Despite that, knowledge is – as they say – power, and learning in greater depth about the following 3 training mistakes can help you to progress more effectively, and as a result, increase your fitness level, PRs, and general Crossfit performances.
‘Recovery is as important as training.’
If you train hard, then you need to take time to recover properly, or else what’s the point? If a Crossfitter is making incredible short term gains, only to burn out and loose them a few months later, then the whole process has been counter-productive from the very start.
Every athlete is different, and as a result, takes their own personal amount of time to recover. Training a lot is great fun, and will produce results, provided it is intelligently done and coupled with adequate rest and the right nutrition.
In a recent interview between BOXROX and Katrin Davidsdottir, the 2015 winner of the CrossFit Games, she told us that ever since she was a young girl, she would train for gymnastics for up to 3 hours a day, so she has no problems with the high volume and intensity of training patterns required for a professional Crossfit athlete, because she was used to it.
For us mortals, many of us don’t have this kind of athletic base to build upon. If we suddenly up our programming to include multiple Wods per day, and smash ourselves headlong into this new system, then fun as it may be, it will probably not be sustainable, and could result in burnout and/or injury. Gradually upping the intensity, and making time for recovery, is a more intelligent route on the pathway to progress.
Katrin also remarked that one of her strengths as an athlete is the ability to listen to her body, and to take a rest day if she knows she needs it (and not because she is making excuses). She knows that this is more important in and will help her reduce training mistakes in the long run.
Signs of Overtraining
If you are not sure whether you are overtraining or not, speak to your coach, analyse your recent performances, or see whether any of the following apply to you:
- Bad moods and raised stress levels
- Decreased performances
- Difficulty sleeping
- Higher than normal levels of post-workout muscle soreness (can also be caused by poor nutrition)
TRAINING MISTAKES: SOLUTIONS
- MAKE time for recovery.
- ENJOY active recovery time: swimming is a perfect activity for this, as is cycling, as they both give your body a rest from the heavy jarring of barbell lifts or gymnastic stresses.