Your prescription to go RX
The doctor is in with your prescription, and if you want to get better- you’ll need to follow along as RX’d. We see it almost every day in the programming for a WOD or a benchmark, and we all know we want that RX next to our name, but what does it even mean?
I’ve received a lot of great feedback about our programming, and it’s something I really pride our gym on as having the best around. Sometimes though, the weights may seem too heavy, or the time cap for the WOD or sprints seem unreasonable.
It may unintentionally make us left feeling inadequate, left out, or alienated because of our inability to perform the workouts “as prescribed”. This isn’t the way we ever want to leave the gym feeling. After all, it’s supposed to be our happy place. Our best hour of the day.
Let’s take a look at what “RX” really means.
The great thing about CFHV and our progression based system, is that every workout is about your individual output and level of exertion. Despite the fact that we are all at different athletic ability levels, we still get to struggle against the same daily athletic challenges side by side.
This is what forges such a strong bond amongst members of the CFHV community. We go into battle and fight against these challenges together, and come out the other side with a smile on our face.
The point I’m making is that whether you just walked through the door and it’s your first class, or whether you’re a 5+ year veteran Firebreather, both athletes should be experiencing the same level of exertion.
Sure, one person may only be doing air squats, and the other is doing squats with a barbell that is loaded with a weight that is “as RX”, but each is tapping into the same energy systems and receiving the same stimulus- and that’s the point.
A perfect example is when we are testing a 1 rep max lift. If you’re a newer athlete, you certainly wouldn’t hold it against yourself or feel bad that you aren’t lifting 500#, right? That would be in the realm of a lifelong athlete that has cultivated their abilities and practiced and worked diligently to improve their strength for many years. You have the understanding that this is a level you must train for to achieve over a period of time. It’s not even a fair comparison to someone who has never touched a barbell, or only worked with one for a shorter period of time.
So why should it be any different if you can’t do the workouts in the day’s programming as RX? Those numbers are a suggested load for an experienced athlete who has trained and been disciplined enough to achieve that ability…over time.
We are all people with full time jobs, families, and a myriad of other responsibilities that don’t allow us to necessarily train to that level. The victory must come in the realization that we gave the best we had for the circumstances of that moment, at the ability level that we’re at now.
RX should be something we train towards over a period of time, and that we earn. It should’t be something we expect or feel entitled to- would you really appreciate it if it just came so easily?
Think of it as your ‘black belt’ in CrossFit when you can do most WODs as RX. The most fun part of coming in to train everyday is knowing that you’re better than you were yesterday.
You don’t need to be better than the person next to you or in front of you, only strive to be better than the version of yourself that is behind you. If you can do that each day, then I would argue you performed at the RX for you.