Learning to control and gauge the intensity in your CrossFit workout will help keep you safe and injury-free in the long-run.
There is no question about it — CrossFit does a great job of marketing themselves and spurring others into joining their sport. If you’ve seen the inspiring movies such as Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness or Froning: The Fittest Man in History, you may have been so motivated you sought out a CrossFit gym and joined on the spot.
The thing about human nature is, we want to run before we can even crawl, and this can prove to be troublesome in fitness and sports. What you don’t always see in the movies is the time, hard work, and dedication these athletes put in — they didn’t just simply decide on a whim to be the fittest people on Earth! So, as a CrossFit beginner, the fundamentals are essential — you most likely won’t be able to keep up with seasoned athletes at first, and that’s okay — this is why learning to manage your workout intensity is important.
At CrossFit Stimulus, your health and wellness are key — it is never our goal to make you workout until you puke — but rather evoke an effort and intensity that fuel and produce your fitness goals. Take a moment out of your day and read more about pacing your workout intensity.
The Intensity Faux Pas
As we eluded to above, we are notorious for coming in too hot when it comes to our workout intensity and this can cause injury early on in our CrossFit experience. As a beginner, it is hard to know where to draw the line — we may feel amazing during a WOD and then barely be able to walk the next day, this is where learning to manage your intensity comes into play. Think about it, when was the last time you went into a workout and felt totally in control of it from beginning to end — your first lift was just as precise as the last? Of course, it takes experience to know your limits, which is why seasoned athletes are so good at it. As you journey further into CrossFit, you’ll begin to know and understand your body and know exactly where those limits reside.
The Case for Dipping in Your Toe
When it comes to CrossFit, you may benefit more from dipping in your toe before you whole-heartedly jump in. When you begin, sign up for fundamental classes and progress into the group classes. And once you’re more comfortable, never stop learning. Ask people how to train smarter while preventing injury. The more you have a grasp on the basic lifts and WODs, the better you can gauge and manage your intensity to push a little more each time.
Why We Need Intensity
Intensity is not a bad thing. Intensity is what pushes us and where we see the greatest benefits in running sprints seconds faster or adding weight to our power clean — it makes us better, stronger, and more fit people.
The message people get is that CrossFit is so intense and this is where the muddled message comes from — CrossFit can be extremely beneficial and potentially harmful at the same time. Just remember, you are in control and you can become a better athlete by managing your workout intensity.
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