The growing trend of this ever-challenging workout training, called CrossFit is taking the world by storm for many reasons. With more and more people joining the sessions, its become important to make people aware of the mistakes that actually take away the amazing benefits this particular training has to offer. So, here we have collated eight common mistakes that you might be making inadvertently.
Check out how to avoid the common CrossFit Mistakes
Not Warming Up Properly
There is a reason why instructors stress on warm ups before any exercise, CrossFit is no exception to this. Your purpose may be to build muscles and cut down unwanted fats to give your body a chiseled look, but missing on a warm up session before any training session could actually do more harm than good to your body. The purpose of a proper warm up session is to make your muscles used to the high-intensity workout session that follows and help you perform your best. Lack of mobility and flexibility could harm your long-term performance and injure muscles.
Not eating properly
Diet plays an important role in building and maintaining your body. When you are following a CrossFit exercise regimen, you should have a diet schedule to follow too. Your body needs a certain amount of protein, carbs, and fibers to function properly and also to nourish your muscles. Your post-workout meal is as important as your regular meals. It helps you to replenish glycogen in the body post-workout since your body is depleted of glycogen storage. When you focus on building muscles with CrossFit, you should choose more of protein. A balance of protein and carbohydrates is required to maintain a healthy balance in your diet.
Not focusing on techniques
The basic step of following a workout regimen is to learn the techniques. Maintaining a proper technique is as important as escaping an injury by following the instructions. If you are not following the exact technique you might end up hurting yourself and your entire workout goes in vain as you dont get the result expected of that particular exercise. When you practice proper exercise with the right techniques, even when you do less number of reps, you actually reap the benefits of those particular exercises.
Not maintaining a training record
Keeping a track of your CrossFit training has a larger influence on your training regimen than you think. Tracking your training related to weight training, scores, reps and techniques help you evaluate your progress and set the right goal. Sudden changes and modifications in your routine might give you muscle cramps and sprains but if you have a track of your training, you can gradually increase the intensity and reps without getting injured.
Not knowing where to stop
CrossFit training can be tough and works as a great mood and energy booster. It is not surprising if you go on for more and end up overtraining, though you should stop right there and let your body recover for the next session. Overtraining can give you the momentary mental boost, but it could leave you injured and fatigued. So, rather than straining your body for 3 hours at a stretch, make a wiser choice to limit it to 1-1.30 hours a day. It is also important to let your body regain the energy and resist your mind from the temporary desire to do more.
Not considering rest
Probably this is not something uncommon that you are hearing now. Our body needs optimum rest to function properly and when it doesnt get it, we feel fatigued and stressed. Moreover, if you are a CrossFit practitioner, you already know how much mental and physical strength is required to perform this particular training. A quality sleep ensures you manage your daily work in a healthy way and give your best during the training session. Besides, your body needs to recover completely before you go for the next grueling session to reap the benefits of the training.
Not giving yourself enough time
Lets admit it! We all have, at a certain point of time, fallen prey to such emotional derailment factors when we question ourselves why our progress is not as great as others. There are times when you had a rough day at work, feeling tired but still join the training and simply feel frustrated when you are unable to deliver the best. You cant deny that this is when the question creeps in your mind- Why am I not seeing the improvements that I want to see? This could actually take you off your fitness wagon and encourage you to give up. Well, this is when you should tame your mind and remind yourself why you chose this sport, all your commitments and dedication will go in vain if you decide to give up.
Not focusing on your weakest moves
You might like to skip those days when you see the moves you hate are practiced. Oh yeah, we know that repugnant feeling! You might have seen at least a few people at your gym, who come only when their favorite workout is scheduled. If youre reading this article, then stop being too picky! There is a reason why your sessions have a mix of movements that you like and also dislike. Many movements in Crossfit workouts are inter-linked and you might not be able to see the desired result in your body without them. And, the only way to subside this fear or hatred towards certain moves is, be patient and practice.
If you are a beginner, remind yourself that focusing on the techniques is more important than counting the reps. Right eating habits, techniques, and incessant dedication are the fundamental basics a CrossFitter needs to know. Enjoy the journey and reap amazing benefits as you progress and proceed. Share this article with your friends if you liked it. Tell us the biggest CrossFit mistakes you encountered during your training in the comments section below. Till then, stay fit stay healthy!