I had a killer training day today. I beat my training partner for the first time in a year. That’s not how I know I had a great training day, that is just the cherry on top.
I know I had a great training day because I was breathing fire. I was able to push myself to a very dark place. A place I hadn’t been able to get to in awhile and after today I know it’s because I’ve been over training.
I’m an obsessive person. I believe most athletes in a CrossFit gym are. It’s why they come back every day for years on end. The obsession to see how far you can go, how much you can lift. How dark and painful is that special ring in hell, just curious is all….
Where we go wrong is not in our obsession to become better people and athletes by putting ourselves through suffering, we go wrong in thinking we are not training unless we are in that hell at all times.
As a coach, I can fuck up anyone who comes and trains with me. I can make workouts nasty and painful. High percentages, long metcons, several metcons, several training sessions, maxing out daily. They all have their place (depending on the athlete, timing, periodization, end goal etc.) but if you’re chasing all of those every day at the same time… you’re not training, you’re torturing yourself.
A good training session doesn’t always end in you feeling like your uterus is revolting against you. (sorry guys, I don’t know how that might be replicated in your bodies)
Intensity IS needed in EVERY workout and in order to have the intensity required to go to that dark place, to beat your training partner, to get that daily dose of better, it has to be the done with the level of intensity that only comes with recovery.
If you train to exhaustion every day, your intensity is probably at a 6. It should be at a 9, if you learn how to breathe fire, maybe even a 10.
The problem is, you don’t know when you’re at a 6 with exhaustion because it feels like an 8,9 or 10. Over time though, you’ll start to plateau. If that’s happening to you, I highly recommend you talk with your trainer or coach about a recovery plan because plateauing isn’t the worst of it.
Adrenal fatigue, raised cortisol levels, chronic fatigue. These things can take months and sometimes years to climb out of. And I hate to tear out a page from web MD but you could die. For reals.
I know I was there when I injured my back. And then today I realized as soon as I became healthy again, I was right back there.
Am I fucking crazy or what? Insert definition of insanity here… oh you mean that cliche saying of expecting different results doing things the same way? No that’s not the definition of insanity and I don’t really know where that came from, clearly none of you fact check. Knock that off.
a. the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.
“he suffered from bouts of insanity”
b. extreme foolishness or irrationality.
plural noun: insanities
“it might be pure insanity to take this loan”
see also people who over train in CrossFit
Sometimes you have to check yourself before you wreck yourself… again.
Take heed and ask yourself, are you training or destroying yourself?