Yesterday the workout consisted of jumping squats with a bar, running and push-ups. Jimmy Miranda was trying to finish in under 14:00 and he failed to do so by 8 seconds. We’ve all had a workout that didn’t go quite as well
as we wanted, or missed a goal by just a little bit. It’s one thing when you miss your goal and there was really nothing you could have done about it, but it’s an entirely different thing when you miss your goals because of inefficiency. In Jimmy’s case, his bar was on the far side of the gym, about 40 feet from the door. So when he left for the run and came back from it, he had to walk across the gym before he could start the next round.
One or two seconds might seem like a drop in the bucket, but they add up. One second is often the difference between a new PR and can make or break the gym record.
Of course, if you’re not particularly interested in competition or setting new Personal Records, there’s still something to be said for having an efficient set-up for your equipment. For one thing, you’ll spend less time resting between stations if they’re right next to each other. And for another, you will reduce the chances of getting in other people’s way or of getting a bar dropped on you.
When you’re setting up your equipment, consider the stations that can’t move– running, pull-ups, etc.– and try to get the stations that can move, such as plyo boxes and kettlebells, as close as reasonable. Obviously, in large classes, you might have to sacrifice some efficiency for the safety of your fellow CrossFitters.
Go set some PRs!