The newbie gains come thick and fast when you first start CrossFit, but unfortunately they don’t last forever…
A year down the line things start to plateau and PBs are fewer and farther between. When I watch CrossFitters walking on their hands and repping out muscle-ups (heck, even repping out pull-ups) I still feel very new to the sport – despite having been doing it over two years now – although something that does remind me that I’m not so green anymore is my lack of newbie gains: that is, every time I go into the box I’m not hitting new PBs like you do in those golden first months of CrossFit. Even though we’re all supposed to be doing this sport for fun, it can get you down and you may not be that happy-go-lucky CrossFitter you were when you were PBing every week!
I’ve switched up my training strategy of late and last week I finally added 5kg onto my split jerk after being stuck on a plateau for a year. Hooray! That doesn’t mean the spell is broken and the hard work is over – I’m consistently working on a few different strategies to ensure I continue to progress in CrossFit. Read on to find out what I’ve been trying to finally smash through my plateau now my newbie gains are well and truly over.
Training for a walk like the Camino de Santiago is very different to the challenges I’m used to, like recruiting my fast twitch muscle fibres and creatine energy system for a 1RM snatch or high box jump, say, or working the anaerobic system to get a fast mile time. The challenge of a long hike is the fatigue – both mental and physical – and keeping your muscles working together for the entire walk.
It’s less heavy squats and fast burpees, and more spending time on your feet and ensuring those small stabiliser muscles are being used optimally. Of course, it’s a given you need to do some longer weekend walks to prepare yourself, but there are other aspects you may not have thought of. Read on to hear about how I’ve been training over the past few weeks, and how you can apply the principles to a trekking challenge like the Camino.
Hindsight is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? And so is learning from others’ mistakes – or at least it would be, if we actually did. We humans are far too egotistical, always thinking we know best and that the mistake won’t happen to us. Maybe that’s just me, but I’d be surprised if it was.
I still think I’m very new to CrossFit, but I’ve been doing the sport for nearly two years now, and yep, I’ve made mistakes – despite coaches and peers warning me. I’ll probably make a lot more mistakes, too, but hopefully not the very same ones again.
I’m going to drop some knowledge bombs from my two years here: if you’re anything like me, you’ll read and ignore, choosing to do your own thing. But maybe you’re a newbie CrossFitter who’d really like to do things right the first time, in which case this advice might just benefit you – but either way, read on to hear about my mistakes at least!
The CrossFit Games Open is the yearly competition which leads elite athletes into Regionals, with around half a million athletes worldwide signing up to join in. This includes teens, masters, teams, newbie CrossFitters, and those who have been doing it since day one. But they’re not all going to Regionals – there are only 50 spots per division. So why do we do it?
This was my second CrossFit Open, and I do it for the camaraderie with my fellow CrossFitters, but also to benchmark my progress. Last year I set the bar, and I was really keen to prove my progress over the last year during the workouts. Read on to hear about my five reflections on the past five weeks and how they compare to my 2016 attempt.
Let’s be real here – I am not a morning person. I don’t leap out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off to meditate and drink a green juice, though I know many people do this and they love it. I say, “that’s just not me!”. They say, “you can train yourself to do it!” But you know what? I like my sleep, I like my bed, and I’m perfectly OK that the extra hour in bed means sacrificing seeing the sun come up.
However, sometimes a girl has gotta do what she’s gotta do – sometimes I’ll have a busy day of meetings or travel (or sometimes I’ll have to be on a Navy boat to train at 6am, like in the above photo!), so the only way I can get my workout in is going first thing in the morning. Gulp. This is only going to increase in the run-up to my first individual CrossFit competition as I ramp up my training and look to get two sessions in some days.