Quantity Vs Quality

QUANTITY vs QUALITY: THE BATTLE BETWEEN EGO AND ABILITY

FUNCTION BEFORE LOAD:

CrossFit is all about functional fitness. The aim is to become proficient in the technique of a movement in order to be able to perform the movement quickly, under load. The key is that the quality of the movement must be perfected before the quantity (whether in reps or weight) is added. When the athlete next to you is lifting more than you are, it’s easy to get swept up in ego, pushing past your limits, exceeding your level of skill and opening yourself up to unnecessary injury. When athletes choose quantity over quality, they are showing their inexperience, rather than trusting the training process to build experience and proficiency.

WHAT TYPE OF ATHLETE ARE YOU?

If you’re a woman, you’re likely to be a coach’s dream. Generally, the ladies tend to be more trainable, as they don’t let their pride get in the way of bettering their technique (in most cases). How do you react when a coach asks you to drop the weight and focus on technique, or no reps you mid-WOD?

Where big-heads abound, one of four standard responses can be expected:

1.      “Ja, I know, but this isn’t a competition. There’s no judge, so the rep counts.”

2.      The athlete is ignorant of the fact that s/he isn’t utilising the full range of motion to ensure that the movement is correct.

3.      The athlete is deliberately taking shortcuts to complete the workout faster to win.

4.      The athlete doesn’t want to be told what to do, they maintain a stubborn ego level, despite their level of experience (or lack thereof).

RESULTS OVER QUALITY AND QUANTITY

In any of the above instances, the result is Injury. It’s that simple. Whether you injure yourself, or the newbie that is following your example, heavy load and incorrect technique will result in injury. The other unpleasant result is that the “fastest” in class’ mediocrity often becomes evident at the most inopportune time, at a competition. When your body is used to taking shortcuts, you’ll struggle to get the reps when a judge is watching your every move.

AVOID THE EGO-ITCH, CHOOSE INTEGRITY AND TECHNIQUE

You simply can’t improve if you always fall into bad habits. If you have to change a movement in order to keep doing it, you’re choosing quantity over quality. Rather opt for integrity, develop a willingness to learn and trust your coach’s expertise.

Written by: William Schutte Co-Founder of CrossFit 360Vida, Coach, Businessman.