When post WOD conversation is all about so and so’s ridiculous disparity between their self professed “score” and their actual workload, and no one is even surprised anymore, then It’s clearly time for my bi-annual STOP CHEATING rant.
The scoring aspect of CrossFit is usually a blessing, but sometimes a curse. Here’s the absolute bottom line: In House (not competitions) Scoring is good to chart your own progress, and bad when it becomes a comparison between your performance and some guy/girl next to you.
I have long stated that cheating in CrossFit gets you booted straight to the 8th Circle of Hell in the afterlife. One small step above Goldman-Sachs VP’s, and on par with child molesters. Our own man of God, Jeff K. recently confirmed this for me, and he should know.
Here’s a few reasons why:
Cheating throws off your own ability to chart your progress. Your FRAN with Shorted pullups that was 45 seconds faster than your legit FRAN, is probably representative of a greater total workload. BUT, because you cheated, now we dont know.
Cheating discourages and frustrates other people. Lets say two women, comparable in age and body and circumstance start CrossFit at the same time. Lets call the Honest one Suzie and the cheater Sherri. Suzie makes decent gains through honest hard work. Her strength improves a lot in the first month, a little less in the second month, by the third month her progress continues but it’s slower, not every WOD is better than the last etc. This is a normal pattern consistent with a healthy adult who works hard, comes often etc. Our cheater, Sherri, has the same results through month two, but as her progress slows in month 3, she starts to cheat. she now knows how the class works and she shaves a rep here and there. Her times and scores continue to get “better” while Suzie’s do not. Suzie conclusion is “CrossFit works great for SOME people but it’s not working FOR ME, I’m going to try ZUMBA.” She quits CFCB, tells two friends who then dont join, and now I cant afford to feed my 5 dogs…
Cheating Makes People Hate You. Which just further fouls the air. Cheaters, be advised that people know what’s going on. When you start action XYZ well behind someone, and finish a fair amount ahead of them, you had better be really adept at that action. And soon enough two good non-cheaters leave the gym talking about the audacity of the cheater, and one says to the other, “I’m sick of that cheater, Let’s go to the rec center!” and now I cant afford to feed my 5 dogs…
Shorting reps is the most common form of cheating. So saying you did 20 wallballs when you only did 17. Shorting your range and counting it anyway is a close second. During our recent HELEN, I inadvertently and unknowingly missed clearing the bar on a few butterfly pullup reps and didnt catch it till the end of the set. Whitney called me out as short and in my hurry to run out the door for the next round I didnt make those reps up as I should have. So I tacked on 15 seconds to my score and noted it as such. And frankly, I shouldve just stopped, returned to the bar and made them up then and there. That would have been competition standard. But to just shrug off the short reps and record my time as is would have been inexcusable cheating on a Named WOD (9th circle of hell stuff there).
Your comments and thoughts are welcome.
OK- Rant over. WOD for Friday
3×5 Clean. Full set up each rep as opposed to touch and go.
2×8 Clean Grip Deadlift for load
2×8 Clean pulls for completion
Work- backwards tire drag. Guys 8 lengths/Girls 5 lengths.