RX, Not RX: What’s It All Mean?

pamjoinsthebiggirlsLet’s talk about the “As RX’d” concept in CrossFit.

There is only one RX for a WOD. One. Officially (as written on the sacred scrolls at CFHQ) there is only one prescribed WOD. Everything else is scaling or substitutions. Not even men’s and women’s WODs. Just one. (Although we are making up that part about the sacred scrolls. They’re really just tablets . . . etched in lightning and blood. Don’t tell anyone.)

But, here at CFW, we always write a women’s version of the WOD too, because we’re realists. Most women are not going to be able to do the only RX’d weight. (Well, except Iron Mary. Or Melissa if you stole her baby.)

So we make the same adjustment that many CrossFit affiliates do. Take the RX’d weight and calculate 2/3 of it and make that the women’s weight. So, if you do the workout as prescribed for women (for example, a 65lb “Fran” vs the 95lb RX’d “Fran” and all real pull-ups), then you earn the right to scrawl “RX’d” in that crazy-shaky after-WOD ransom-note oh-god-the-nuns-are-going-to-kill-me handwriting of yours caused by a recovering central nervous system.

Any substitution or scaling (in bands, weights, movement etc.) means you don’t get an “Rx” next to your name. (There is no “RX minus . . . ” . . . although “RX Plus” does seem kind of righteous.)

Sounds harsh, I know. But it’s fair. Fair to the folks putting out the RX workouts, and fair to the folks who are working to get that strong and fast.

So, do the hours and hours of work and spend months (maybe years) and earn the “RX” mark next to your name. It is alternately serious and silly, but as Greg Glassman noted years ago: “Men will die for points.” And for that “RX” badge of honor.

See Pam here? Her smile was huge at the end of the WOD, because it was her first time going RX’d on everything in “Fight Gone Wrong.” Good for her. You go, Pam!

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Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Info all: The CF Journal video of Greg Amundson's talk is awesome. In fact, earlier today I asked for it to be catted a free video by CFHQ so that even more CrossFitters can benefit from his advice. I'll be linking it on the CF Facebook page tomorrow morning, so you can always grab the link from there when it hits your FB stream.

David Kirk
David Kirk

@Arell, I hear the pay stinks, the boss is demanding, but the benefits are priceless.

arell
arell

Haha... @Lis, you are the only one with a legitimate excuse.... @Chris, @David... Thanks guys, but I am not currently looking for a job- I am actually employed by an adorable man who makes me laugh and smile and want to pull my hair out all day, he is also 25 lbs, 30 inches tall, and just learned to say "pumpkin" PS- @David... bhahaha duct tape, this made me laugh out loud... hysterical....

David Kirk
David Kirk

@ Arell, one more thing, if you have some duct tape at home, you too could post a whole bunch more...

David Kirk
David Kirk

@ Arell, go to www.ingenix.com We do have lots of telecomuters and "alternative" work arrangements for those that have the skills needed. Unfortunately, bolg troll is already taken by me. @ Lis, I can't wait! and for the record, the first halt was for Rockstar. I wonder what tomorrow's topic is about. Guesses from anyone?

Chris
Chris

@David: I always figured I'd win a Nobel prize for something. I just never thought it'd be for CrossFit Watertown Fanfic. @Arell: I might know a website that can help with your job search...

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

@David: I have about two weeks worth of blogposts written . . . that means the autopost at 12:02 is easy to set . . . and I will say that tomorrow's post is a little um . . . "opinionated" . . . @Arell: This is my work! Well, writing and Facebook and more writing. I'm actually typing this while talking on the phone with an affiliate. I love coffee!

arell
arell

When I am done being a stay at home Mom, I am coming to each of your offices looking for a job, because it sure as hell doesn't look like any of you are working too hard!

David Kirk
David Kirk

Kind of like turning a new leaf...

David Kirk
David Kirk

Oh, cool, we just entered a new page of comments...

David Kirk
David Kirk

I must say, I was a bit bummed when I logged on at 3:30am to be the first to post to find that I was beaten by K and Lis. Oh well, there's always tomorrow. A guy can dream.

David Kirk
David Kirk

I just heard Chris may win the nobel prize for literature for his post about Nate and his wall ball.

David Kirk
David Kirk

48th comment and it isn't even 2:30 yet. I think we can beat yesterday's record.

David Kirk
David Kirk

I now see why Rockstar does this amount of posting. It's quite fun!!!

David Kirk
David Kirk

9 total, but six so far to fill the void before the fun begins...

David Kirk
David Kirk

Anybody see that Greg Amundson video on the greatest adaptation for crossfit on the journal? It was quite awesome.

David Kirk
David Kirk

Not a fan of that "you're posting too quickly" message.

David Kirk
David Kirk

So Lis, I know you have a new drummer in the house. Is he so excited that he's praciticing morning and night? Abby is with her sax and they are just playing the mouthpiece right now. They learn to put it together next week. So we get dying ducks AM and PM. It is really cute though...

David Kirk
David Kirk

4 minutes to the next conf call, how many posts can be made?

David Kirk
David Kirk

I think I need a new gravitar, I'm soooo over the karate kid.

David Kirk
David Kirk

Back should be good for next week, so am looking forward to hittin' a nooner.

David Kirk
David Kirk

@ Brian, I'd want Jackie as my nurse, cause she'd leave me alone and just be postin' to the blog, facebookin' or textin' Lis.

David Kirk
David Kirk

Favorite quote from Chris, "if balls could talk"...

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

BTW, Chris's Fantasy Land is opening soon. It's like virtual reality. There is a headset, with goggles. But every character is Nate. We'll be testing it at CFW.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

For the record, you texted first. Ahem.

Rockstar
Rockstar

must go but will return promptly...beware

Rockstar
Rockstar

how much does she pay you to my work

Rockstar
Rockstar

picture tag...LOL!...Lis you crack me up

Chris
Chris

HEY HEY HEY ENOUGH OF THAT

Rockstar
Rockstar

And I really shoud be getting ready for my next case

Rockstar
Rockstar

and I know Lis isn't paying attention to the blog because she's texting me...(again)...muahahahahahah!

Rockstar
Rockstar

I will make your hospital stay and "experience" you will NEVER forget....muahahahahahahahha

Rockstar
Rockstar

And I hope I'm your nurse when you have to get scanned

Rockstar
Rockstar

And I hope you come in to my hospital when you have your seizure

Rockstar
Rockstar

Brian please do not use the term "rocking" out of context... Only when I am present that will be acceptable...And I hope your windmill gives you tinnitus.

Brian
Brian

The nooner has been rocking lately. See you there.

Beery
Beery

Look out peeps, I'm coming to the nooner.

K
K

OMG CHRIS!

Beery
Beery

So many things to talk about. First, Congrats to Pam. Second, I had no idea there wasn't an official Rx scaling for women. That kind of seems unfair as do many of the prescribed weights in proportion to body weights. That's why I like workouts like Linda as the prescribed weights are unrelated to gender and solely a formula of body weight. Third, I vote for a 14 foot target for women. And I agree with Brian, the corner of the ceiling does make it tough to gain consistency which is why I end up letting the ball drop below my chest and getting yelled at. I just find it easier to let the ball fall lower when it comes spinning off the wall than to fight it and keep it on your chest.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

I'm 6'7". You may not have noticed.