You know CrossFit, right? 3, 2, 1.. GET SOME! Right? I hope not…
Aside from the obvious potential adrenal-fatigue issues of treating every training session, three-days-on-one-day-off until forever, like it’s your last, I’d argue that attacking every workout to win isn’t what’s best for your training, even considering superhuman recovery and sustainable adrenal integrity.
Though I am biased because my coach, Kenny Kane, has placed a very intentional structure on our training for the past three years, I’d agree that there is a time and place for competition. There is a time and a place for training, too. And, yes, there is a difference. You see, in our training at CFLA, there are three types of sessions: competition, training and mental toughness.
I’d put CrossFit as most know it in the “competition days” mindset, which is to “go there” with your training. It’s going to hurt, and the idea is to find your best effort that day, to dig down and find a way to win. Surely, this is important, especially for competitive athletes.
The other two categories have a different feel, however. Training days don’t lack intensity, but sheer output isn’t the primary focus. Training days are intentional days to train virtuosity and master movements in a workout setting. Similarly, but different, mental toughness days are about enduring. The clock becomes an afterthought, and the workouts often resemble not-yet-named hero workouts.
Since athletes often could care less about what they are risking, I won’t talk about what you’re risking by competing everyday. But if I told you that are giving up performance by simply competing every day, would you listen? I thought so.
I’d argue that you could be stronger, more skilled and ultimately more fit by dedicating a good number of your WODs to a “training” mindset. Let me use an example to describe what I mean here. What does AMRAP 15: 10 Romanian deadlifts, 5 candlesticks, 200m run look like with a competition mindset?
If you answered, “Atrocious!” you’re right.
I’d almost argue that the "winner" of that workout got the least out of the training session. Sure, that’s a specific example, but can you think of other workouts where one could benefit from an intention other than “Get some!”?