CrossFit Workouts: Tips for When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out

If you’re like me, getting out of bed in the morning can be rough, especially if you’re exhausted, sore, cold, and sleep deprived.

This morning, the absolute last thing I wanted to do was workout. I’m sore still from heavy snatches. My wrist has been hurting for some reason. I just have no motivation, and my mental capacity is not there.

3 Tips for When You Don’t Want to Get Out of Bed

  1. Have a motivating factor. For me, this is coffee and my space heater. I heat up the bathroom and sit in there for a few minutes. Then I drink coffee.
  2. Go over in your mind your day. This helps me get started when I think of all the things I have to do that day, and all the things I just want to be over (like heavy snatches).
  3. Keep in mind the end game. I love it when I’m done for the day, and I just get to sit and do my own thing (like blogging!). Work is part of life but we all live for play — whatever that looks like for you. Get work over with, so you can do what you want to do with the rest of your day.
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3 Tips for When You Don’t Want to Go to the Gym

  1. Do your own workout at home that caters to your needs. Today, I didn’t want to do anything heavy or any pulling. So I came up with my own workout of the day (WOD): 200 m run, 10 sit ups, 10 push ups, and 10 air squats for AMRAP 20 (as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes). It was perfect as an active recovery, and what I needed that day.
  2. If you’re not there mentally, take a rest day. Today there was no way I was going to accomplish any workout cause I needed a mental break. Sometimes you don’t have to push yourself. Rest days are okay.
  3. Go for a walk. I find being outside — no matter what I’m doing — is more exhilarating than a workout sometimes. Take a walk, listen to nature, and ponder the universe. We all need to do this occasionally.

You know yourself better than anyone. Listen to what your body needs, and don’t stress about a change in routine. Your mind and body will thank you!

CrossFit Hero Workouts: Jenny

Usually by the end of the week I’m wiped out from CrossFit. On Fridays, I like an active recovery workout that tends to go long.

Enter CrossFit Hero Workout Jenny.

Named for U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno who died Oct. 6, 2013, in Zhari District, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

Jenny consists of: 20 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of:

  • 20 Overhead Squats 45 lbs
  • 20 Back Squats 45 lbs
  • 400 m run

What I love about this CrossFit Hero WOD (workout of the day) is that it’s light weight and cardio-dominant. You’re at peak heart rate most of the time. This one was fun and definitely one I’ll do again!

The CrossFit Hero Workouts Will Destroy You

I told you all I did Manion on Sunday, a CrossFit Hero WOD consisting of back squats and 400 m runs. I liked it and didn’t think it was all that bad.

Until Monday. When it was hard to walk.

And then Tuesday. When it was even harder to walk.

And Wednesday. When I could walk but standing up was rough.

CrossFit Dumbbell Lunges
CrossFit Dumbbell Lunges

It’s Thursday. And I FINALLY feel back to normal. I can walk. I feel good. When I rolled out, my hamstrings were still a bit sore but nothing major.

I don’t think about these CrossFit Hero Workouts until they are said and done, which is probably a mistake on my part.

Doing the numbers, in one round, I moved 2,755 lbs. In all 7 rounds combined, I squatted 19, 285 lbs. Not the most intelligent thing to do. But CrossFit Hero Wods are meant to be hard, and I’d dare say, meant to destroy you.

Tips for Surviving CrossFit Hero Workouts

Just cause CrossFit Hero Wods are hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever do them. They are meant to honor the fallen who have given their lives so we can still workout and do all the things we love doing in this world. Here’s some quick survival tips for CrossFit Hero Wods:

  • Plan ahead. Do these when you have rest days coming up or not a lot planned for the next few days.
  • Crunch the numbers ahead of time. Sometimes this can be detrimental mentally if you look at the sheer volume of reps and pounds moved. However, you’ll want to plan your other workouts around the Heros so you’re not lifting heavy the day before.
  • Increase expectations. I didn’t think much about this CrossFit Hero Workout. I just knew it would be long. That was my mistake. Plan for these workouts to take you out. Just like Bruck, it’s the unexpected that can kill you in the end.
  • Recover properly. Hydrate. Refuel with protein and electrolytes. Plan active recovery workouts in the following days. Keep moving but not too much.

CrossFit Hero Workouts are some of my very favorite. But each are tough in their own way. Some are tougher than others, but if you plan accordingly, these will become some of the best workouts, the funnest, and some of your favorite workouts in CrossFit.

CrossFit Hero WOD: Manion

Today I did Manion, named after First Lieutenant Travis Manion who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 serving our great nation.

 

Manion consists of:

7 Rounds for Time:

  • 400 m run
  • 29 back squats at 95 lbs for the ladies

Tips for CrossFit Hero WOD Manion

  • Easy to do from home if you have a squat rack and some weights.
  • At about round 5, my legs started protesting.
  • I broke up the back squats every round just to have a bit of a break.
  • Great leg workout and a good one if your arms are injured or you need a rest from upper body work

Fun workout!