At one time or another most of us have gotten the itch to train like a CrossFit games athlete or focus on one particular goal. This typically involves spending more time at the gym and increasing total training volume. Spending more time with a skill is definitely an awesome way to improve, but care needs to be taken to avoid some common pitfalls that occur with more specialized training. Here are a few things to consider before taking off with a new training regiment:
1. A singular focus on one skill/attribute can lead to decreased overall health and fitness.
- Focused skill work is great as long as it doesn’t take away from the “big picture” goal. If your primary goal is general health and happiness consider if the pursuit will be worthwhile. Ask anyone who is training to be as strong as possible if they experience chronic joint pain or aches – they will most likely just laugh at you. Ask an ultra marathon runner if they’ve battled injuries in their past season and you’ll get the same reaction. The more focused or specific your work becomes the more likely you’ll experience overuse injuries or drop off in other skills. CrossFit is aimed at a more broad inclusive fitness that includes many different attributes in order to avoid these issues.
2. Lack of variety can lead to boredom and frustration.
- A program is only ever as good as the work put into it. If you start to go through the motions or miss a performance goal, you have very little to fall back on. A well-varied program will give you many different ways to improve and keep you engaged. Miss that squat PR? Well, maybe it’s time to focus on better handstands, a faster 1000 meter row, or 3RM hang power clean.
3. Are you the only one working towards your goals?
- A lack of accountability and companionship can easily lead to burnout and ultimately cause an athlete to quit training all together. Having training partners or a class is a vital part of sticking with a program and continuing when the going gets tough. It’s much harder to skip a workout when you know your buddies are getting after it and will most likely give you a hard time for being lazy.
With all of this being said, there are definitely situations where training for a specific goal is appropriate and several of these issues can be avoided. The single best way to get started on a new goal is to talk with a coach!!! All of your coaches at CrossFit Turbine will gladly sit down and help guide you toward a goal or even help you decide if the goal is worth pursuing. We love talking with you! We want to help you in any way possible but we can’t fix what we don’t know is broken. Your coaches are your most valuable resource at CrossFit Turbine and you need to use them! Send us an email, pull us aside, Facebook message us, write a fancy handwritten letter, or do whatever you want to get in communication with us and ask away! No question is stupid if you don’t know the answer.
Our goal has always been to improve the health, fitness, and happiness of the world and it starts with helping individuals achieve their goals. Get in here and let us know your thoughts!
By: Coach Adam