By definition, “CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more.” With it’s nine foundational movements (eight really, sorry sumo deadlift high-pull), workout formats (couplets, triplets, chippers, AMRAPs, EMOMs, etc.), and test-and-retest mentality, CrossFit can become… well… a little monotonous.
For example, we did Fran recently; a classic 21-15-9 couplet of thrusters and pull-ups. Two movements. Forty-five reps each. One ridiculous burning sensation in your lungs. Like any WOD, the next time you test Fran you’ll likely PR. But what happens the next time, or the time after that?
At some point effort fails to overcome plateaus, frustration sets in, and you stop having fun during the time you’ve dedicated to stress relief and self improvement. Frustration and negativity snowball, and self doubt sets in. Being frustrated or unhappy during your you-time limits your ability to deload the stress of the day or week and recreate your mind and body to take on the challenges you’ll face outside of the gym.
So what’s the answer to the CrossFit monotony? Well, if you ask a person with a background in recreation, it’s to get back to the fundamental aspect of of play. I’ll spare you the academic rhetoric here, but seriously, I said it. Play. Play with motion, movement, and patterns.
Change barbell work to dumbbells or kettlebells.
Change the prescribed loading to move with more intensity.
Try a new pacing strategy on runs or rows.
Ask a coach for a different modifications or skill transfer exercises to try during workouts.
The coaches at Jai strive to make the hour you spend in the gym the best hour of your day. And while PRs are great, our goal is to provide you an avenue of long term success which means finding new ways to keep members engaged in the process; not to create battering rams.
So how do we escape the monotony, and prevent ourselves from hitting the CrossFit brick wall? By seeking out new experience and challenges, and letting ourselves have a little fun in the gym, even if our Fran time is a little slower.
If you want to chat more about some of the ways I (Yes, I fall into the same frustrating rabbit hole too.), or the other coaches, switch up workouts, movements, and routines all in the name of having a little more fun, shoot me an email at [email protected] or just pull me aside when we see each other next. We all know by now that I’ve never met a conversation I didn’t like.
P.S. For those athletes that got their first taste (literally) of arguably the most notorious WOD in the history of CrossFit and to those athletes that knew what they were getting into and got after it anyway, GREAT JOB!