Jun 5 2014
Free Class Saturday at 11AM – Come see what CrossFit is all about before signing up for the next round of Beginner’s Classes starting June 16th!
Sunday Open Gym – 1 to 3pm
Work, Rest, and Recovery
Many people in CrossFit LOVE that post WOD feeling of exhaustion. We give our all during our workouts and flop on the ground afterwards with nothing left in the tank. We love feeling beat down. We all KNOW that if 2 WODs is good for us, 3 must be better and Rich Froning does like 49 WODs a week – so we should do that too!
We’re extremely wrong.
You don’t get better by working out more. You get better by resting and recovering. You have got to learn your bodies balance between ready to WOD and needing to rest. For most new people to CrossFit this falls somewhere in the 3-5 WODs a week. As we become more experienced in CrossFit that can change Up OR(!) Down. Yes, as you become better at CrossFit the answer to get you progressing faster might be taking more rest.
When more isn’t always better: Think about distance runners. They run 10K and then they get ready and run a Half Marathon (13.1 mi). Then they run a Full Marathon (26.2 mi). Many stop here but if more is better they might end up running Ultras of 50K to 100+mi. If more was always better then every “Fit” person in the world would look like Forest Gump when he’s running across country. And the answer to “why are you running” would always be “I’m in too good of shape!”
No, more is not always better. In Running, CrossFit, Carbs…basically everything except Bacon.
But! Instead of simply resting, take charge of getting better by using your non-wod time to RECOVER. Come into the gym and Foam Roll, Mobilize, Warm Up, take a walk, work on a skill. Nothing INTENSE but get your body moving. It’ll help break down the scar tissue and make you ready to WOD again, sooner.
70 Push Ups
60 Wall Balls
50 Hang Power Cleans (95/65)
30 Box Jumps
20 Shoulder to Overhead (95/65)
10 Bar Muscle Ups (3x Pull Ups)