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4 Tips to Overcome CrossFit Burnout

When you first start CrossFit, you are 100% committed. You show up to class even when you are sore or when you ripped the previous day. You go no matter how tired you are or how many bruises you have.

However, after a few years (I’ve found about three), you begin go experience CrossFit burnout. So what can you do? Keep reading below for four tips to overcome CrossFit burnout, and contact me for SEO CrossFit services today!

WHAT IS CROSSFIT BURNOUT?

Burnout of any sort is when you are exhausted, both physically and mentally from an activity. It’s usually a reaction to prolonged stress. You feel tired, you are cynical, and you lack motivation. With regards to CrossFit, you get to the point where you don’t want to go, and if you do, you half-ass the workout and then feel guilty for doing so.

4 TIPS TO OVERCOME CROSSFIT BURNOUT

Scale It Back

Scale it back means you take a week and choose CrossFit workouts that are easy and have your favorite movements. This keeps you moving rather than sitting for an entire week. This can mean you focus on running or rowing — primarily cardio exercises perhaps. Or, you put down the barbell for a week and do bodyweight movements only.

Take Deliberate Rest

For hardcore CrossFitters, taking days off can be challenging. After all, every WOD sounds good. However, you should schedule in rest days and stick to them. While active recovery is good, you should still schedule in at least one day where you don’t do any sort of exercise besides your daily life.

Realize It’s a Mental Game

When you’ve been doing CrossFit for over three years, it becomes a mental game. You most likely can do all of the movements, but there are days when you probably don’t want to. Here, realizing that it’s all mental can be helpful. On these days, you just go to the gym and zone out. You do what you can do, and forget about the rest.

Try Programming for Yourself

The beauty of programming CrossFit for yourself is that if you wake up one day and you don’t want to do wall balls or snatch, you don’t have to. Here, you have the ultimate control. You can truly listen to what your body (and your mind) is telling you and choose the movements you feel like doing. This is not the same as cherry picking CrossFit workouts. You still do the moves you loath, but you do them when you have the mental fortitude to do so.

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Unsure Why I Pay for an Hour of Pain

I got a massage last weekend.

When I tell people this, they usually say, “Oh, nice!”

I respond, “It was far from nice.”

THE TRUTH OF A CROSSFIT MASSAGE

When you CrossFit and you get a massage, it’s far from a fluff, “feel good” massage where you are gently rubbed all over and you leave feeling relaxed. Instead, you spend good money to be gritting your teeth, cussing in your mind, and trying not to scream “stop” because the pain is that intense.

These are my deep pressure massages. I hate them with a passion. They absolutely, 100% suck, and I can’t believe I pay my hard-earned money to be in pain.

But I do. Every month.

Because it’s the only way I can move.

Afterwards, even though I’m sore from my massage for days, the mobility I regain is worth it.

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Shopping with a CrossFit Body

I hate clothes shopping.

I disliked it before I began CrossFit, but now I absolutely despite it.

Reason being is when you have muscles, there’s not a lot of clothes you can purchase that look good on you at the average clothing store. Sure, you can go online to buy CrossFit shorts, pants, bras, and more, especially workout gear, but even online, the dressup section is limited. However, as most of you know, clothes you have to try on for the most part to see if they fit or not.

Yesterday, I sallied forth bravely amidst the holiday shoppers on the quest for a “nice blouse.” This wasn’t just on a whim. I have been asked to become a social influencer at my job and be in videos. My first assignment is for a high-end vitamin client, and I needed a nice blouse to wear.

For the past two years (before COVID-19), I have been working from home. I wear my pajamas to work every day and rarely leave the house except for the gym, the chiropractor, and to get groceries. Needless to say, I was way out of my element yesterday.

My Experience Shopping as a CrossFit Athlete

Shopping with a CrossFit body for women is discouraging to say the least. Many small tops don’t fit because of our shoulders and arm muscles. And the bigger sizes you go, they hang way too loose around the stomach, making you look horrible.

Thus, I tried on shirt after shirt and came up empty. It was extremely frustrating, which is why I hate going shopping. I did find two shirts that look pretty good on me in end after going to Kohl’s, Target, and Dillard’s.

I couldn’t take it anymore and had to go home after that. It was extremely demoralizing to say the least. I love how I look, and I’ve worked hard to get here. However, the majority of women in the United States do not look like me, which is why you find clothes that don’t fit everywhere you go.

If I continue to need clothes, I will have to go in microbursts. Wish me luck!

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CrossFit: A Season of Healing

For the past several months, I have struggled physically. There have been times when my neck hurt, my back hurt, my legs were tight, and my hips were locked. I chucked this all up to CrossFit, but there was always something wrong with me. Rare were the days where I felt 100%.

We moved, so I had to find a new chiropractor. I tried one who had 178 five-star Google reviews. This chiropractor took x-rays and did a thorough analysis of my spine. What he found was my pelvis was tilted, my middle back was locked up, and my neck was out of alignment. So that would explain all of that.

So I have now entered a phase to fix all that, which is adjustments three times a week, tailored to fix me. I just started. I’m not gonna lie, it sucks. The area he adjusts are tender and sore.

I have cut back my CrossFitting as well. No back squats. No heavy deadlifts. I am struggling mentally to just do it because I’m stiff and sore and feel like I’m one hot mess.

So I’ve entered a season of healing. I’m even debating about taking a break from CrossFit altogether so I can heal completely. I want to keep moving for the rest of my life, so I have to do something now in order to do so.

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CrossFit: Knowing Your Limitations

I posted last week about CrossFit Hero Workout Chad, which is 1,000 step ups wearing a weight vest.

I don’t say this often, but that will be the last time I do that workout.

I love CrossFit, and I love the Hero Workouts, which are meant to push you to your limits as you honor a fallen soldier who fought and died for our country. I love doing these in their memory.

However, I cannot do Chad again.

It’s been three days. My right calf is finally “fine.” My left calf is still locked up and extremely tight. I can’t walk without a limp. It hurts to touch it. This sucks.

Again, my normal CrossFit workouts have been completely ruined.

I’m just too old to do these things, like running a 10k. I’m in incredible shape, but that doesn’t mean I can beat my body up and not suffer the consequences.

I don’t know why I do these things to myself. They are challenging and fun at the end once you’ve done them, but the after effects on my are devastating.

I just can’t keep doing this, and I guess I have to learn the hard way it seems.

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General Thoughts on CrossFit Life…

I’ve been absent of late. That’s been on purpose. There was nothing I felt like I had to say, so I didn’t say anything. While life still keeps chugging along, it still sucks, let’s be honest. Vacations cancelled, wearing masks, hiding from others and the world… I truly thought this would be over by now, but it’s not.

THOUGHTS ON GREG GLASSMAN’S COMMENTS

I will not talk about the nature of his comments, but only say this: I’ve learned you can’t say anything anymore. You can’t publish anything. You can’t go anywhere without the assumption that you are being videotaped.

While none of us agree with Greg Glassman’s comments, there was a time where he would have been forgiven, where his apology would have been accepted, where his fallacies for being human would have been recognized by all of us who are all just as guilty of sin as he is. He would not have been forced to resign, there would not have been such an uproar, etc.

Greg Glassman founded CrossFit but is not CrossFit, yet everyone wanting to de-affiliate because of his comments saddens me. Where is forgiveness in all of this? And does what one man thinks affect your love for CrossFit? It doesn’t mine.

IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE I’VE STARTED CROSSFIT

I can’t believe time has flown by. My CrossFit Level 1 Certification is due for renewal, and I’m not renewing it (I decided this way before the uproar). I just don’t need a piece of paper and $1,000 down the drain to tell me that I know what I’m doing when it comes to CrossFit.

I MISS CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS

I am craving a CrossFit competition right now. I can totally see this fall having non-stop CrossFit competitions as all the boxes try to squeeze them in. Fine by me. Bring them on.

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MY TRUEFORM RUNNER

My dear husband got a screaming deal on a Trueform Runner for half off. It is barely used. I am in love. I’ve never run on air before, but this machine is as close to it as I’ve ever felt. Super excited for when the winter comes, and for my aging bones.

I’VE TAKEN UP PADDLEBOARDING

Every year for my birthday, I buy myself something big. Last year, I bought two paddleboards — one for me and one for someone to go with me. Needless to say, they have been a God-send in the midst of COVID. I can escape on the lake, get away from everyone and the world, and let the soothing waves wash away all of my anxieties, frustrations, and sometimes anger at the world.

And that’s a wrap…

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Why Do Something You Don’t Like Doing?

I was deadlifting this morning early in my garage.

I hate deadlifting. I don’t know why, but I do.

As the weight got heavier and I began to realize I was dreading this more and more, I asked myself why I was doing this? Why was I doing something I don’t like?

CrossFit is about doing a bunch of things well, and working on the ones you don’t do so well. Yet, at the same time, as I age, I don’t want to waste time doing something I don’t like doing.

You could say I had an epiphany.

I also realized I probably was never going to increase my deadlift weight because I hate doing it. I haven’t maxed my deadlift or my back squat in about two years. I am just never there mentally.

And I realized something: that’s ok. I am extremely fit. I don’t need to do something that is hard, heavy, and I hate doing.

Will I still deadlift? Sure. A lot? Probably not.

And for once, I’m okay with that.

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You’re Stronger Than You Think

If you remember about a year ago, I hurt my thumb somehow (turns out, it was just inflamed, but that’s beside the point). I quit doing snatches because of it.

For the last two weeks, snatches have been in my programming — a lot of them. So I’ve been forcing myself to do them, and I’ve been getting my ass kicked because of it.

But I realized something while hating every moment of those workouts — I’m stronger than I think.

Yesterday, I squat snatched 75 pounds for 55 reps. I honestly didn’t struggle at all. The Rx weight was 85, and I thought 75 I’d have to strip weight.

Next time, I’ll go for 80. Because I’m stronger than I think I am…

And so are you…

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Going Through the Motions of CrossFit

With the coronavirus, it’s become dull, dreary days of the same thing.

For me, it’s this:

  • Get up
  • Work out
  • Work

Today, I got up and did a heavy workout I particularly did not want to do, but I did it. Indifferently.

I am waiting until I can feel again.

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Do Things Others Won’t Do

Let’s be frank, those who do things that others won’t do are the winners in this world. Or, at least the winners with themselves.

When you think back on all the famous inventors and innovators in this world, what did they all have in common? An insane work ethic. A desire to never give up. An insatiable desire to succeed and to not stop until it happens.

During the coronavirus and every day God grants breath in your body, you have to be willing to do the things no one else will. You have to be willing to workout by yourself at home with no one there to push but yourself. You have to be willing to get up out of bed and face the doldrums of your life right now. You have to be willing to work harder than your colleagues so you don’t get laid off.

Not only do you have to have the will, but you have to do it. Every day. Every time. Every way. No matter what.

Only then will you have peace with yourself in what you can truly accomplish and will you accomplish your dreams.