You’re relatively new to CrossFit, but you love the results so far! You’re seeing weekly improvements to your strength, speed, stamina, as well as a lower body fat percentage every time you check it. The gains are terrific and you are happy to share tales of your experience with others. However, as is the practice with most highly successful people, you continually examine and analyze your current actions to see if there’s anything you could be doing better. And let’s be honest, there are always things we can improve, no matter what our level. Let’s check out a few tips you can employ to maximize your CrossFit experience!
Breakfast = Protein Grams!
Start your day with a beefy breakfast. Whether you choose eggs, bacon, sausage, turkey, or something else, you should always begin your day with a nice stack of decent-fat proteins. If you think about it, your body has been in a state of starvation for over 8 hours, the time in which you slept. Protein is needed when you wake up! A piece of fruit might feel good for breakfast, but a stack of hard proteins will certainly do more to fuel your workout later!
The excitement seen by CrossFitters rivals that seen by those participating in almost any other sport. As a result, many trainers will run headfirst into a workout, without taking time to gradually acclimate their bodies to the rigors of the very brutal WOD that they are about to encounter. As a result, muscle groups which aren’t fully warmed up may become injured quickly when they’re subjected to maximum strength requirements. Start with light cardio then move thru lower weight lifts to ensure your muscle groups are ready for the challenge which lies ahead!
Don’t go for a PR every time
A machine is a machine. You know what your car, or blender, or lawnmower will do each day, because they are non-organic objects with one purpose. Your body, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. Your body cannot perform at 100% maximum capacity every day. There will be days when you’re sore, tired, a little sick, or just not feeling it. On those days, you have a responsibility to your health and fitness goals to scale back your intensity just a bit. You don’t have to move a record best on the weights each time – as long as you’re becoming a better YOU each time. Reducing intensity when needed is a vital part of that.
As you continually try new lifts, experiment with new diets, and explore new techniques, you will see varying results. Unfortunately, unless you are meticulously recording the changes you make, documenting the changes seen to the body, and analyzing these trends to see if these changes are worthwhile, then you’re just wasting time. A scientist would never run experiments and not bother to write down the actions taken and results seen – so why would you? Record, analyze, and repeat, to see what works best for you!
The CrossFit journey is an ever-changing, evolving journey. You’re continually developing the set of rules that you follow, and your way of doing things. Record your results, try everything, and learn what works best for you. Over time, the good practices will become great habits, which will lead to phenomenal results. Good luck!