"Let's Gather Around the Lieboard, I Mean the Whiteboard"


"Let's Gather Around the Lieboard, I Mean the Whiteboard"

Since the very first time I began CrossFitting, the Whiteboard has been the center of all the athletes attention.  In most cases it indicates the WOD and warm up, and most of us draw our attention to the observable results of our fellow athletes.  There lies (no pun intended) the problem.  Although the purpose of the board is to track progress, reflect integrity, and accountability,  sometimes what is written and how one perceives it can cause conflict.  But as the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, has said a million times, "Men will die for points!  Meaning, knowing that what you will do will be posted on the board for everyone to see has a strong psychological effect on athletes - in a positive way it could push you to work harder, set goals, encourage better form, motivate others to go hard, etc.  Or in a negative way it can be intimidating, create self doubt,  and negative criticism."

Wise words from Mr. Glassman!  As we evolve in this sport, unfortunately the "Lieboard" is often used in the wrong way and can ultimately be divisive to our Box and detrimental to our Community.  We have those athletes that honestly miscount, and those that deliberately miscount reps.  We have those athletes that judge other athletes based on their score or time, and may not even know the circumstances that they performed in.  We have those athletes that force themselves to do a heavy weight that they aren't quite ready for because another athlete did it, and we have those that won't do a particular weight because another athlete on the board didn't do that weight.

So here's the deal - the "Whiteboard" is there as a guide and a way for individuals to track their own individual results.  It's ok to gauge your performance on others but your training should not solely be based on it.  Let's make sure we do the following:

1) Stay in your lane and if there is any doubt about a weight or movement, discuss with the coaches.  I want you to be challenge but it should be realistic;

2) Have integrity and make sure to the best of your ability you give an accurate account of your time, rounds, and reps;

3) Remember, if you made a mistake, you made a mistake - it's not the end of the world, because hopefully no matter what, you had a good workout;

4) STOP worrying about other athlete's time, rounds, and RX's.  If something is misrepresented, again it's not the end of the world or a reason to attack your fellow athlete http://ladiesloot.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/smiley-face-1-4-15.png ;

5) Follow up to point #4 - As my mother always said, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all".  This is OUR community and being a stickler on what's on the whiteboard is so immature. The CrossFit Community is like no other fitness community and to that end we must be sure to encourage and support;

6) Use the whiteboard to ensure that you are making some progress and a way to discuss with coaches on how to get better and determining what you need to work on;

Remember the goal of the Whiteboard is to elicit positive psychological responses, motivation, positive self criticism, and self confidence - in other words a tool for improvement.  I hope you all can be on board with this - if not, ask yourself a hard question - Is this sport really for you?


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1. Coach Steve wrote:
Well stated Bernie! Every statement in there was total truth. I'm just happy to get in a workout....RX'd or not, crossfit workouts still kick your butt!

Thu, July 30, 2015 @ 3:09 PM

2. Allyson wrote:
"We have those athletes that judge other athletes based on their score or time, and may not even know the circumstances that they performed in."
---- well said, Bernie. This is all so true especially to someone like me who is only competitive with myself. Check the ego at the door!

Thu, July 30, 2015 @ 3:50 PM

3. JESS B wrote:
I have been the type of girl who always was comparing herself to others and obsessing over other peoples scores. After reading this, I realized that the only person I am competing with is myself because everybody is different and unique. Crossfit for me is about becoming the best version of myself and developing positive relationships with the people around me.

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