for many things, but a sub 2 minute Fran probably isn't one of them. Sure, we'd take it if it happened...
It would be like me saying that everyday we're going to take a French test. We can tell if our comprehension of language and our vocabulary is improving if our test scores improve over time, right?
The part I forgot to mention is that we're never going to speak French. Or read it. Or study it. We're just going to test, everyday.
Stupid, right? That's no way to master a foreign language.
Well guess what. Trying day after day for that PR, that first pull-up, that muscle-up. It's like taking a test everyday but never studying.
STOP. "Testing" doesn't work. "Studying" does.
After you "study" for a time, you "test" to see where you've progressed to.
The "study" I speak of: lets take that muscle-up. Heading over and yanking on the rings won't get you on top of them. How about working on chest to bar pull-ups, belly-to-bar pull-ups. How are your ring dips? Have you worked that transition enough times that it's automatic? On the low rings? fast? You become proficient at chest to bar pull-ups, a rock solid transition, and from deep-in-the-bottom legit dips -- now you're ready to test out that muscle-up. Go try it. See what happens. It may be there - A+, or it may not. F. If you get an F, go back to studying.
You don't speak French fluently by taking a test.
This "study" "test" principle applies to everything we do. Deadlift. 5K run. Overhead squat. Clean. Handstand push-ups.
Everyday in the gym- study. Every once in a while, we'll spring that pop quiz on you and see how you're doing.
Oh, and no, we're not doing Fran.