Trust us. We understand busy schedules. In fact, many of the members we have here at Great White CrossFit initially joined because they needed a more efficient workout that didna��t require them to be in the gym for hours at a time.
Thata��s why wea��ve put together this list of ways you can make your time at the box as productive and fulfilling as possible.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME AT GREAT WHITE CROSSFIT:
SET A TRAINING SCHEDULE
While you generally enjoy coming into the box, there are some days when maybe overtime at work, school papers, family issues and other nasty things can really get you in the mood to skip the WOD “just because.”
A good way to deter the “just because” excuse is to get into the habit of coming in at the same time on the same days. Once youa��ve created this habit, it becomes automatic. Youa��ll find yourself going to the box without any force involved regardless of the plants who could probably use watering (or any other strange excuse you give yourself.)
Bottom line: A schedule keeps you consistent, and consistency is the key to forming healthy habits.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS, CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS
If youa��re serious about hitting your fitness goal, ita��s critical to track your progress. And we dona��t mean stepping on the scale every morning and completely freaking out at any increase in weight.
Muscle weighs more than fat, so if youa��re doing it right youa��ll be gaining lean muscle while youa��re losing fat which doesna��t always result in seeing a lower number on the scale.
Throw out that scale and buy a notebook. Keeping track of your workouts and progress will help you train with a purpose. If you did 5 back squats at 135 a few months ago, and that sequence has come up again, well now youa��ll know what number to shoot higher than.
Bottom line: Knowing what you did yesterday will help you be better today.
COME EARLY, STAY LATE (TRAIN MORE, CHAT MORE)
Many of us get into the habit of coming in on-time and leaving on-time. Thata��s by no means a bad habit. But to make the most of your workout, the best thing you can do is put in a little extra time before and after class.
We know, working out before working out sounds like advice from a crazy person, but ita��s really the key to taking your fitness to the next level.
Ita��s no news to say that putting in some extra credit will turn you into a better athlete, but when you do it with other athletes that like to go above and beyond outside of class times, youa��re fostering some really positive relationships. Thata��s when the true awesomeness happens.
zoloft without prescription, purchase lioresal. Bottom line: To get the most out of your training session, put in some extra work both physically and socially
ASK FOR HELP
Ita��s ok to admit that you feel a little intimidated to ask for help at the box. But dona��t be! Even those big, huge, grunting, bearded guys were new once. Everyone has been in the same spot and therea��s absolutely no shame in needing some extra help to understand a movement. In fact, thata��s the sign of a smart athlete whoa��s on their way to big things.
Bottom line: Therea��s no such thing as a stupid question. Except for maybe, “Can I pee before you start the clock?” We dona��t like that one.
ALWAYS HAVE A WATER BOTTLE CLOSE BY (ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUa��RE NOT TRAINING)
Are you the type to only drink water when youa��re feeling really thirsty or maybe you like to chug the majority of your daya��s water intake right before and after a WOD? Well, you might want to change that and herea��s why.
Feeling thirsty and getting dry mouth indicates that your body is already dehydrated. Dehydration can reduce the volume of blood pumped by the heart which means less oxygen to the muscles which often results in premature fatigue. And if you try to quick fix your dehydration by drinking lots of fluid right before class it can cause bloating and cramping. Thata��s a terrible way to suffer through a WOD.
This is especially important for women. “Women are not small men,” says Stacy Sims, Ph.D., exercise physiologist-nutrition scientist. “Theya��re five times more likely than men to have GI problems when exercising . . . women are also more likely to suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
Bottom line: To get the most out of your training session, stay hydrated all day long before you step foot into the box.
We want you to sleep more. In fact, we insist you sleep more. We cana��t stress enough the importance of getting a good nighta��s rest because without it, all the training and dieting in the world will just be a waste of time.
Ita��s hard to believe that something you do when youa��re not even awake can be one of the most important ways you can make the most out of your training sessions, but ita��s true. To put it simply, lack of sleep stresses out your body which cases weight gain and anxiety.
Bottom line: Prioritize your sleep. Prioritize your well-being.
PRACTICE MOBILITY AT HOME
Stretching and becoming more flexible really shouldna��t take a back seat in your plan to become a fitter you. If we could tack on an extra 30 minutes to the WOD for mobility, wea��d do just that! An hour a day at the box isna��t going to undo a lifetime of sitting on your bum craning over a keyboard.
Invest in a few key items for home like a foam roller and a PVC pipe to improve your range of motion while youa��re watching TV or right before bed. Practicing mobility at home will improve your overall athletic ability and will decrease the risk of injury.
Bottom line: Mobilize everywhere and invest in the tools to do so.