Why I Love "No Score" Workouts
This week at ResoluteFIT we are doing not one, but two workouts that feature "no score".
This is not common. Typically most workouts have a score (time, rounds+reps, etc) to make the workout measurable. The faster you do the workout, the more intense it was, the more gains you get. It's the entire premise behind functional fitness. It also allows us to measure progress over time. If I do the workout Sherwood #1 and get 270 reps in January, and I do the same workout again in June with the same modification and get 290 reps, I improved by 20 reps or 7.5%
So if keeping score is so great, why do I love a "no score" workout?
Here are my top 3 reasons:
It encourages quality over quantity
- As defined above, when there is a score, the more reps you get the "better" you did. However what is not in that equation, is quality. What is the quality of your reps? Are they perfect air squats? Or did your squats deteriorate over the workout? When there is no score, quality reps are the emphasis. This is why I love "no score" workouts every now and then, to bring the focus back to quality over quantity.
It takes the competitive edge off
- We've all been there. We all get a little competitive sometimes. And sometimes that competitiveness makes us do a modification level that perhaps is a little bit too aggressive for us, or go faster than we should. Competitiveness can help your training, or it can be a detriment. This is why I love "no score" workouts every now and then. It removes all competitiveness, and really allows the athlete to focus on themselves and the big picture.
It encourages appropriate challenges and time to explore
- When we do a workout for a score, it comes with a modification level. This is what makes it comparable for future repeats. But if we do a workout for no score, we know it will not be repeated. This gives us an opportunity to challenge ourselves in a different manner and explore. What do I mean by explore? Let's take box jumps for example. If I always use a 20" box, I never really get time to practice with a 24" box in a workout unless I just go for it. This would result in a very slow workout, with much less intensity, as I've never done it before, so it takes more concentration and effort. But in a "no score" workout, I could do a 20" box for the first half and a 24" box for the 2nd half. I could even throw in 30" at the end if I wanted. Or I could do 20" for the first 5 minutes, 24" for the next 5 minutes, and then go back to 20" for the final 5. No score workouts give us more flexibility to explore these different challenges. Like kids at recess, it shouldn't always be structured games. Sometimes its best to just let them explore and play. This is why I love "no score" workouts - sometimes this is the best way to grow!