Ah, the record board. Some love it, some hate it. CrossFitters are a competitive lot. That competitive drive should mostly be with yourself and your own times, but certainly some competition with your fellow CF West mates is a healthy thing. The one caveat, however, is that sportsmanship is always the law of the land (or at least at CF West).
I originally trained at the old CrossFit HQ in Santa Cruz. I was not on the record boards for anything. Of course, the old HQ was home to almost all the monsters from the early CrossFit years–Amundson, Leys, Weaver, Paschel, Lewis, Mast, Highbarger, Pine, Miller, and, of course, Nicole, Annie, and Eva–so I don’t feel so bad about not having my name up there in lights.
But, and this is the big thing folks, my weights and times now, today, would have earned me a spot on much of those old HQ record boards (although current CrossFit records have passed me by). My times have steadily dropped, my technique has steadily improved, and my weights have steadily gone up. Thus, I am faster, stronger, more powerful, more explosive, just more fit, than I was 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, and 10 years ago. And that is what matters to me.
So if, like me, you never see your name filling one of the coveted top 5 spots on CF West’s record boards, it matters not one whit as long as your own workout journal steadily sees PRs (personal records).
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5 Hang Squat Cleans 135/85#
4 Handstand Pushups
3 Muscle Ups
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