How to become better at CrossFit
Picture this: You have been doing CrossFit for more than a year but you still can’t do handstand push ups and need 10 minutes to finish the workout Fran, if this is you then hopefully you’ll get a better understanding on how to get better at CrossFit by reading this post!
As a coach it is our duty to educate people on how to become fitter, stronger and healthier. Every athlete has different goals and it’s our mission to help you reach your goals by sharing knowledge on how to get there step by step.
The most frequently asked question by athletes is how to become better at everything…
If you still have a full spreadsheet of all the things you want to get better at this year, then I would suggest to read the blog about: ”How to set GOALS and CRUSH them”.
When we want to get better at CrossFit we’ll need to start looking at the foundation. There is something that is called the Theoretical Hierarchy of Development (see image below).
The theory shows us how to develop ourselves as athletes and gives guidance on where we need to work on.
It all begins with NUTRITION and this forms the foundation to any activity we do. Without good, healthy and balanced nutrition we simply can’t expect our body to perform at its best. Nutrition is often a topic which most athletes don’t take a look at because of it’s “complexity” or the changes they have to make in their daily habits. Nevertheless it is a topic which we need to address and should not ignore due to it’s importance.
This blog is not about nutrition so we won’t get into details on how to balance your diet but for now we’ll just stick with the traditional CrossFit description:
Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.
After focusing on our nutrition we need to take a look at our METABOLIC CONDITIONING a.k.a. Cardio. Can you run a 5K within 25/30 minutes but can you also sprint 200m within 1 minute? If you can then you’ll need to understand that conditioning is not only about running/moving on a moderate pace for a very long time or running/moving really fast for a short amount of time, but we’ll need to be able to recover from it as well. We can’t expect the body to sustain different forms of intensity when we can’t recover from it.