CFSF Rules to Live By at the Box…NO Band Loading


As most of you know the 1st month we ramp you into the program and cut you some slack. After your 30 days (typically) it is full steam ahead!

A lot you are guilty to “band loading”. Band Loading is when the WOD requires a lot of Pullups (anything over 30 in one round) and you start adding addtional bands because “YOU feel” like it will be too hard to do. If that has ever happened to you, then you are GUILTY as charged.

When a WOD calls for more pullups then you THINK you can do, do not reach for the extra bands, I repeat do not reach for the extra bands.

Instead, suck it up and do the most you can do, everytime. You will drastically get stronger and results will follow. If you don’t know what you should do…just ask and will we be there to constantly push, push and push you to your potential and beyond.

8 Responses to “CFSF Rules to Live By at the Box…NO Band Loading”

  1. yep…. guilty as charged. I have certainly done this. But, you DON’T feel good about it when you are done! So, it really doesn’t make it worth it!

  2. Jody Gilbertson Says:

    I should be in band loading jail. Did it yesterday will never do again.

  3. Ha! This is totally me…until this week! Got through 150 pullups without my “back-up” set of bands 🙂 Love the post, it’s a great reminder to not give ourselves excuses to do less than we’re truly capable of.

  4. Chris, is this a fair priority list that we should all try to stick to?

    1. Fundamentally sound movements with full ROM (feet onto box, chest to floor, squat below parallel, etc)
    2. Choosing appropriate and challenging loads (weights, bands, box height, etc). Should the load almost certainly begin to suck badly late in the workout?
    3. Watching the clock

    I have always used this loose list, but I realize that I have never read or discussed it with anyone, to know if it is appropriate. It is tempting to let priority #3 move up the list, for me certainly and I suspect for all of us. Share a piece of your mind on this subject if you see this post…

    • Mitch – I think these points are great! Everyone’s goal doing CrossFit WODs is fundamentals (form and technique) and working yourself up to the Rx’d. Always challenging YOU to push to the next level. If anyone needs help with form, weights, etc… that is where the coach’s can be of great help. Watching the clock is a great comment. The clock can be your greatest resource during a WOD with minimizing breaks and maximizing efforts. Also, when there is a busier class it is the students responsibility to get their correct time/score during the WOD.

      Thank you for the feedback!

  5. Cuff and stuff me….on Thursday the purple band was calling my name!

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