Now that the Crossfit Open is over we felt the need to remind everyone to accurately count their reps. During the Open we were lucky enough to have judges that watched a standards video count each and every rep and also keep us on honest by calling no reps. Please hold yourselves to the same standards for every workout. If your wallball didn’t quite hit the line, do another one to make sure. Missed your double under? Add a few extra on the end to make sure you did all of the work. If you have a hard time keeping track of your reps, especially during AMRAPS, please use a post it note and write down your reps/rounds as you do them.
Nothing is more frustrating to other members in the gym than athletes that don’t do all of the work. We all know in the end that someone who cheats reps is only cheating themself, but it’s a tough pill to swallow for the rest of the athletes that come to the gym and give every WOD max effort. It’s quite disheartening for people that have lots of heart and operate with the utmost of integrity to see someone else that isn’t doing all of the work be rewarded with a green box. A green box given to someone that didn’t complete all of the work is not only meaningless, but it devalues the work everyone else is putting in on a daily basis. As coaches, it’s impossible to count everyone’s reps so we trust your word and record the information you give us. CrossFit is a competitive place and people do pay attention to each other. No one wants to be questioned or have a bad reputation as a cheater so please count your reps! Crossfit is about self improvement, so check your ego at the door.
Kjell was kind enough to do some research for us and provided me with three very helpful links about gym integrity. Please read these fantastic articles.