It is easy to get caught up in the competitiveness of CrossFit. If you have “drank the Kool Aid”, you know what I am talking about. Usually this happens after a few months of starting and you are now at the point where you know most movements and are starting to make real progress in your fitness. Usually, athletes then get into a schedule (4-5 times a week) and are starting to think about what “extra” things they can do. Although we are more than happy to see people get serious about their fitness and want to get better, one thought comes to mind:
At what point is “more” too much, and less is better?
As mentioned in previous blog posts, training is a stressor. So can be relationships, work, social events and poor recovery. If there are many stressors happening at once is it smart to workout really hard for a full hour? Contrary to popular belief, you can’t “let your stress out on the weights”. Will you be able to get a good training session if your day was full of negative emotions/feelings? Will there be any risks in piling stress on the body? What you can do, instead, is train smarter. Had a rough day? Dial the intensity down and practice your technique, do accessory work or just go on the bike for a nice little ride.
At Celebration CrossFit we are not only concerned with your times, scores, weights and aesthetics. We care about performance, overall health and quality of life (in and outside the gym). Improvements in performance can’t come around if you are injured, have low energy or is inconsistent in training (all of which are possible consequences of having too many stressors). In many of these cases, less is more.
We currently live in a society in which more is better.
Taking work home is a sign of hard work. Doing multiple training sessions a day is a sign of strength. Having an eventful life is a sing of being successful. But is it sustainable? At what point are you going to have to slow down, and “take that much needed vacation”? If we are able to keep a balanced life we won’t have to burn ourselves out to a point where you “desperately need the time off”. This will allow for steady improvement in many areas of life. In regards to training, different movements require different training methods and different movement patterns, so more isn’t always better.
Of course we can’t always control things like work demands, training sessions or personal incidents. But what we can do is realize when we need to do less. Less work, less social interactions and ,yes, less working out. Focus more on getting back to balance. That might be dialing in your nutrition, improving your recovery or re-organizing your schedule. After “drinking the Kool Aid” you might think that coming in more often or doing extra-extra credit will get you further but, maybe, due to your work schedule, training regime and other stressors, doing less might be better.
We can help you with all of those. Let one of our Celebration CrossFit coaches know if you are having trouble finding that balance, so we can find out how we can make less be more in your life.
by Coach Matt