Daybreak has almost doubled its size since we last shared this post back in February. We have a lot of new members who have asked us what RX is all about. This post also describes a little philosophy behind our programming. So we repost this educational piece as we wish all of you a happy, safe and #better Fourth of July!!!
“R” and “X” are two letters that are a staple of CrossFit circles. You see it on the whiteboards. You read it in the comments section. You hear members talking about it. In fact, we have many of our new members asking coaches what it means. And because we’re about to embark on the CrossFit Open where we must complete the workouts “Rx” in order to post our scores … we thought we’d spend a little time discussing what “Rx” really means.
Well, literally, the letters mean “as prescribed”. Yes, I know, that’s cryptic too, so let’s break it down. At its core, we define “Rx” as doing the workout (1) at the prescribed weight/height, (2) for the prescribed number of reps, (3) to the full standards of each movement.
But before we further define it, please know it is okay and expected that many of our members do not perform the WODs Rx. In fact, we expect only 10-20% of our members to Rx the workouts. Yes, it’s true. On average, the WODs are specifically designed for Daybreak athletes who want to compete and we expect the vast majority of our athletes to scale the workout. If you’re ever unsure, your coach is always the best resource for you to determine whether or not the WOD should be attempted Rx.
So now, let’s take a look at an example WOD “Corn Dog” to apply the concept of “Rx-ing a WOD”: