What “RX” REALLY means in CrossFit

What is RX in CrossFit

You’ve probably heard it — Rx … “did you RX that workout?!”

What is RX in CrossFitBut, what is the Rx? You may know, it stands for “PRESCRIBED” — just like a drug when prescribed by a doctor.

But what is being prescribed? The weight? Or the stimulus? Because they are two VERY different things.

Weight is OBJECTIVE — it’s outside of you. 42.5/30kg thruster on FRAN for example. Stimulus, on the other hand, is all about what’s happening INSIDE OF YOU!

When we think of “the Rx” we should be thinking about the stimulus.

We should ask: is the workout delivering the INTENDED STIMULUS?

If you went to the Doctor and she gave the exact same dose to everyone, would that make sense? Of course not!

Each person needs their own prescription…

As an example, say you were going to do the workout “Cindy”

The workout is:

  • 20 min AMRAP
  • 5 pullups
  • 10 push ups
  • 15 air squats

Person A can do 10 rounds of this workout. Pull-ups are very tough. And it takes a while.

Person B can do 30 rounds, they are so fit that they’re basically going as fast as they can move.

Now — is this the same workout? Well, from the outside it looks to be… but INSIDE the body, it’s very different. 

For the first person it’s basically a strength workout. For the second, it’s cardio.

With the Level Method, we go after STIMULUS! We can deliver you a PERSONAL, customized workout so you get better, faster! 🚀

You will get exactly the right dose for you!

By assessing your current fitness and using those levels to adjust movements in your workouts, you are getting the REAL RX.

You are also doing workouts at a level that will ensure safety and FASTER results.

Now, competition is a different story altogether, and a topic for another day 🙂

The categories that involve workouts in the Level Method all have time caps to achieve, in order to progress to the next level & make sure the intended stimulus has been achieved.

I know for me endurance I’m absolutely fine after the years of Army training, I’ve since ran a marathon carrying a 35lb bergan, completed a Olympic distance triathlon & a 56 mile 24 hour ultra-marathon, all without any running training, or indeed outdoor swimming & cycling as well.

I didn’t specifically train for 2 main reasons, firstly anytime I do consistent running training I get shin splints, secondly I’ve got the mindset for endurance, I know I can just keep going, it will be the short intense fast paced workout where I know I’ll need to improve & those scores will hold my overall fitness level back on the Level Method, that is one of my weaknesses & one I will address in order to progress. So in terms of the level method house analogy, my ventilation system is strong, however my plumbing system will be the weakness that is holding me back.

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