Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. This is Justin LoFranco, your Editor-in-Chief, to bring you a quick wrap-up of the major news items throughout the week. Today’s edition is brought to you by the Wodapalooza Online Challenge & Qualifier.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Why Are You Still Using RX?
By Alyssa Rose
Do you know why you are still using RX?
When I ask that in coaching workshops, I usually get a gym full of people looking at me as if I were eating kittens, then a bunch of tilted heads, then shrugged shoulders. Then the rueful admission that they have no idea why they are still using RX. Just, well, isn’t that what CrossFit is? That’s what we’ve always done.
Sure, when we opened Rocket CrossFit, we used RX just like everyone else. After about three years, we realized that RX wasn’t a useful tool for building community, so we started shying away. About a year after that we realized (embarrassingly late, really) that RX isn’t useful in training either.
Why? Because we are a GPP gym. Our mission as a gym is to help the largest number of people be the fittest they want to be. But those people are all different, they’re all starting in different places, and they all have different goals.
As it turns out “one size fits all” actually fits almost no one. Not only does it’s one-sizeness make it meaningless, it also undermines community, which is what most CrossFit gyms claim to be about.
If RX weights were a good training goal, other strength-based sports would use them. But can you imagine a world-class weightlifter getting a program that says “5 back squats at 95 pounds” rather than “5 back squats at 85%?” It would never happen. Because the goal of training is to find an intensity at which strength is increased and risk is decreased, for that athlete. Training requires individualized targets, competition requires standardized targets. What we do in the gym is training, not competing.
Jeff Cain, the CEO of CrossFIt, Inc. submitted his letter of resignation and will be stepping down from his position on September 1. Cain took over the position from Greg Glassman in 2017, and is the most recent in a string of top brass to exit the company in recent months including the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer.
For One Health Coach, Her Advice Cost Her Freedom of Speech
Heather Del Castillo was living in Florida, coaching CrossFit and running her own health coaching business when she received a cease-and-desist order, was fined $750, and threatened with jail time if she continued providing nutritional advice.
Cutting the field to ten after Saturday’s sprint was arguably the talking point of the Games, and many athletes and critics discussed whether sprints were the best way to test for such a significant cut. Names like Ben Smith, Pat Vellner and Julie Foucher weigh-in on the sprint event as a defining moment.
Physical toughness is the ability to keep working when you are tired, dealing with pain, or being challenged. You get physically tougher by working each day to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Physical toughness affects mental toughness. So how do we improve mental toughness?
Twenty-Three Surgeries Later, this Teen Gets to WOD with her Mom
At ten-years-old, Sadie Shipp was helping her mom move into their new home when she was hit by a car, breaking both legs and requiring twenty-three surgeries in total. Sadie went from learning how to walk again to attending Emerald Coast CrossFit in Panama City, FL every day after school.