Getting The Most Out Of Your Workout
Today’s busy lifestyles make it a challenge for us to put ourselves first and work on our well being and fitness. So much can get in the way of making it to the daily 1-hour CrossFit class. It requires a constant commitment as we continually try to be the best we can be.
That being said, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your class:
In order to be present you have to be willing to focus all your energy on you. Not on all the stresses in life that can be understandably overwhelming. I always say that I like to leave all my “baggage” in the car before I come into the gym- 1) so I can focus on improving my skills and getting a good workout and 2) It’s not fair to bring my problems or negativity because that could bring others down as well. So try to focus all your energy on getting a great workout in. Don’t worry, your baggage will be waiting for you in the car.
Focus On The Foundations First
CrossFit fitness program is a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.
There are so many movements to improve upon. Focusing first on the foundation of each movement is key to your success. Even after you feel you have gotten a movement down there is always a way to make it even better and/or more efficient. Be patient with the process and work on technique and skill first before increasing load.
One way to improve your performance is to become more mobile and flexible.
What is the difference between Mobility and Flexibility?
A person with great mobility is able to perform functional movement patterns with no restrictions in the range of motion (ROM) of those movements. A flexible person may or may not have the core strength, balance, or coordination to perform the same functional movement as the person with great mobility. There can be many imbalances that can cause this but these can be fixed with soft tissue work like foam rolling, lacrosse ball, stretching, and strengthening. The best time to increase mobility/flexibility is right after you work out when your muscles are warm. Try adopting a cool-down stretching routine to target weaknesses and tight areas.
Have A Plan
What do you want to achieve? What are your short term and long term goals? Write them down! Set Goals – Make a Plan – Get To Work – Stick To It – Reach Goals.
Share them with family and friends to help keep you accountable. You can trade them with workout partners and coaches are also available to help you achieve your goals.
Everyday when we hear 321 go, it’s a chance to learn so much about ourselves. How did I feel? How well did I move? Was every rep the best it could be? Did I load the barbell correctly? Did I scale appropriately? Could I have pushed harder? Did I push too hard? What skills do I need to improve?
As long as you come in and try your very best I’d call that a good day! O ya! And never judge yourself by one bad workout. It is always better that you have tried than to have done nothing at all.
All that you accomplish in the gym will translate into your life outside the gym as well. The gains in abilities and personal confidence will empower you in all aspects of your life.
Most Important!!! Have Fun! Have Fun! Have Fun!!!