As you get started with your Crossfit workout sessions, it’s important that you’re taking the time to look at what you can do to optimize your performance. Crossfit is a sport that requires a great deal of versatility in terms of your overall fitness skills, so do expect to get challenged on multiple levels.
Knowing a few tips going into each workout can help ensure that you make the most of what your sessions hold.
Here are four tips to optimize your performance during any Crossfit workout you have planned.
Check Your Pre-Workout Meal
Treat a Crossfit session like you would any other weight lifting workout session. Both carbs and protein before this workout are a must. Don’t try and do Crossfit on an empty stomach. You just won’t have the fuel source you need to perform the intense exercise called for.
A light meal about 60-120 minutes prior to the session will give your muscles the fuel they need.
Don’t Skip Over Your Warm-Ups
If you have a busy schedule, as most of us do, it’s easy to skip over the warm-up you would normally do and get right to the main event. Avoid doing so. Warm-ups are there for a reason. If you aren’t doing them, all you’re doing is increasing your risk factor for injury.
Take a few extra minutes and get the warm-up in. It’ll help you put that much more effort into each exercise you do after that. Plus, it’s a great way to get your head in the zone.
Use The Right Gear
Many of the exercises you perform while doing Crossfit require certain types of gear. Make sure that your gear is in proper working order and is comfortable for you to use.
For instance, for your heavy weight squats or Olympic lifts, try using squat shoes. It will make a difference. When doing your pull-ups, consider using chalk to ensure you aren’t slipping as you grasp the bar.
Take some time to learn the gear options and experiment to see what works best for you.
Focus On Form
Many of the exercises you are going to do during your Crossfit sessions do come down to using proper form. If you let your ego get in the way and begin using heavier weight than you should, this could seriously hamper your ability to lift properly.
You want to keep your form in check every step of the way. When you first learn a new exercise, do it without any weight or resistance at all. Only once you have mastered the exercise should you go on and add more weight.
So there you have a few of the best tips to know and remember about ensuring your Crossfit performance is where you want it to be. Follow these and you’ll be seeing results in no time.
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Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.