There’s not a single formula that fits all athletes. That being said, overtraining or not training smart will never lead to great results – and will more often cause injuries. If your programming is not giving your the results you’re expecting, the upcoming summer vacation is a great time to evaluate your goals and your programming.
Progress and avoiding injuries is a great key to success in CrossFit and all other sports. Keeping a continous progress requires athletes or coaches being able to periodize training intensity and volume – and athletes sticking to the programming.
By now, there are lots of great CrossFit coaches who offers free online, periodized programming/personal programming. The biggest issue in our opinion is the athletes’ fear of missing out on a WOD or a training or not realizing what programming to benefit the most from. That will in the long run lead to overtraining (and no progress) – and worst case lead to injuries.
Next step for most crossfitters is finding the right programming/coach, trusting the programming, and daring to do less. Less is more!
Here are some signs of overtraining:
- You repeatedly fail to complete your normal workout
- You’re losing leanness despite increased exercise
- You’re lifting/sprinting/HIITing hard every single day
- You’re primarily an anaerobic/power/explosive/strength athlete, and you feel restless, excitable, and unable to sleep in your down time
- You’re primarily an endurance athlete, and you feel overly fatigued, sluggish, and useless
- Your joints, bones, or limbs hurt
- You’re suddenly falling ill a lot more often
- You feel like crap the hours and days after a big workout.
The 8 signs of overtraining are from Mark’s Daily Apple. Read the entire article here.
For smart programming and avoding overtraining – read Katie Hogan’s article on “CrossFit Programming to avoid overtraining and injury”
KEEP TRAINING SMART!
Ditte & Sarah