We all want to get better, faster, stronger and fitter. Sometimes a new set of eyes or a different
perspective will help with this. Here are some things I do when I workout to try and better myself, my
time, my score and my weights.
1. Stop Clock Watching.
Don’t look at the clock. Unless you are in the Open or a competition, don’t look at the clock. The coaches are there, and they will tell you the time when you need to know. This takes your focus away from your movement and breathing patterns.
2. Intensity = results.
Don’t “game” the workout. You will never know how far your body will go until you push it to that level. Intensity breeds results and “gaming” the workout will not give you that intensity. If you say to yourself, “hey I will pick that bar back up in 5 seconds”, I bet it turns into 10. Being mentally strong is just as important as being physically strong.
3. Heart Rate Monitors
Stop paying attention to your heart rate monitors on your apple watch. Heart rate training has
benefits, but it also has its place. CrossFit is a high intensity workout. Your coaches are trained
to monitor athletes for safety. We know you. We know what you are capable of. Sometimes
better than you do. Trust your coaches. We know what we are doing. PS- If you can talk to me
about your heart rate mid workout, then you aren’t working hard enough.
4. I Am…So…Thirsty
Water breaks are hindering your performance. Drink water before your workout. Stopping mid
workout to go across the gym to get your water bottle just takes time away from your workout.
Your body doesn’t need water, you need air. Hydration for your workout started hours ago. If
you drink good volumes of water throughout the day, you are good to go.
Breathe! Find a breathing pattern that keeps you moving. Breathe through your nose as often
as possible and take deep breaths, even when you’re tired. Time your reps the best you can
with this pattern. Breathe out when you exert force – whether it’s with a barbell or bodyweight
movement! We have a great blog article on breathing, but hey maybe I am just partial to it.
6. Chalk Monsters
Chalk Monsters – chill out. On the rig, most of the time it isn’t the sweat keeping you from your
reps, it’s your grip strength. In some cases, chalk will help us, but when we use too much the
extra friction will cause our hands to rip. (Grips & gloves also increase friction!) If you want to
get better at toes-to-bar, pull-ups & muscle-ups, work on your grip strength. Chalk also turns
into another distraction during a metcon – just like the water bottle.
7. Stay Put
Don’t walk away from the bar or other workout instrument you might be using. If you need to
take a breath, take it right there. Walking away wastes time.
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