CrossFit, once a cult training system that caught on, has suddenly become an international phenomenon, drawing in athletes from all walks of life, ready to make their mark in what is arguably the hottest actual SPORT in the country. As a result, many of the participants are crossover athletes, bent on making a name for themselves quickly before moving on to their next endeavor. Perhaps they aren’t willing to put in the years of training in the box, paying their dues, learning the little intricacies that add up to create the well-versed CrossFit athlete. Perhaps their instant success at other sports led them to believe they could arrive and go “all out” and topple the sport overnight. Whatever the case, there is one factor which is overlooked more than any other, and one that is essential for CrossFit success… PATIENCE!
Most CrossFitters would agree that injuries are perhaps the most inevitable and most annoying part of training in a practice as intense as CrossFit. Yes, you are going to be pushing your body with explosive new lifts, always pushing to move more weight for more repetitions. High volume training leads to wear and tear. It is a normal part of the process. However, how you deal with the injury, however minor, will depend upon the level of patience you are able to exert. Small injuries heal, they persist, or they become larger injuries. The patient CrossFitter takes measures to help the small injuries heal – rest, massage, ice, and compression.
Athletes in many realms love to train. They train as frequently as their bodies will allow. Often, this leads to the very common chronic condition known as “overtraining”, in which the central nervous system (CNS) of the body is unable to recover from workouts. Soreness, exhaustion, disinterest and eventually, injuries will occur as a result. What many people forget is that CrossFit is a very intense practice, and one that requires most if not all of the muscle groups of the body to become involved. Ideal CrossFit training gives the athlete every other day for recovery. That may not be ideal or acceptable for some, but it does offer the central nervous time adequate time for recovery. All people train and recover differently, but the basic fact remains: If you aren’t sore at all following workouts, then you might not be training hard enough!
Listen to Coach
First off, you should choose the right trainer and the right Box. Don’t settle for second-best. Choose the one with the best results and most trusted trainers. Once you’ve achieved that, you need to LISTEN to what you are told by your trainer. Yes, micro-analyzing every aspect of things may help in other areas of life. But in this case, you need to LEARN before you can dissect, modify and change what works. Always listen to your body, but listen to coach first! The training system designed for you may not seem like enough at time, and you may feel you can tweak the weights more often. However, the sequential plan designed for you was done so by an expert. Stick with it, grow and evolve, and THEN you can learn how to modify, adapt, improve and grow your training system.
Watch the volume
Too little training volume is ineffective. Too much training volume will tax your system. Again, you have to practice patience and heed the advice of your training team. Sometimes you may feel like your workout didn’t contain enough sets. That’s okay – your next workout will be tougher, as every CrossFit training session builds upon the success of the last one in a very much cumulative system. Patience is a virtue, and one that is often ignored by the top athletes of the CrossFit sport. Be sure to give patience the same amount of dedication as you do your training, nutrition, and recovery. The results will be spectacular!