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How Often Should I CrossFit?

The intent of your individual training frequency is to train often enough to reach your fitness goals, but not often enough to overtrain or develop overuse injuries. Training frequency is dependent upon many factors, the most important of which are goals, intensity, rest, nutrition, and existing level of fitness. The remainder of your daily/weekly schedule is also a relevant factor. Let’s examine how each one affects your training.

Goals
If you simply want to maintain an adequate level of fitness for daily life and ward off obesity then your training frequency will differ substantially from an elite athlete seeking to compete in the national CrossFit Games. Training more frequently will advance your fitness faster, to a point.

Intensity

If you train more intensely then you will require more rest than if you train less intensely. If CrossFit is your workout regimen then we can probably summarize your workout intensity as either intense or very intense, assuming you are putting 100% effort into your workouts.

Rest

Quality and quantity of rest are a huge factor in training frequency. Quality rest increases your ability to train more frequently. I’m defining quality and quantity in two principal ways: your level of activity on your rest days, and hours of sleep per night. The most effective rest is lack of prolonged or intense physical activity during the day plus 8.5-9 consecutive hours of sleep per night. Yes, that’s asking a lot of the typical American schedule.

Nutrition

This is pretty simple. If your body is getting the nutrients it needs to perform tissue repair and fuel your workouts then you can train more often. If you eat poorly then you will inevitably train less often or with less intensity, and will require more rest when you are done. Your body also won’t get as full a benefit from the workout because you haven’t supplied it with the tools to fully adapt to the stress you provided during the workout.

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Why you should avoid it… HFCS and high fructose consumption have been implicated by researchers in a variety of diseases and health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and weight gain.

The actual fructose percentage of HFCS is variable and unknown (which is why Citizens for Health has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to require that the true fructose content of HFCS formulas be disclosed on food labels). Contrary to industry propaganda, HFCS isn’t “corn sugar” or a “natural” ingredient, but a laboratory-created concoction that’s much cheaper than real sugar. Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2012 showed that a diet high in fructose slows the functioning of the brain, hampering memory and learning – and that omega-3 fatty acids may counteract the disruption.

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Special K

Friday’s Workout:

2 minutes each. rest 2 minutes. 2 sets: 12 minutes of work

  • Row
  • Run
  • Air dyne

Cash out:
Parallete L-sits accumulate 2 minutes

Saturday’s Workout

8-9 Open Gym

9:30-10:30 Yoga

YOGA

Athlete Spotlight: Danielle G.

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Age: 40
When did you first start training at CF Naples?: December 2012
Favorite WOD: I enjoy the WODs with low reps and multiple rounds.  I’m starting to warm up to the row machine…
Least Favorite WOD: 12 days of christmas and SANTI 🙂

Tell us about you sports & fitness background: I have always been active in sports recreationally – softball, tennis, boxing.  Having a very physical job in horticulture for 20 years also keeps me moving everyday!

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? A running partner introduced me to Crossfit in 2010.  She thought it would be a good fit and she was right!

Take us back to your first WOD… what was it, and how did it feel?  Fight Gone Bad…I will never forget it…it was exciting to try so many movements for my first WOD but It sucked…I realized that I had horrible technique but everyone was so supportive, helped me get through it and made me feel like I could do anything!

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?  WOW…I participated in a CF Healthy Eating Challenge through the gym in 2011 and lost 11 lbs and 5% body fat in 6 weeks!  These results were amazing and I was hooked.  Everyone kept asking…”what are you doing?  You look great!”  This was the motivation to keep going and maintain the CF lifestyle.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit that were totally unexpected?  I did not expect the sense of community that you find in CF.  Having gone to gyms most of my life, this was not something that I had experienced before.  Knowing that I am part of this community keeps me motivated.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit / CF Naples moments: I was nearing the end of a benchmark WOD and not sure I could finish (I think I was even crying a little) another member asked how many more burpees I had to finish and she did the last burpees with me, shouting encouraging words the whole time.  It was the bump I needed to finish!  I was able to do the same for someone else months later – this is why I LOVE CF!
Any advice for people just getting started? Keep a journal of your WODs, weights, how you feel before/after workouts, etc.  This can be a great tool to keep you motivated and track your progress.  Remember that it is supposed to be fun!
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents?  I wouldnt say that I have a talent or hobby but I enjoy meeting new people and traveling.  Someone asked me 5 years ago “If money were no option, what would your life look like?”…I answered, I want to live by the beach, work in horticulture at a Zoo, where there is no winter and cool plants!  Thank you CF Naples community for being part of my dream come true!  🙂

Danielle G

Wednesday’s Workout (June 12, 2013)
ADV
3 rounds-rest 2 min between
row 500
15 pushups
15 power cleans 135/95
INT
3 rounds-rest 2 min between
row 500
15 pushups
15 power cleans 95/65
SCALED
3 rounds-rest 3 min between
row 400
15 pushups (mod)
15 power cleans 65/45
Thursday’s Workout (June 13, 2013)
ADV
2 rds-NO REST
2 min max cal row
-1min max situps
2min max strict dips
-1 min max situp
2 min max box jump (30/24)
-1min max situp
INT
2rds-NO REST
2 min max cal row
-1min max situps
2min max kipping dips
-1 min max situp
2 min max box jump (24/20)
-1min max situp
SCALED
2rds-REST AS NEEDED
2 min max cal row
-1min max situps
2 min max jumping dips
-1 min max situp
2 min max box jump (20/14)
-1min max situp