CrossFit athletes have some of the best physiques on the planet. How do they produce these great results and incredible bodies? Simply put, at CrossFit everyone is an athlete and trains like one too. To train like an athlete, follow these basic principles to see results.
Compound Movements - Great athletes can perform complex skills that involve coordination of their entire body. These skills could include sprinting, jumping, or throwing. Training should follow this same basic principle; utilizing total body or compound movements such as box jumps, sprints, medicine ball throws, and burpees. All of these are CrossFit staples and part of what makes our workouts so productive.
Intensity - Athlete’s don’t get results just from what they do; it’s how they do it. CrossFit workouts may only last a short time but the intensity, energy, and focus is at a high level. A short workout at high intensity burns calories, increases lean muscle, and pumps up your metabolism leading to better body composition. To look like an athlete, break away from marathon workouts that slightly elevate your heart rate and train for short periods at high intensity.
Competition - Athlete’s are competitors, it is their competitive drive that often makes them great at what they do. It is no surprise that great athletes surround themselves with people who will challenge them and push them in their training. With CrossFit, the training environment is challenging and empowering; there is no substitute for the motivation from a great team that pushes you to reach your potential and always give your best.
Action - Great athletes are risk takers and take action; they learn from experience. The only way to get the body and results you desire is to stop thinking about it or reading about it and get started! We are here to help you take action, contact us to get started. If you are reading this you have made the decision, now it is time to act on that decision, so stop reading and start training!
Experts on running say that there are two types of runners: those who are injured and those who will be injured. Each year, up to 80 percent of runners go through a period of injury which requires time off from running. One might expect more injuries to result from track training, but increasingly – with the explosion in popularity that the marathon has enjoyed in recent years – the long, slow running is to blame.
You may not consider yourself a sprinter or a strong 5K runner, and that’s fine. Training for longer distances, up to and including the marathon, may feel like a more suitable alternative if short sprints on the track do not appeal to you. However, those high-intensity workouts you avoid actually torch more calories and help more with weight loss than always doing what you’re used to, especially with regards to cardio. And weighing less means having less poundage to haul down the road during a race.
Even if you regularly run more than 30 miles per week, don’t be surprised if a junk-food jag (several days in a row of heavy foods and sweets in the office during the holiday season, or treats replenished daily during a training event or conference) causes you to put on weight. The reason for weight gain in this situation can be blamed on the type of exercise you’re (not) doing just as much as what you’re eating. If you engage in the same type of exercise at the same intensity level all the time, your body adapts to it and doesn’t register that much of anything is happening at all. This isn’t to say that you may as well not do what you’re doing, but if you want to achieve a weight loss goal or keep from gaining weight in the first place, you need more variety and greater intensity.
Doing the same thing all the time also significantly increases your risk for injury. Even if you go out for regular “easy runs,” strength train for muscular endurance and do yoga to maintain flexibility, there’s still more that you could and should be doing. A weekly workout schedule including these three activities is certainly better than no variety at all, but unfortunately, all three have something in common: low intensity. Even if the different forms of exercise are recruiting different muscles, the low intensity is limiting your overall fitness and predisposing you to injury. Many endurance runners ignore speed, power (defined as strength plus speed), agility and balance at their peril.
That’s where CrossFit comes in. CrossFit, “the sport of fitness,” encompasses a wide variety of exercises that focus on anaerobic endurance to increase speed, power, agility and balance. And you need these things not only to excel as a runner but also to achieve and maintain weight loss and prevent injury. Depending on your current physical state, CrossFit can be a great way to rehab and even pre-hab so that you don’t get sidelined while training for your next big event. CrossFit training for speed, power, agility, balance (in addition to the cardio/respiratory endurance, strength, stamina and flexibility you may already have) conditions parts of the body that endurance athletes tend to overlook.
CrossFit Akron is the premier CrossFit training facility in Northeast Ohio. Our experienced trainers and instructors are here to work with you, at your already above-average level of fitness as a distance runner, to improve your fitness in areas you never knew needed help.
For more information on how CrossFit can help you become a leaner, meaner distance runner, contact us.
Hard work and dedication are key components if you want to succeed in reaching your fitness goals. You can go it alone, however there is strength and longevity in numbers. Success is easier to reach when you have help.
Going it alone when you are trying to get in shape can be a long lonely road. There isn’t anyone there to pick you up when you get down in a slump or challenge you when you want to be lazy. Consider a personal trainer or coach to help you succeed in setting and reaching your goals. If you can’t afford that, find a friend or someone at your current gym who has the same fitness goals as you. Building a strong bond through fitness will keep you both motivated.
By having someone to work out with, you will have the support you need to help you break down barriers that you otherwise may have given up on alone. You can set the bar higher to challenge each other, find support when you hit a slump, have some friendly competition to keep things intense and fun and get some encouragement along the way.
When working out with someone it is easier to let go of any bad attitudes you may have as you will be encouraged throughout your workout to give it your all. You will be building an environment that will bring out the best in you.
A trainer, coach or workout buddy will teach you to let go of your ego. You will expose weaknesses and use each other to get stronger, together. If you’re not up for the one on one, then try a class. It will provide the same benefits as a coach or a workout buddy. You will be in a community of people who are all trying to achieve the same thing, better health and fitness.
Contact us today at CrossFit Akron to learn more about our workouts and coaching staff. Choose today to be the first step on your way to succeeding in reaching your fitness goals.
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