New Year’s Resolutions for CrossFit Athletes

Normally people make lofty resolutions to get in shape, lose weight, and eat healthier. Resolutions are good intentions for sure, but are usually trashed one week in. As a CrossFit athlete you’re already ahead of the game, but there are some things you need to address. Here are some things to resolve to do this year:

1. Do What You Dislike. Most often the exercise you avoid is one that is difficult. Practice your double unders, thrusters and pull ups. Cherry picking workouts that suit your strengths makes you weaker in the long run. 

2. Pay Attention to Technique. Less load and proper form will allow you to do more later. Yes it is tempting to rush the load, especially when light is easy. Fine tune your technique and make sure it is correct before loading a bar.

3. Warm Up Properly. The length and complexity of your warm up is often dependent on the workout posted. Short workouts require long warm ups while long workouts need only a short one. The more exercises in a workout the longer the warm up. It is absolutely essential to practice the movements of a workout before you begin. Do a few box jumps, try a few squats. Make sure your body is ready for the specific demands of the workout.

4. Address Your Gnarly Bits. We all have mobility issues. Maybe it’s a tight hamstring or an injured shoulder. Whatever it is, you need to take care of it. Many of us (and I include myself here) neglect to stretch post workout. Laying on the floor trying to catch your breath doesn’t count. It really doesn’t matter when you stretch as long as you do it. Invest in a foam roller and use it. Yes you’ll look like you’re molesting a pool noodle, but your body will thank you.

5. Aim High. The beauty of CrossFit is that there is always something new to achieve. Unlike other fitness endeavors where you are stuck in one modality, in CrossFit the possibilities are endless. There is a new skill to master, a time to beat, a load to exceed. Pick a big goal. A really big one. It doesn’t matter if you achieve it so long as you enjoy the process in the attempt.

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