You may have noticed that we recently simplified our method for writing your scores on the whiteboard in the gym. Rather than noting every single detail of how you may have scaled your workout, we simply record the time, weight, score, or amount of rounds. We still want you to post your complete scaling on the website for your own records (you do post on the website, right?), but in the gym we’ll keep it simple.
Why no more detailed spreadsheets of scaling on the whiteboard? Well, it’s something we’ve been meaning to talk to you about for a while folks. We have a problem, an addiction really. As a gym, as a community, as people striving to improve, we are addicted to the phrase “Rx’ed.” It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, but we are addicted to writing the letters ‘R’ and ‘x’ next to our workouts in any manner we can.
To be clear, the addiction is well-intentioned. You want to improve! That’s awesome, and we are here to help you with your progress. However, please refer to Rule #1: No Egos Allowed. We have seen too many people writing “Rx’ed” next to any part of a workout, such as doing Diane with Rx’ed deadlifts but box HSPU. Or doing Fran Rx’ed with 15-12-9. Or Rx’ing Cindy for 10 minutes. Are these all great workouts? Yes! Are these excellent examples of scaling? Yes! Are these “Rx’ed”? No.
And this leads us to another, infinitely more important topic. Why do you do CrossFit? Is it to win the Games, or get signed to a professional sports team, or to win a bodybuilding contest? If so, great! Let us know, and we will help you achieve those goals. However, most of us in the gym are striving for more modest goals, such as lifting more weight, getting faster, improving technique, losing fat, gaining muscle, sleeping better, staying pain-free, etc.
So keep bringing the passion and respect to each and every workout, and continue striving to improve and achieve your goals. We are here to help, and nothing makes us happier than being a small part of your progress. Thanks for reading.