After warm-up, your coach must approve your heavy loads before you lift them, and proper form must be maintained at all times. The numbers don’t matter if your form is bad, and lone-wolf lifting is strictly forbidden.
Heavy squats must be performed inside the power cages, and we will use spotters.
Going for a PR even when you aren’t feeling it is a stupid idea. Lift within your means, and lift with excellent technique. PRs come when technique is sound.
It doesn’t matter what anyone else lifted. You are competing with yourself. Be smart.
Some of the best coaches in the world will tell you to “leave something on the platform.” That means breaking a PR once is awesome, but breaking it twice might be less than wise. Be patient: there are lots of days to lift. Write down your numbers: we will do this workout again in a few months.
The CrossFit Total is a great tool for revealing lagging muscle groups and weakness that need work, and your coach will identify any problems and give you ideas on how to fix them.
You can read the standards and procedures for the CrossFit Total here. Pay particular advice to Mark Rippetoe’s advice on Page 4:
1. Don’t be stupid.
2. Don’t be greedy.
3. Don’t be pig-headed.
Special Note: The 5-9 p.m. session will not have individual class times but will be run as one long session. Sign in as normal for the class time closest to your planned start time. A warm-up will be on the board, and after that you can take as much time as you like to warm up and register your lifts. All lifting must be completed by 8:45 p.m., and you will have to share racks, bars and plates as needed – no Bogarting the racks or change plates.