Athletic Integrity and Why the Whiteboard Doesn’t Matter

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Unpopular opinion: the whiteboard doesn’t matter.

Your score on SugarWOD? It’s whatever.

Clicking the “RX” button? Who cares.

What ACTUALLY matters: showing up and doing your best. Period.

The Whiteboard and your scores don’t define you as a person. Being able to mark “Rx” doesn’t tell me anything about you as an athlete.

At Refuge, we value integrity. Do you show up and do your best? Are you honest about what you accomplished? Integrity begins with being honest with yourself. It requires acknowledging your own abilities, limitations, and areas for improvement. In the gym, it means recognizing the appropriate weight and intensity for the workout, avoiding shortcuts or shaving reps, and setting realistic goals. We expect your best effort at the gym, and you should expect the best from yourself.

We value humility. No matter how long you’ve been doing this fitness thing, there are always areas for improvement. Even if you’ve accomplished the harder skills or can lift heavier or move faster than anyone else, there is always room for improvement. Be willing to take a step back and focus on the basics. Pursue mastery, not just accomplishment.

We value responsibility. The way you act both inside and outside the gym sets the example for others. You define what is acceptable by how you act. Complaining, gossiping, cheating, quitting… These are not acceptable. It shows a lack of respect for yourself and others and undermines the positivity that defines our community. Strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up.

We value positivity. Every person that walks through the doors is important. Every win, whether it’s a huge PR or just making it to the gym that day, is worth celebrating. We see the hard work and effort you put in daily and we want to celebrate with you when you reap the benefits!

The only thing that really matters in CrossFit is you. Focus on what you can control: your actions, your effort, your attitude, and your mindset. Don’t worry about having the fastest time or the heaviest weight. Record your workouts accurately for YOU, so you can measure your progress over time.

So take a step back, maybe give someone a high five, yell “THE BIKE IS MY FAVORITE” at the top of your lungs, and have a good time. It’s what we’re all here for anyway.