Why CrossFit Isn’t Working For You

CrossFit is one of the most challenging and rewarding fitness programs around. The personal transformations that happen in each and every CrossFit gym is incredible. In our gym alone we’ve witnessed a stroke victim become one of the strongest women in the gym, a grandmother rocket to the top of her age group in the CrossFit Open and dozens of other members achieve remarkable weight loss and fitness goals. For every ten members who achieve incredible results there are at least three who do not. If CrossFit isn’t working for you there are five reasons why.

 

1. You’re babying it.

At our gym we have four levels of workout scaling. Level one modified is for people with mobility issues and level one is for healthy beginners, level two is for more experienced athletes and level three is Rx’d. Most people begin at a level 1. If you are following the progressions and working on your skills you should be at level one for about four months. After that you should be closing in on Rx’ing most workouts. Staying in your comfort zone and only putting in the minimal effort will yield minimal results.

 

2. You skip the strength workout.

The posted strength workout is just a beneficial as the CrossFit workout. If you are skipping this essential element you will not improve your fitness. Five sets of five front squats may not be as exciting as Fran, but spending time working your front squats will improve your Fran time. If you don’t care to improve your Fran time, well, then CrossFit probably isn’t for you.

 

3. You neglect skill work.

Skill work improves your CrossFit in the same way that strength training does. There are a lot of skills in CrossFit. From double unders and pistol squats to cleans and muscle ups, there is a lot to learn. Again, skill work isn’t as exciting as the WOD, but just as essential. If you never practice your skipping you will never get a double under. The same goes for pull ups. Follow the progressions, spend ten minutes or so working on your weaknesses. You cannot move past your “level one” status without attention to skills.

 

4. You don’t write down your workouts.

Your workout journal is a valuable tool. How do you know if you are getting stronger if you don’t write it down? Recording your workouts allows you to see your progress from one day to the next. How much weight did you use for a deadlift last time? Write it down so you know next time how much to lift.

 

5. Your diet is crap!

A lot of fitness programs like spinning, Zumba and TRX are not performance based and do not require strict attention to diet. CrossFit is performance based. We are constantly seeking to improve times and increase loads. A crappy diet will result in poor CrossFit performance. Noshing on bagels and fat-free yogurt may power you through Zumba, but it will leave you feeling nauseous and tired for “Helen.” A clean, paleo diet with lots of fresh vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats is essential to your success.

 

Push yourself past your comfort zone, write your workouts down, focus on your strength and skills and clean up your diet. You are responsible for your success in CrossFit.

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  1. […] At our gym we have four levels of workout scaling. Level one modified is for people with mobility issues and level one is for healthy beginners, level two is for more experienced athletes and level three is Rx’d. Most people begin at a level 1. If you are following the progressions and working on your skills you should be at level one for about four months. After that you should be closing in on Rx’ing most workouts. Staying in your comfort zone and only putting in the minimal effort will yield minimal results.  Read More. […]



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