Redo the damn workout!


I have read some aggressive disagreement with the concept of redoing the workouts and the rationale are varied but include:

– You cannot redo the workouts at regionals (train like game day)

– It goes against unknown and unknowable ethic of CrossFit

– Redos interrupt your training week

Valid points but here is why I think you should redo the open workouts:

Because you can!

You get to you don’t got to and you should be excited about that opportunity.

For most people doing the CrossFit Games the open is their CrossFit Games!

Have as many attempts as your body can handle to express your fitness in a score you can be proud of.

Will it interrupt your training? yes but I bet you get some higher than usual intensity workouts in.

Won’t I be just getting better due to a learning affect? Sure but Better is better.

Isn’t it cheating the original ethic of CrossFit?

Cheating is posting a score you didn’t get or counting a rep that was after the buzzer or that failed to hit the required ROM. How can it be cheating if it acceptable within the rules.

If CrossFit want only one attempt then A) the online process wouldn’t allow multiple entries and B) they would have restricted the window to say 48hrs.

I know there will be people out there saying “Well I’m only going to do it once because that is true CrossFit” or something similar. I call this insurance. “You beat me in the WOD but I only did it once.” That dude probably had to do the workout in KG with the sun in his eyes with no chalk – probably would have got another three rounds if the moons were in alignment.

There is the negative of planning a redo and that is not going hard enough on the first go. Plan to hit it so hard that you cannot beat your first effort despite changing strategies and tweaking variables and then you will know you are in touch with your capacities.

Get out there and have fun but remember every time you dead lift with a round back a kitten dies.


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