As a coach, I see a lot going on during classes. There’s the expected stuff: barbells being lifted, ropes being climbed, and sweat dripping down people’s faces. But then there’s the other stuff: Conversations about who got hammered last night, adjusting of tight sports bras, and yes, picking of noses. Needless to say, there’s a lot of visual stimulation from a coach’s point of view.
But what is my role for cheating? Do I call you out, or let it go if it doesn’t have to do with form? I’m not talking 24 squats when you were supposed to do 25. I’m talking 15 reps when you were supposed to do 30. Is it the coach’s responsibility to take the person aside and have a discussion? Teach a lesson? Some people would say that it’s no one else’s business how people count since it’s the individual’s workout. Others would say that it does matter, since other members might think they aren’t pushing themselves hard enough when they compare times.
What if it’s a visitor for a few days vs. a full time member? What if it’s someone who cheats but the results are mediocre vs. someone who cheats and has the fastest time/most reps of the day?
Does the fact that they cheat in the gym actually apply to outside life? Or could it be completely contained in the competitive CrossFit environment?
I’d be interested to hear from all different perspectives.