2012 is HERE! Before the excitement fades for what the new year can potentially bring you lets make sure you have some of the major fundamentals nailed down. For those of you who are just starting CrossFit it normal that you don't know much about the in's and out's of the workouts, nutrition plan, recovery and mental preparation it takes to succeed. And for those who have been doing CrossFit for many months this list should be automatic, and if not, they now is the best time to make them part of your 2012 routine.
Here is what NOT to do and WHY:
Don't Journal: One of the major motivators of any sports/workout program (especially CF). You have to be crazy if you want any kind of results/improvement and you DON'T JOURNAL. Read up on this old blog post I wrote about a while back on JOURNALING.
Just focus on working out and not on your diet: People come to CrossFit to workout, not to diet. But boy is that as stupid as it gets! Whatever you put in your mouth over and over again you will eventually look like (i.e. donut/bagel). Most of us usually eat 'better' when we start working out, but most people don't even know what 'better' is. Successful dieting takes the same principles and a successful exercise program. Take the time to learn, prepare, and execute and you will fast fwd any results you desire. And if you haven't taken advantage of our NUTRITION CHECK IN, schedule it with one of the coaches this week!
Too much too soon: Coach Burgener says over and over, flexibility and range of motion before strength. It is waay to easy to go for the glory and throw too much weight on the bar and tweak/pull/pop something that can stop your results dead in their tracks. Relax, be patience and go with the mindset of a sprinter in a marathon, it is going to be a long journey, but go hard every workout...smartly.
Don't do the full warm up: This is a great Bill Starr article that really motivated me about warming up. Not only can you injure yourself much easier, but you are actually cutting down your results with every single workout. Take the time and do it right. Also, I have found that wearing long sleeves and sweats during the warm up help warm you up even better:-)
CHERRY PICKING THE WODS: What you hate the most is exactly what you need the most. Don't be guilty of picking and choosing what WODs you will or wont do. Attack your weaknesses. If you hate endurance, its because you SUCK at it, so get better! Afraid of getting bulky, shut up, throw some weight on the bar, and you will tone up like never before.
Anything you would like to add, from personal experience or something you see from others of what NOT to do and WHY???
3RM Overhead Squat
AMRAP 12 minutes:
10 Ring Push-ups
20 Walking Lunges
Posted by Chris.