It’s ALWAYS a good time for a reminder on testing vs. training days. We always need to be reminded to cut the ego at times and listen to our bodies. It seems especially important now as some are coming back for long breaks, extended vacations, even illnesses. So here you go:
Training days vs. testing days…. Most of the time when you show up to The Hut you’re stepping into an hour of training. While these workouts are still often “for time” or “for load”, the goal is not to make a direct “compare to” or set a PR on a lift. The goal is simply to train. To train the skills involved in the workout, to train for increased strength, endurance, stamina, etc. Training days are essential in getting us ready for testing days. The testing days are much more infrequent and are self explanatory. We test ourselves against past data. We cannot test everyday, although we do train hard each workout. Today has the potential to be one or the other, testing or training, depending on how your training as been over the last 2 months or so. If you have been inconsistent, maybe even coming back after a hiatus, you will treat this as a training day, building to a moderately heavy set of 3 by the 4th or 5th set and hold for the remaining sets. On the other hand, if you have been consistently getting in to The Hut for your training days then you’ll shoot for a new 3 rep max! Both groups need the same warm-up, rest periods (3 minutes or so between sets), etc. The difference lies mainly in the mindset. So, be honest with yourself on whether you should test or simply train today.
post loading to SugarWOD and new 3RM to the PR board!
Compare to: Oct 19th 2021, Sept 1st 2021, Aug 25th 2020, Dec 11th 2019, Aug 21 2019, June 18 2019 (5×5), May 7 2019 (1RM), Dec 14 2018 (1RM), Sept 14 2018 (5,3,1)