CrossFit is a high intensity, physically demanding activity that places strain on your body. While this exertion is beneficial to muscle development and cardiovascular improvement, it can, at times, leave even the most experienced athlete feeling sore and run down. It is quite common to place more emphasis on the workouts themselves and neglect the recovery process that your body needs to make even more progress. To compliment your hard work in the gym, follow these recovery guidelines and reap the benefits!
Contrary to popular belief, you are not required to meet a prerequisite fitness level before joining your local CrossFit box. CrossFit is scalable, for every age and every fitness level. From never stepping foot into a gym to the last time you worked out in high school (which was over 10 years ago), that is okay. Here at Jones N4 CrossFit, we meet you where you are. Our coaches keep all their athletes moving in a safe environment and know exactly how to push you out of your comfort zone but never out of your abilities. Just as CrossFit is scalable, the CrossFit Open is scalable as well, which is why we highly encourage each of you to participate in the Open.
Gymnastics teaches you basic movement patterns such as squatting, jumping, pulling and pushing. These body mechanics are vital and functional to your quality of everyday life. In anything new you are learning, it’s never a great idea to skip the basics. Imagine how hard it would be skipping pre-school, never learning the alphabet or 1,2,3’s but trying to read a book and calculate math. Mastery of the CrossFit Gymnastic movements will not only improve body weight movements but also how well you can move objects such as a barbell, kettlebell, medicine ball or dumbbell.
It’s probably the most common excuse that we hear (or perhaps have used ourselves): “I’d love to make it to class, but I just don’t have time.” Really? Is that truly the case? Do you not have time OR are you not making it a priority? Try saying this instead: “I’d love to make it to class, but it’s just not a priority.” Oh---not really what you want to hear, but most likely a little closer to the truth.