Guest Post from Jim P. ———————————————————————————————————————
(Warning: Strong bias towards 7 am class ;)
Our method for scoring in CrossFit means something.
I used to puzzle over the way my scores would appear in the CrossFit open each year. In case you don’t know, the scheme is deceptively simple: the first place person in one event gets 1 point, 2nd place gets 2 points, and so on. At the end of the competition, you add up each athlete’s points and the person with the lowest score wins. You can find a lot of variations on this idea, but the basic concept is the same.
But more points are better, right? Well, it depends on what your priorities are. In CrossFit, one of our ideals is a well-balanced athlete who has a lot of skills at a lot of different things. We specialize in being non-specialists. In addition to being a pretty fun way to train and compete, I think this makes us more ready for real life (which is one of the best parts of CrossFit).
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be the one who can carry my heavy garbage can up the steps, run and catch my bus even with a heavy work bag, climb a tall ladder confidently, and go on a 5 mile hike on the weekend without being wrecked for a week. Some people want to specialize, good for them. Whatever gets you out the door and active is what matters.
So the idea of “non-specialists” is a unique and fun thing that CrossFit offers. I encourage you embrace and look for all the ways your work capacity in every day life has improved because of all your the efforts in the gym.
And as for the class competition... now it will all make sense when 7am finishes with a solid 4 points in a few weeks! 😛😛😛 -too late Jim :) :) !!