So discussion had come up recently regarding Prescribing the workouts as posted on our Workout of the Day page.
It is important to realize there are two aspects to our workouts- Competition and Prescription.
The competitive nature wrapped in our being is always challenged with out workouts. We are always pushing ourselves to our limits, wanting to get stronger, faster, better but at the same time, we want to kick some ass and beat the person right next to us and whether we do or not, we will cheer for them as much as the next person.
The competitive nature of what we do inherently allows for us pushing ourselves in a fashion that can be construed as well.. competitive. And this of course is the point., We want to push ourselves. But to what extreme? This is where the question of form comes into play. If we have become so competitive with a time or another individual that our form suffers and we don't get full hip extension, or we don't push out and extend fully at the top, well, then who are we really "getting after" but the getting after of cheating ourselves to the complete and full range of motion of the action we are completing? We see it as coaches all the time. The most frequent being a lack of open hips on a lot of movements and a lot of lack of "open shoulders' we'll call it for now in the completion of many overhead movements.
While we do have standards within our gym, it is our responsibility as coaches to remind you of those standards and your job as athletes to attempt to make the best effort to hit those standards every rep.
The other side of this is RX'ing (or prescribing) the workouts as posted.
We do know as coaches some of the workouts seem to be so challenging they are hard to RX (or Prescribe). Part of this is on purpose. As your coaches, we want you to push yourself to your limits. Our job is to make sure you are challlenged every day. We want you to reach your psychological and physical limitations every day! It is important to realize however there is a fine line between Rx-ing and not being able to perform the workouts.
When looking at the workout of the day, there are several considerations for you to take in when you are getting ready to workout. Please realize that the RX'd workout si ONLY a recommendation for those at the UPPER level of the fitness curve. Anyone else should think about scaling the workouts. This is why it is important to interact with the workout of the day page on the website and communicate with the coaches.
The other part of the workouts is designed to give you something to strive for. If we were able to RX every workout, then we would never have anything to aspire to accomplish, never find our weaknesses and all over just become better at what we're already good at! So therefore, it is good to have those workouts that challenge you mentally, physically and just all around beat your ass down. We all need a good ass whooping every once in a while. Some of those workouts will do it if they are tougher than you can accomplish.
If you have questions about rx-ing a workout please ask at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to ask your coaches for their advice on how to accomplish the goal or workout laid out in front of you!