Gaming vs. effort


"The more any quantitative social indicator (or even some qualitative indicator) is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor."

- Campbell's Law

What Campbell's Law is saying, is that as soon as a number is used as the measurement for something, someone will get clever and start gaming the number, believing that they're also improving the performance, when, all they're doing is making the number go up.

You see it in school a lot, with people getting really really good at taking the tests necessary to advance, but perhaps aren't really learning much in the process.

In this industry we see it happen a lot with bodyweight.   People are more obsessed with the number on the scale vs actual health.

Fight Gone Bad is a classic CrossFit workout.  A score over 300 reps is pretty darn good.  Over 400 is epic.  A while back, people figured out that if they change the order of exercises so that push press was first, they could get a massive amount of reps out of the first minute.  Then someone else figured out that if you didn't do any rowing on the erg at ALL, the extra rest it gave, allowed you to score far more points in the higher value exercises.

It's now common to see scores over 500.......but are these people fitter, or just being sneaky?

It's ok to want to be faster, but not at the expense of better.

You may find that running a little slower on the 200m runs in todays metcon, allows you to do more burpees and getting a bigger score.

But what if you ran as hard as you could?  You might be so gassed that those burpees will be twice as hard to do; you might score a few reps shy of what you could if you gamed it.  But perhaps, you'd be better for it.


Back Squat 3 x 8In 2 minutes,
Run 200m, then,
max burpees in remaining time.
Rest 2 mins
Hang Power Clean + Front Squat 5 x 320 Wallballs
30 Slamballs
40 Lateral Jumps
50 Single Skips
AMRAP in 7mins
Pushpress 3 x5
Pullup 3 x 1-27 DB Power Snatches, left arm
7 DB Power Snatch, right arm
7 Push-Ups
Front Squat 3 x 5200m run
10 Burpees
20 Russian Swings
AMRAP in 7mins
Dead 3 x 5Girl Friday
500m Row
12 Deadlifts @ BW
21 Box Jumps
3 rounds
Industrial Athletic Wildcard workoutScaled variations for all levels



Back Squat 3 x 105 HSPU
7 C2B
9 Burpees
AMRAP 10 minutes
Clean + Jerk
Heavy Power Cleans 60/40kg
10 Double Unders
6 Power Cleans
20 Double Unders
9 Power Cleans
30 Double Unders
AMRAP in 7mins
Pushpress 3 x5
Pullup 3 x 1-225 double KB S2OH (2pd)
50 TTB
25 double KB S2OH (2pd)
Front Squat 3 x 5400m Run
40 Double Unders
40 KB Swings
40 Double Unders
400m Run
Dead 3 x 3Girl Friday

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