7/1/2015 - Do More, but Do Less

by Coach Matt

As an affiliate owner I am blessed to be surrounded by people that “get it.” In an industry that’s obsessed with instant gratification, openly accepts mediocrity, and is riddled with mistruth, CrossFit is a beacon of light. CrossFitters know that true fitness is a life long journey that takes hard work, dedication, passion, and discipline. The desire to constantly push the limits of human performance is what sets us apart from other fitness methodologies.

Unfortunately, this desire can result in a tendency to think that more is better. It is common for both new and experienced CrossFitters to fall into this trap . I’ve seen it time and time again. A new athlete starts CrossFitting consistently and is PRing everything they touch for the first 3 months to a year. This is exciting and it’s natural to get fired up so much that you just don’t want to miss a workout! All of the WODs just look so enticing that you go to the gym even though you know you probably need a rest day.

A similar thing can happen with experienced CrossFitters. When the PR’s aren’t happening quite as often, it’s natural to want to up the volume or to abandon the programming that has got you to this point. There may actually be merit to doing either one of these things, but more often than not it comes back to recovery. Are you taking rest days frequently enough that you feel fresh and energized each time you come to the gym? Are you sleeping enough? Are you hydrated? Are you eating enough to support performance? These are all questions you should be asking yourself when deciding how to approach your training.

Even experienced CrossFitters can benefit from taking multiple rest days each week. Ultimately, everybody is different so it’s important that you listen to your body and that you experiment with different training splits so that you can decide what works best for you. Here’s a post from Pat Sherwood’s instagram about a week ago. If you’re unfamiliar with Pat, he has been CrossFitting pretty much since the beginning. He is a true CrossFit OG and he really knows his stuff. Food for thought:

For about the last 6 months I was working out 6 days a week. I knew that was too much but I continued doing it because sometimes I'm an idiot. It finally caught up with me a few weeks ago. Since then I've rested on thursdays and Sundays. Workouts have started feeling good again & I'm recovering much better. Make sure you are listening to your body.