I get it. I’m not saying you couldn’t finish the workout Rx. By giving you a time cap I’m not trying to make you “stop early.” I’m trying to give you a timeframe to get more work done.
BUT I CAN DO Rx!
What is Rx anyway? First of all, it is meaningless. Pointless even. Maybe thats a bit harsh. I can promise you though, it is arbitrary, and surely different for everyone.
I digress, it matters because it is a way for me to communicate to you where you are going, or where you have been (your Rx will always change, for the record).
What makes CrossFit work, from its very foundation and core, is Intensity. Intentional big “I” Intensity. We want to move large loads long distances quickly. But if the load is too heavy to move quickly, then it likely isn’t your Rx, and definitely in those tricky metcons, it is not your Rx.
The easy part is the heavy lifts. We can do those, and know where our limits are and zone in right on 90% in that case. But I have to do 21 thrusters, then something else, then 15 thrusters blah blah blah…the board says 95 I’m just gonna do it.
What is the coach telling you it should feel like? How many in a row should you be doing? What timeframe should you be finishing in? If you are missing all of those questions and not falling into the real workout prescription (Rx!) then, as I like to say, you’re doing it wrong and you’re not gonna have a good time.
You’re not going to have a good time in the workout because it will be too slow. You’re not going to have a good time in CrossFit because your results and improvements will be too slow. It may be counterintuitive, but the way to Rx isn’t pushing RX for the sake of pushing it. It is intensity and doing more work in the time you are given.
If you aren’t finishing workouts under the time cap with very few exceptions, you are missing the adaptation that comes with actual real workout Intensity.
Make the change faster by moving better and faster, and fall into the timeframes and schemes we lay out with each class.
That’s Rx. And that, yes, you should be doing everyday