Jim Wendler, a former powerlifting champion, talks about getting strong in his great book, 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength. He mentions the most common question he gets from new or intermediate lifters is how they can get strong quick. Wendler responds that his system is a get strong over the next two years system. Quick gains are great and most beginners will see tremendous progress as they begin a new program and their body goes through its first adaptation period, however quick gains can be lost just as quickly if a person does not stay consistent with their training.
On Saturday, I was looking forward to completing a workout by my friend, Don. Twenty bodyweight backsquats followed by three rounds of 10 burpees, 15 kettlebell swings, and 20 double-unders finishing with a 400m run! During my warm-up, I felt a slight twinge in my knee as I powercleaned 210lbs and transferred the weight from my front rack position to my back. Now, as much as I wanted to get that workout in, I realized that my fitness is a life long endeavor. Two days later, with some tender-loving RICE, my knee feels good and I am a free to continue CrossFitting. Could I have completed that workout? Probably. But I probably would have also been risking greated injury. Train smart and train for a lifetime of fitness.