CrossFit training offers a great way for anyone to become physically fit and healthier overall. By using structured CrossFit workouts as a basis for an efficient total workout, participants can reach their fitness goals faster and easier. Yet all athletes occasionally experience trouble spots in their CrossFit training which might slow down their progress. Rather than becoming discouraged, use the tips referenced below to get past any problems with CrossFit workouts and progress to the next level.
Too Much, Too Soon
Success with CrossFit requires a good mental outlook and a high level of enthusiasm. It is normal to become excited about starting a routine of CrossFit training and become really active. Unfortunately, when participants do too much at once - especially in the beginning - this overload can actually prevent progress. Rather than risk injury or burnout, CrossFit workouts should be done with a gradual, slow, and steady mindset. Master things slowly, then progressively increase for the best results.
Workout burnout is related to doing too much, too soon. It occurs when CrossFit workouts are too intense or strenuous and the body cannot recover quickly enough. This is yet another reason why the slow but steady method of working out is so important. While gradually building strength and stamina, proper CrossFit training also builds the body’s ability to recover. As recovery time improves, this can be used as an indicator that it is okay to take on more of a workout.
Stiffness and Bad Form
Good mobility is an essential need to progress with CrossFit training and achieve fitness goals. When this mobility is lacking and the body is stiff due to poor general form, it is impossible to perform CrossFit workouts correctly, and progress is slowed. If mobility and stiffness become an issue, participants should take a step back and include specific exercises to improve mobility and decrease stiffness in these areas in order to get the full benefit from other workouts.
Avoiding the Bad and Overdoing the Good
While it is great to be good at certain exercises in a workout and excel at them, CrossFit workouts are designed to challenge the entire body, not just a few areas. Exercises that are more difficult require additional attention in order to improve fitness and the ability to perform them. Sticking only with the exercises that become easier over time prevents a balanced workout, which after a while can impede progress in CrossFit training. It is important to keep up with the easier activities, yet work harder on the more difficult ones so they eventually become easier as well.
Getting the most from CrossFit workouts requires understanding that these workouts are specifically designed to build on current total body condition to progress to higher fitness levels. Getting stuck due to lack of mobility, burnout, or reduced strength with a particular exercise may be a problem; however, with the right approach, these problems can be resolved.
Above all, participants in CrossFit training must stay motivated and simply incorporate the method to resolve their issue into the workout as just another step. Motivation, and understanding why these workout problems happen, is the best way to keep CrossFit workouts on track and slowly progressing!