One thing I always encourage in my classes is what my buddy Greg Amundson calls “good housekeeping.” Basically, good housekeeping is setting up your workout before go time. This is especially important if you are in a group class with lots of people running around. Good housekeeping can make a big difference in your score. It will help you focus on the WOD without unnecessary little distractions creeping in.
Make sure all your equipment is set up. Know in advance exactly where you are going to do your pullups, handstand pushups, etc. Try to group all your stations next to each other so you don’t have to wander or weave around the box going from deadlifts to jerks, for example. Will someone run right in front of you when you are doing snatches or kettlebell swings? Maybe prechalk your pullup bar or rings. Will the plyo box you are doing box jumps on move back every time you land on it? Even little things such as knowing the location of or repositioning the chalk bucket can make a difference in your ability to focus on the WOD. And always check your shoelaces. A comedic amount of killer times have been slowed by having to stop and tie a shoelace.
Scaling down is another area where good housekeeping plays a role. Say you have just started to get the kipping pullup down and you are attempting Fran. You know that there is a very real possibility that you might have to switch to band or jumping pullups in the middle of the WOD. Where is the band you will use? The box? Pre-position them near enough that you don’t have to stop the WOD, run to the other side of the box and grab a plyo box, or steal someone else’s.
Little things like good housekeeping allow you to concentrate wholly on the WOD. And, hey, if it’s good enough for Amundson, I bet it’ll work just fine for the rest of us.
Do you have any other good housekeeping tips? Please post them to Comments.
5 Deadlifts 275/185#
20 Box Jumps
20 Double Unders
Post WOD completed and score to Comments.