Thoughts about PRs
We worked to heavy singles this week on our Olympic lifts. The goal in these sessions was to achieve a heavy lift cleanly, but not necessarily set a record. We, as coaches, are more interested in your technique than what weight is on the bar. We’d much rather see someone clean 185# with beautiful form than clean 250# on their toes, back rounded, looking like a dog pooping!
While some people did set personal records (PRs) this week, some people left the gym bummed out after not achieving one. There are lessons in our failures. So, I give you my thoughts about PRs.
Not every day is a PR (actually, most days are not). When you first start CrossFit, you PR a lot. Everything is new and you improve quickly. PRs typically happen less frequently the more seasoned you become. Attack each day in the gym as practice, an opportunity to build.
PRs don’t happen without hard work. You can’t avoid a movement or skip out on necessary mobility work and expect to do your very best. Every movement in the gym translates to another – wall balls build front squats; front squats build squat cleans, etc…think about your movement and work at moving well in everything.
Not every PR is pretty (aka technically sound). Ugly PRs are hard to repeat and are dangerous. Worry more about perfection in your movement under a medium-heavy load than achieving a horrendous-looking max lift.
PRs aren’t “everything.” The hours spent outside the walls of the gym – your real life – is what really count. So, don’t let a bad training day ruin your mood.
When they do happen, PRs are fun! So, celebrate even the smallest victories. Ring that bell – you worked for it!
Bonus tip: If you feel frustrated by the lack of a PR, stay away from social media…everyone and their grandmother posts a status update and/or tweet about their PRs every .0005 seconds. Jeesh.
Workout of the Day:
Back Squat – 2 x 5 @ 70%
Jerk 5×1 DEMO VIDEO
Three rounds, each for time of –
75 m Prowler 140/90
200 m sprint
10 toes to bar
7 front squats 155/105 (no rack)
– rest/recover between all-out efforts