CrossFit is life changing for many people. And once you get hooked, everything changes, from your mindset to your diet to even your choice of clothing. Not everyone though can make those changes right away. So here are a few tips to get you on the right track.
Think like an athlete. Instead of just focusing on aesthetics, you can also focus on your performance during training. An athlete has a professional work ethic and does things more systematically than the regular person who works out.
Commit your workouts. Make a plan to go to the gym 3-5 times a week. Follow the schedule. Stick to the time. Block off your calendar from activities that will prevent you from working out that day.
Take notes. Pay attention to your progress. What did you do for today’s WOD (work out of the day)? How did you do? How do you feel after the workout? How much sleep did you get? What did you eat that day?
In line with taking notes here are more tips that you can consider.
Eat healthy food. Nutrition is the foundation of Crossfit because you can’t out exercise your mouth. If you Google Crossfit in 100 words you’ll find
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
So try to minimize your fruit and sugar intake along with junk food and starchy carbs. Read up and experiment with paleo, slow carb diets, Ketogenic diet, zone diet, intermittent fasting, carb backloading which a lot of other CrossFitters are currently doing. Explore all of them and see what works for you. The diet you’ll stick to, even if it’s just “good enough” is a better diet than the “perfect diet” that you’ll quit after a few weeks.
Get enough sleep. Recovery is equally as important as a workout. Yes. You read that right. Recovery is equally as important as a workout. If you didn’t get enough sleep last night. Don’t work out. Get some sleep. Your body needs to recover and grow your muscles to get stronger. If you can’t do it and you work out, you’re actually doing yourself more harm than good. Also lack of sleep negatively influences your fat storage hormone. Be sure to organize your time so you have enough for your workout and sleep. Set a sleep alarm instead of a wake up alarm to remind you to sleep.
Pay better attention to your breathing. When the workout get’s difficult, it’s easy to forget to breathe. Remember to take deep breaths between your reps. It will make a huge different on your overall performance.
Be mindful to your posture and your form. Just like breathing, it’s easy to lean too forward, put your weight on your toes instead of your heels, round your back or lift incorrectly. Be careful to avoid injury.
Work on your mobility on your free time. Many times you’ll encounter a workout movement that will feel difficult to execute. The reason for that is that your body is not used to doing the movement and you have less mobility. Stretch and do mobility work.
Embrace your new can-do attitude. You’ll notice that as you complete your workouts, you’ll feel more confident. Your confidence also increases as the shape of your body improves. You’ll feel stronger, better and faster. You’ll feel like you can do anything. Enjoy the confidence that working out gives you. You worked hard and you deserve it. Test your skills in other activities.
Stay humble. There’s always someone stronger than you. Don’t let your new confidence turn into arrogance and get you injured in the process.
Do less. The biggest reason for failure is over committing and over exerting. If you try to do too much too soon you might burn yourself out or when your progress doesn’t go at the speed that you imagined. Just do less than you think you can. Make sure you’re well adjusted before increasing your weight or trying a new change.