Budgets are a necessary and essential to a healthy bank account. It’s the only practical way to get a grip on your spending – and to make sure your money is being used the way you want it to be used. Creating a budget generally requires three steps:
- Identify how you’re spending money now.
- Evaluate your current spending and set goals that take into account your long-term financial objectives.
- Track your spending to make sure it stays within those guidelines.
This metaphor is a great way to teach the problem with under-recovery. With this current point system- the average CrossFitter works-out 3 days a week. That is a debt of 30points (ie -$30) because exercise as much as we love doing it is a stressor. Add another 3 tough training sessions for the week and this individual is minus 60 points in debt. I don’t know about you but that is not a bank account that I would be proud to show my mom.
Unfortunately, this is the reality of many athletes. They understand the importance of a tough fitness regimen but they lack the understanding of the importance of recovery and how it can improve their overall credit. Eventually this debt catches up to them in the form or tight, overused or strain muscle. Even worse it can cause injury in the long run. Its only when these issues hinder them from training that they begin to deal with the root of the problem.
I believe if we take this concept of “Recovery Finances” more seriously as we do our own bank accounts we might see improvements with these nagging tight shoulders and hips. The beauty of these forms of credit is that they can increase your deficit in half the time. Getting 8 hours of sleep+ a contrast bath + a Tens Unit session, all in one day you have a credit of 13 points back into your account. Now imagine doing things like this every night.
Our goal as in budgeting is to “make more money than we spend”. I’m not saying its easy. It’s a constant pursuit to “balance the books” but if you set daily goals to improve your credit I guarantee money in the bank!
Tuesday April 21st, 2015:
“The Chief” 5 Sets 3 min AMRAP:
- 3 Power Cleans (135/95)
- 6 Push ups
- 9 Squats
(Rest 1 min between rounds)
A) Squat Clean build up to a heavy 1 Rep (not max)
B) Round 1: (3 Minutes each)
- Row for Calories
- Burpee Box Jumps
Round 2: (2 Minutes each)
Round 3: (1 Minute each)