The longer you CrossFit, the more you’ll learn about yourself, your body, and the community you’ve become apart of. Here I’m going to share 10 things I’ve learned since having started coaching over 5 years ago. Read on!
- The mainsite (CrossFit.com) will always kick your butt – It might not seem that way, but CrossFit.com still packs a punch. If you are bored of following intricate programs, go back to the mainsite and don’t change anything.
- You do not need to PR everyday – There is no point in getting disappointed if you didn’t set a new max or beat your old Fran time. What matters is that you are consistently improving over the long term. A bad breakfast can ruin one training session, not a whole season.
- You do not need to Max Out everyday – Yes, Olympic weightlifters might do it, but you are not an Olympic weightlifter. You are a functional athlete. You do not need to max out every day to get stronger and better.
- Moderation – 50 Pull-ups are good. 200 are better. Nope. Remember, it is not only the sheer volume, but the quality of training time you put in. If you are trying to get a new skill, do not just hop on the bar and try to knock out butterfly pull-ups until your hands rip. Instead, practice the progressions slowly and you are sure to get them.
- Check your ego at the door. No, really. Check your ego at the door – As your training ‘age’ goes up, you will understand that there is always someone that will be better than you on a workout. Do running workouts with runners and strength workouts with strong guys. This will not only force you to get better but force you to keep that ego in check.
- You never know too much – The moment that you think you know it all, someone will provide you with a reality check. There is always more information out there. If you know everything about Olympic weightlifting (really?) why don’t you research what training method will aid in buffering FKBP12. You get the idea.
- You are not Rich Froning (gasp!) – This is one of my favorites. Even if you are good enough to knock Rich off his barbell throne, you got there your own way, not his way. Everyone responds to training differently. You need to realize what works best for you and focus on that.
- Magic Pills are magic – This goes for both supplements and training programs. Following supersecrettraining.com for one day won’t make you a games champion just like taking Essence of Ram Vas Deferas won’t make you squat 500lbs. Hard work is magical, but magic doesn’t exist outside Hogwarts.
- Not everything applies, but it might be applicable – This might sound like a Yogism and it might be. For example, Westside Barbell training might not apply to a functional athlete because it is designed only around 3 lifts at known events, but some of the teachings, like working hard on your weaknesses, are very applicable to your training. Always keep this question in mind when learning from outside of your field. How is it applicable?
- It is not always worth it – Yeah, you might want to show that young gun up because he just yelled to the whole room about his PR in a very self-centered manner. Don’t fall for his bait. Continue teaching to a whole new generation of athletes everything that you have learned along the way.
There you have it folks. 10 things that you will learn the longer you CrossFit. I might be young but have been involved with CrossFit long enough to have learned every one of these lessons the hard way. Please read up and have a nice think about your training after this. Leave any questions or comments below or on our Facebook page.