Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 chest-to-bar pull-ups
10 ring dips
95-lb. overhead squats, 15 reps

Fun Fact: Nicole and Trevor's Mom purchased the hearts from Target seven years ago and gave them to the shop for counting rounds.

Fun Fact: Nicole and Trevor’s Mom purchased the hearts from Target seven years ago and gave them to the shop for counting rounds.

This is one of those posts that no coach wants to write, but sometimes it has to be done.

We want to take a moment to address the rep shaving that has been going on at the shop. 

You might first ask, “How do you (the coaches) know it’s been going on?” We know because the coaches have spent the last few weeks counting athlete reps during workouts. But really, we didn’t need to count reps to know it was going on – we already had a hunch. As coaches, it’s obvious to us when it’s happening because we know our athletes that well. 

The second question many of you are going to ask is, “Oh my gosh, are they talking about ME?” Probably not. We’re not talking about the occasional error in counting your reps. Sure, we’ve all lost count in a workout at one point or another. We’re talking about blatant rep shaving that is not the product of an occasional, once a month, mathematical error. If you’re sitting there worrying about if it’s you, just stop, you would know if you were one of the people doing it.

The third thing some you might ask is, “Well, why does it even matter? It only affects the person doing it. It’s their loss, not mine.” Yes and no.

First of all, there are these two glorious methods for workout tracking that we use at the gym – the whiteboard and SugarWOD. Together they serve as a fantastic community network to support each other on individual accomplishments. They also help push the envelope by linking us to what our friends and peers are able to do – thus driving a healthy and friendly level of competition and athlete development at the shop. When those places are abused, it diminishes the accomplishments of those who accurately report their reps.

Second, and most importantly, it’s not what we do here at CrossFit Roots. It’s not part of who we are, what we believe in, and it’s certainly not how CrossFit should be done. There is a level of integrity and honesty that we demand from our athletes and honest rep and workout reporting is one of them.

It’s an easy fix. Make it happen.