I recently had a discussion with one of our members. She was disappointed that she didn’t perform as well as she wanted to on a WOD. As I explored more into her issue, I realized her struggle has been going on for more than a week. I asked her the usual questions: What are you eating? How are you sleeping? How many rest days do you take? None of her answers seemed to raise any flags. Then I asked, “What else did you do today?” I was thrown off by her answer. She said she only ran in the morning like she always does. Of course, I ask “How far?”. “My normal 3 miles.” Now, for someone like me who doesn’t run nearly often enough, running 3 miles everyday would take it’s toll, fast. But for this individual, it’s a normal day. Her condition is not an unusual case in the gym and it brings me to the point of this post. You have to realize that everything you do causes some kind of stress on your body. Even if all of the pieces line up: You eat right, you sleep well, you mobilize, you take fish oil, and you drink plenty of water, you have to take all of your physical activity into account.
Now, I’m not suggesting you only CrossFit. To the contrary, I strongly encourage you do other physically demanding activities besides CrossFit. In fact, the idea is to use CrossFit to better prepare yourself for those activities. But, if your goal is to crush WODs, be mindful of how much stress you endure outside the box. Finding the right balance is key.
If you happen to run into Ray Fernandez (pictured above in his regular pose), congratulate him on his very first muscle up. It must be muscle up season. Who’s next to check the box?
TODAY: WEDS, JUNE 13, 2013
20 MINUTES TO FIND 3 REP MAX WEIGHTED RING DIPS
100 BARBELL THRUSTERS FOR TIME 95#/65#