The 6 Unspoken Laws of Crossfit

These 6 unspoken laws make life easier for everybody in the Box and create the right environment for progress and improvement. Which ones would you add?

6. NEVER CHEAT REPS

This should go without saying. Sometimes it can be easy to lose count when fatigued and in pain, and it happens, but deliberately cutting reps to speed up a score and beat a rival is just sad, and I bet you’ve probably seen someone do it before.

The competitive element of Crossfit is a lot of fun, but the idea of any workout is primarily to make THE ATHLETE fitter, stronger, healthier and more mentally resilient. This changes in Crossfit competitions because the aim is to win, but at this level there are judges anyway to call out any cheaters.

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A great athlete never skips reps

5. THE LAST TO FINISH GETS THE LOUDEST CHEERS

This is one of the most impressive aspects of Crossfit. Of course, a WOD is competitive, but every single workout is also about helping EVERYONE involved to improve and work on their fitness together. You see this same mentality at every level of Crossfit, from events at The CrossFit Games right through to a first-time tryout class in a box.

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The loudest cheers are for the last to finish

 

4. LOOK AFTER THE EQUIPMENT (PUT IT BACK WHERE IT BELONGS AFTER YOU’VE FINISHED USING IT)

This one just comes down to simple courtesy. It isn’t difficult to put all the plates, bars and equipment back in the racks, and to treat them with respect. There is always a slight ritualistic element to training, and the respect that comes with that should never be underrated. Look at martial arts, or Olympic weightlifting for great examples of this.

Watch Dmitry Klokov in this amazing Thruster ladder from 122 kg (270 lbs) – 175 kg (385 lbs). After every lift he walks around the bar because for many Russian lifters, they see it as disrespectful to walk over the barbell.

3. KEEP YOUR EGO IN CHECK

Ego is important in Crossfit. It can be a powerful driving force to spur us on towards hitting new PRs. It can motivate us to compete and get better, or help with self-confidence and goal setting, but it can also be a hindrance and a thorn in the side of progress.

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Give it your all!

It can be a tricky balancing act to find this equilibrium. Crossfit workouts have a habit of exposing weaknesses in places that you didn’t even know existed. A well-rounded athlete that understands when to be humble and not let their ego get in the way can use these experiences to develop. An athlete that lets their ego dictate, ignoring weaknesses, repeating poor movement patterns and using bad form for the sake of speed and weight will eventually hit plateaus or injury.

It takes courage to accept that we may not be as good as we think at certain exercises sometimes. A great coach will help with this in a way that will inspire us to improve and progress in the correct way. To try and remove all ego from any athlete’s performance is too much of a psychological oversimplification. Ego has its time and place, but so does humility, the latter to a much greater degree (just look at 2015 CrossFit Games champion Ben Smith).

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2. BE KIND TO THE NEW ATHLETE

Every single Crossfitter has been a newbie at some point. It doesn’t matter if you are Mat Fraser or one week into a new year’s resolution to start Crossfit, we all had to walk into a Box for the first time at some point.

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train hard and help athletes around you

This first experience leaves an important lasting impression, what was yours like? Helping a first time Crossfitter can make a huge difference to their training, and be a powerful encouragement for them to continue.

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1. THERE ARE MANY EXERCISES THAT DO NOT NEED CHALK!

There always seems to be at least one Crossfitter that loves chalking up a little too much and will use it for absolutely everything – even when it definitely isn’t needed. Burpees? Check. Double unders? Check. Press ups? Check. Yes, I’ve even seen this happen!

This Crossfitter is normally enveloped by a huge cloud of white dust, which seems to follow them wherever they tread. Don’t be that guy!

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The tell tale signs

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.

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