My Training Lately Sucks | Seattle CrossFit Gym in Queen Anne

Training for me has been the most consistent as the last 6 months.  In the “consistent department” I couldn’t be any more happier.  Now, the “Performance Department” is a completely different situation.  The last 2 months haven’t been as “awesome” as I’d like and to an extent I’ve been puzzled.  There  has NEVER been a time in my life that my performance has felt so lacking and  somewhat revers.   To be honest I have never tested myself to this degree to have ever noticed if the “reversal effect” was present.  To some this may be a huge surprise because I have been a Personal Trainer for almost 7 years and an avid CrossFitter for over 3 1/2 years.  Let me explain.  When I started CrossFit I did whatever what was on the main site.  If it was light or heavy, I did it.  I would also repeat WOD’s (i.e. “Fran”, “Murph”, “Sevens”, etc) and have PR’d everyone of them.  However, I started a new protocol that simply challenges me on a daily basis which has a higher workload.  I definitely questioned my fitness almost on a daily basis, which is exactly what one needs!

In the beginning I would complete each workout  knowing it would be one of the hardest WOD’s I’ve done, but only because it was incredibly heavy!  However, that was awesome because that’s exactly what I needed, especially since I wanted to compete for 2013 “CrossFit Open”.  I have desired strength for the longest time and finally feel I’m on the right path.  So the problem came 2 months ago when I didn’t feel like I was even close to the strength I’ve had in the past, especially in my squat, snatch and jerk.  And………..that’s when I realized I had a problem!  I had been taxing my body so hard without proper recovery.  I solved this by keeping rest days normal, I Increased mobility,  water consumpton, started taking Krill Oil (Omega+) and  getting more sleep.  I am now just starting to feel normal again and also starting to see some gains in performance FINALLY, but it’s been a very slow process.

So, “what’s your point?” I’m glad you asked.  My point is that you wont always perform at your BEST, your body is going to go through these cycles which can be frustrating but  you need to be patient.  If you ever start feeling like you are “hitting the wall” or starting to feel abnormal from your norm, stop and think about what needs to be different in your regimen.  (This statement could stand true to many things in life not just training.)  The great thing about CrossFit is that is that it is always challenging, always changing and you are never comfortable.  However, you still have to take care of your body, the more you challenge it the more you need to nurture it.

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