Overtraining in CrossFit: Less is more!

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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:

  1. You repeatedly fail to complete your normal workout
  2. You’re losing leanness despite increased exercise
  3. You’re lifting/sprinting/HIITing hard every single day
  4. You’re primarily an anaerobic/power/explosive/strength athlete, and you  feel restless, excitable, and unable to sleep in your down time
  5. You’re primarily an endurance athlete, and you feel overly fatigued, sluggish, and useless
  6. Your joints, bones, or limbs hurt
  7. You’re suddenly falling ill a lot more often
  8. 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”


Ditte & Sarah


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