CrossFit is hard work. By definition it’s “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains”.
But are you really performing with high intensity?
When people think of CrossFitters they think of fire breathing athletes who are always giving 110%… and this can be true of many but it’s necessarily true of all. Maybe you’ve been doing CrossFit for a while and feel you aren’t improving. It could be the weight isn’t coming off or you don’t seem to be getting stronger. While nutrition and patience are usually the top contributors to stalls in progress, there’s another variable out there that some don’t consider: you’re not pushing yourself.
Do you know what gives up before your body? Your mind. This is true not only of CrossFitters but of any sport. The best athletes in any gym don’t have some magic bodies that don’t feel pain. They know how to push themselves past the pain when the time is right. When 10 reps are hard they don’t put the bar down. They do 5 more reps.
“But I don’t want to get hurt” is something we often here. But remember the priority of all the coaches at CrossFit Peekskill is your safety. So questioning whether you’re pushing yourself isn’t about needing to push yourself to do something you aren’t ready for. We want you to get the most out of your workout. Pushing yourself doesn’t mean you need to go RX on the workout and spend 10 min more than anyone else. But if you find you continually take breaks as soon as it gets hard, or go light in the workout because you’re scared – PUSH IT! Go outside your comfort zone. Do that run without stopping. Get in those extra 5 reps. If you never get to that point of pushing yourself, that hour at the gym that you think you’re burning 500 calories could only be 200.
Written by Coach Chloe.