When is a workout not a workout? Think about it... if you've trained with me for long enough you'll know the answer!
Come on - you're not even trying! Think about it... when is a workout not a workout? You know this!
Alright - I'll tell you! I'd have to be responsible for you have a brain aneurysm or something!!!
A workout is not a workout - when it is practice! Yep! Not every workout that you do should be an actual workout. For the most part I think more than half of your "workouts" should actually be practice sessions instead. During a practice session you aren't concerned with time or anything else - all you are concerned with is perfecting the skill. That's what practice really is - the perfection of skills.
Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't workout. On the contrary, I think you should be doing something each and every day - even if it's five minutes of handstand practice. What I do recommend is that you approach a large percentage of your workouts as an opportunity to practice a particular technique or movement; giving it more attention and intention than the other skills. This way you can still train intensely but also spend some quality time perfecting a skill.
For example, Monday night's WOD was called "Scrambled Eggs":
- 05 Box Jumps
- 05 Pull-ups
- 05 Sit-outs
- 05 KB Thrusters
- 05 KB Snatch
- 05 KB Swings
- Workout protocol: AMRAP in 18 minutes; 53 lbs/men and 35 lbs/women
So during the course of this workout you have six different skills to train. Let's say that you are still working on perfecting your KB Snatch. If that's the case then every time you get to the KB Snatch you take a little bit longer to monitor your backswing, transitions, overhead lockout, riding the KB into the backswing, etc. Then you can finish the circuit at whatever intensity is appropriate.
The above situation is for an exceptional athlete who only has one thing to work on, but in reality most people have two, three or more things they should be working on. If that's the case then they could pull those techniques out of the workout and really give them the attention they deserve. You'll thank yourself in the long run if you do...
BTW - Workouts are "Mindless" while Practice is "Mindful". There is a difference between the two and you need to be aware of the difference.