Everyone loves to PR. There's nothing better than watching the numbers of your maxes go up and feeling stronger than you did a few weeks or months ago; however, sometimes this kind of PR isn't in the cards, and that's ok. There's more than 1 type of PR.

For example, let's take the workout, "Diane," which we're testing this cycle. When we first did this workout, I saw a lot of technical errors on handstand push-ups- mostly an inability to stabilize at the top of the handstand. This means there were lots of students just barely pushing up, then falling right back down to a headstand. Not surprisingly, this is actually a really fast way to do Diane, but only because you're not doing the full movement. As we've talked about and drilled this cycle, a handstand ends in a locked out and stabilized position with the hips off the wall. This is why we've drilled so much handstand and stabilization work throughout this cycle. When those of you who could not properly stabilize a handstand perform Diane again, you will undoubtedly be slower, because you will be doing the full movement. This is a technical PR. You've improved your movement quality. This, in the long run, is WAY more important than going faster. It means injury prevention and greater efficiency in the long run. 

Perhaps when you did your max deadlift your hips rose faster than your chest. If you've been focusing on building your hamstrings and posterior chain this cycle to keep your hips down on your deadlift, my goal for you isn't necessarily to add 30lbs to your max. It takes time to build new muscles that weren't integrated in the movement before. My goal for you is to hit the same weight in the right way. 

Improvement doesn't always come in numbers. Movement quality is the ultimate goal at this point in your CrossFit careers. That doesn't mean you shouldn't compete with yourself and push yourself to lift to your capacity. But it does mean that you should value the quality of movement just as much or more than the number. 

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