Why I Can’t CrossFit at Night

I went to do a workout at 4:30 pm this week. Not late, right?

Well, for my body, it’s late.

I’m used to working out early in the morning. When I vary my routine, my whole body is thrown into a tizzy. I usually don’t feel good afterwards.

Why Routines are Important

Your body is conditioned for habit. In fact, you function better when you’re on a schedule. Every time you have to make a decision, you are adding stress to your life. The more daily decisions you have to make, the more out of control you’ll feel according to psychologists.

CrossFit One Arm Front Squat
CrossFit One Arm Front Squat

When you program routine into your life, you:

  • Sleep better
  • Make better big decisions
  • Have more time for family
  • Have more time for hobbies

When you switch things up, be prepared for a major protest.

When it Takes Everything You Have to Get through a CrossFit WOD

This week, it took everything I had to get through it. There was a run programmed. I think what I did could be classified as a run, but a 5k race pace it was definitely not.

It was hard. My body protested every movement.

Lessons from Varying CrossFit Workout Routines:

  • Listen to your body. Scale when you need to scale. Half-ass when you need to.
  • Try to get extra rest the night ahead of time. This will help get you through the day and prepare your body for the variance.
  • Plan your meals accordingly. You’ll most likely have to switch up your eating times when you switch your workout routine.
  • Maximize recovery drinks and food afterwards. Drink extra water because your body will need it.

I love going to CrossFit classes with my community, so I will continue to strive to make it to classes even when my body protests.

You only live once. Make the most of it.

Train Smart…

One thing I’ve learned over the past year is how to train smart.

In essence, this means listen to your body.Image result for injuries

When something is hurting, it’s not because it doesn’t like you.  It’s because something is wrong and your body is trying to signal to your brain to heal it and to you to quit using it so it can heal or to quit doing a certain motion that it doesn’t like.

As you all know, I’ve sprained my wrist.

Does this mean I’m sitting on my ass all day, twiddling my thumbs?


I hit the pool.  I hit the roads for runs.  I back squatted.  Heavy.  I did what I could with what I still had.  While the rest of me healed.

You keep moving.  Keep striving towards your goals.  Despite your setbacks.  And often times you will come back stronger and hungrier because of it.

So remember:  don’t ignore pain.  Deal with it.  Smartly.  Give your body the time it needs.  If you don’t, you’ll regret it.  You’ll often injure it more severely, adding more time for healing AND you could even do permanent damage.

Two weeks to heal?  Acceptable.  Two months?  Heart-breaking.

NOT Going to the Gym is Harder than Going to the Gym…

im-going-to-the-gym-motivational-gym-quotesYesterday, my arm was tweaked from the day before.

I debated all morning, “Should I go to the box?”  I was going over in my mind all the scaled options I could do and how it wouldn’t hurt me, etc.  I did this literally for an hour.

Finally, logic prevailed.

I skipped the box and Oly class.  I wasn’t very happy about it, but I’ve learned I’d rather miss one day than one week.

Today my arm feels good.  Ready to go.

That rest day was good.

At least that’s what I tell myself.