I posted last time about the importance of knowing your personal limits and understanding that progress is a process. I want to follow that up by emphasizing the importance of balancing work, rest and active recovery days. If you are able to come to CFW and do the class workout 5 days in a row week after week, I can guarantee that you are not allowing your body to maximize potential progress. If your body is not sore or fatigued after 1-2 days in a row, you’re probably not pushing yourself hard enough so consider adding weight to your workouts, choose a bigger kettle bell, row a little harder. When you truly challenge yourself, you will find that your body needs to recover and rest. Many people think you need to hit the gym hard every single day of the week to see progress. This simply is not true. I’m not saying sit at home on the couch and do nothing. I’m saying listen to your body and know when to mix in some active recovery days. Your individual balance of work, recovery and rest will likely vary from other people and may very well differ week to week. The key to progression is to be self aware, disciplined and listen to your body. The coaches are always willing to write you a recovery workout and your recovery/rest days are great opportunities to fit in extra time with the family or a little playtime with your pets. Similar to your lifts, you are all individuals with different capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. Your day to day schedules may also vary so don’t plan or judge your work, recovery rest days according to other people. Your body may react different to a workout in comparison to the person next to you so base your decisions off how you feel. Going forward, try harder to understand your body’s needs and find your optimal balance of work, recovery and rest and I promise your progression will come!
Huge shout out to Kristen Sosa! This 27-year-old Clinic and Club Alternative Director at Brea Volleyball Academy is on fire! She is so motivated and driven. She puts her heart into every single workout and has achieved awesome results.
Since joining us at Crossfit Whittier in September 2012, Kristen has lost an AMAZING 44lbs, 4 dress sizes, and 9-10% body fat!!! She has been training in our Virtus program since November and absolutely loves it! Kristen can currently deadlift 245lbs, back squat 205lbs, and row 2km in 7:55. She’s working towards a 7:30 2km row and losing another 5-7% body fat.
“I joined CFW in a time in my life where I had lost ‘everything’ and through this journey I have gained ‘everything.’ CFW has reminded me that I must love myself and surround myself with other like-minded individuals in order to accomplish my goals and increase my value as a person. Mentally strong, physically fit, and forever changed thanks to CFW, staff, and members. Thank you!” –Kristen Sosa
You’re an inspiration to us all!