Do It Right
One of the things I love about CrossFit is that it has allowed me do things and accomplish feats that I never though possible. When I walk into the box I am ready to do more and more. I feel like I can do anything. I have become addicted to that feeling. I yearn for it and don’t want to be without it. I look forward to that high. Some times I push and push to the point of my own detriment. This is the point I want to talk about.
We go to the box to get better. As long as we are better when we leave then when we walked through the door, we have accomplished our goal. But what does “better” mean? Does it mean that I have to PR every time I show up? Or does it mean that I have to push myself until I throw up every workout? Maybe it means that I push myself to that 50/50 point. You know, that moment in the workout that you tell yourself that you’re on a roll, but its 50/50 you hurt yourself on that next lift. I am not saying I am right I am just saying it happens. Or how about when your shoulder is sore but you do snatches anyway? Maybe its day four in a row and you know you should take a rest day, or a day for mobility and stretching.
Getting better can mean doing one more rep at the same weight perfectly. This builds motor patterns that will allow the particular movement to become “second nature”. Maybe the increased mobility will allow you to get deeper and more comfortably into the bottom of that squat. Maybe that saves your back or shoulders from excess force that would cause injury. What if the rest you get that day allows you to push more next time and you finally hit that PR. The PR you wouldn’t have hit with lactic acid filled muscles that have been fatigued for three weeks.
Remember that we are playing the long game. If you are like me and you have chosen CrossFit as your preferred mode of exercise, then you will be doing it for a long time. There is no rush. Pace yourself and do it right. Don’t workout an injured joint or muscle. Don’t exercise 37 days in a row. And don’t put your health at risk because of your pride. What you should do is work hard, listen to your coaches, scale when needed, and be patient and consistent. Your gains will come much quicker when you do it the right way.