Workout of the Day

Good Grades

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It’s easy to get our priorities mixed up. Having a background in education, I find myself relating this back to the over-prioritization of grades at nearly all levels of education. Students, parents, and teachers alike often focus in on grades, ostensibly just a metric for the more important outcomes, and forget what education is all about: learning, growing, and facing challenges. The problem is that we create a catch-22 when we herald grades as the primary metric by which a student’s “educational value” is determined. Put simply, we figure that good grade = good student/learner, bad grade = bad student/learner, and we let the real heart of the issue fall by the wayside. This isn’t to say that grades don’t matter, just that something else matters more.

I’d like to ensure that we, as an organization focused on physical learning and growth, don’t make the same mistake. Your grades -- your performances on a workout, a performance test, a competition -- do not matter as much as the process. They are not the focus, they are the metric. They will not get you results, they are merely a means to demonstrate results. We’re fortunate in the field of physical education to have a metric that’s less prone to ambiguity and misrepresentation -- performance happens to be a very honest and accurate representation of progress, a quality that many grading systems do not share. But even so, you can easily fall into the trap of focusing on specific performance outcomes (did I win the workout today?) while neglecting the processes that feeds into improved performance as a whole. This is equivalent to cramming for the final only to forget it all the next day, or skimming the novel just enough to piece together an adequate paper. It is putting in only the work necessary to get the A- in the class and walking away with minimal improvement in conceptual understanding, thinking processes, or applicable knowledge. And while it may look great on paper, it’s missing the point.

Here’s the deal: we need a metric. We need to measure progress somehow, and our performance outcomes happen fill the role well. If you lift 40lbs more this year than you could last year, I can confidently say that you have improved. But the grade is not why we’re here. We’re here to get better, and that takes more than just setting sights on the easy A.

- PS


5/11/17

  • L-hang hold - 3x max

  • 3 rounds for reps:

    • 60s max calorie row

    • 60s max HSPU

    • 60s max calorie row

    • 60s max hand release push-ups

    • 2 mins rest