July 04, 2010
The only way to win is to do more work faster—so how do we do that most efficiently? John Mc Evoy outlines one strategy.
In our world, the stopwatch is king. It doesn’t lie and it doesn’t have favorites. It simply states.
On our journey to ultimate fitness, we work on strength, speed, agility, etc. to help us achieve more rounds or faster times in any given workout. A lot of variables will come into play and dictate how the workout goes: time of day, food intake, hydration, personal proficiency with the movements involved, injuries . The list goes on, and an article could be dedicated to how each variable can affect a workout. This particular article is about strategy for WODs, which some refer to as “gaming a WOD.”
You can approach a CrossFit workout in a host of different ways, and you have no guarantee that any approach will result in success given the amount of variables at play. Still, some athletes rip into workouts with reckless abandon and come out the other side with PRs. Other athletes maintain a steady pace throughout and achieve equally impressive results.
Gaming is not a new issue, but it’s interesting to note that many athletes, even those competing at regional and sectional levels, do not have a plan for the WOD they are facing. And if you’re attacking a workout, it might help to ask a few questions: How does your first round compare to the last? Do you go out too hard? Too slow? What work output are you able to sustain for the longest period?