Want to take your fitness to the next level? Throttle it down, yup, that's my secret and here's how:
Many of us come into our daily CrossFit class feeling the pressure to perform and compete. Chasing the glory of the leaderboard becomes our biggest focus day to day. Let's be honest, most of us are not “Competitive” CrossFitters. Yet most of us feel the pressure to act competitive every day in the hopes of topping the leaderboard. But how often do athletes in high-intensity professional sports compete? Maybe once per week right? So why do you want to go hard every day? When you think about it, you know that doesn’t make sense. A part of you knows you’re setting yourself up for injury, burnout, and stalled-out progress.
My suggestion for a normal CrossFitter is to only go 100% effort 1-2x per week (depending on how you feel and how many days per week you CrossFit). And you should cherry-pick the 100% workouts. If you’re great at all the movements and you’re inspired to go hard, then do it. But don’t do it on a workout that has movements that you’re not great at. You should approach all other sessions as skill work with a maximum effort of 85% or less (us coaches will guide you as to the goal of the workout). This is your opportunity to work on the basics and develop skills. Just like professional athletes working on drills, training the basics, strategizing plays, and perfecting all the little things so will you on all but 1 or 2 sessions per week.
Having said all this, I get it, I’ve been there and I know how you feel. But the best thing I ever did was to stop caring about the leaderboard and entering my unimpressive WOD scores without copious notes explaining why my performance didn’t reflect my best possible work capacity. Trust me, it was hard at first. I was tempted to not even enter my scores, but forced myself. Then I wanted to explain why my score wasn’t great but I forced myself not to. It was damn hard for about 2 weeks. Then an amazing thing happened. I stopped caring so much every day about working out to impress others and took over my fitness journey. I felt liberated. You can either start this approach now or life will present you with an injury that forces the lesson. It’s up to you. But my results speak for themselves, and will work for you too.
Remember in CrossFit we say “Check Your Ego At The Door”. This is just a long-winded explanation of what that means. - Jarrod