Rest…..It’s Part of the Program!!

CrossFit training is addictive! Just like any form of exercise where you can feel its benefits coarsing through your system, once you start seeing results you just want to keep going. Every day. Towards a stronger, fitter and healthier version of you. But training intensely every day is not ideal. Even if you’re a Games athlete. Someone who has their training outlined for them. Nutrition planned. Supplements supplied. Physio and massage appointments mapped out. You get the point. Even these athletes need rest and recover to maximise the full benefits of their training. Same, same with us average CrossFit athletes..but perhaps even more so. Yes, it’s fantastic that you see results with your training – and we want it to remain that way. Here at CrossFit 4504 we don’t want our athletes to fatigue to the point where they can’t maintain technique. Where their core becomes unstable. Where the potential for muscle overuse and therefore, injury, increases. If all your body gets is intensity after intensity without rest it will become stressed. Pretty soon you won’t see progress. Your body will be too stressed to care.

We want our members to train at least 3-5 times every week. And so we program accordingly. Our classes are almost always deliberately lighter in terms of volume of work. We generally program to focus instead on intensity, strength and technique in one daily WOD. This allows our athletes to focus purely on the WOD programmed and perform to the best of their ability while still receiving the full benefits of what has been programmed. While members are encouraged to attend at least 3 classes a week, they are also asked to rest after 6 days in a row. Why?

Because resting is just as important as working out.

CrossFit training involves a lot of resistance work. In order to build strength, we first have to break down muscle tissues. This literally causes microscopic tears in our muscles so that they can expand and become…well…stronger!

Rest and recovery are vital components in building strength, endurance and muscle. Rest allows your muscles, your nerves, your bones and all their connective tissue the time to rebuild.

How much rest or recovery?

Well that depends on a few things. The intensity of your workouts, for one. Also, factors like your age, current level of fitness and training experience. Ideally, you want to allow time to recover well but not lose any gains that you have made. Talk with your coach about any soreness or health concerns and they can help you decide on the best training routine for you. The CrossFit Prescription as outlined by Coach Glassman is 3 days on 1 off 2 day on 1 off.  Again athletes are encouraged to make this work with their schedules.

While 1 day of total rest per week is recommended to all of our CrossFit 4504 athletes, we are also huge advocates of active recovery.

What’s the difference between rest and recovery?

Rest (or passive recovery) would basically consist of something like Netflix and chill (very important), whilst active recovery consists of low to moderate levels of exercise.

When we explain active recovery to our crew, we mention things like –

YOGA – great for flexibility and breathing technique

LIGHT RESISTANCE TRAINING – emphasis on LIGHT! As in 30% of your 1RM

ROMWOD – if only to listen to the soothing sounds of Daniel Head!

FOAM ROLLING/LACROSSE BALL/BARBELL RELEASE – basically any method of releasing the tension from your muscles. Warning…this will hurt!

LIGHT, STEADY JOGGING/RIDING – one pace, for around 30 minutes

MASSAGE – get someone else to inflict the pain, helping to relax those aching muscles

BUSHWALKING – become one with nature! Good for your mind, body and soul

SWIMMING – with no joint impact at all, this is a fantastic active recovery exercise.

So why active recovery though? Why not make rest days just total rest all the time?

Blood flow.

Active recovery will stimulate blood flow to your muscles and all those connective tissues that have been broken down. This will increase your recovery by circulating nutrients to help muscles repair themselves. Active recovery will also flush out lactic acid and other waste products which build up during high intensity training.

Incorporating active recovery, complete rest and adequate sleep into your training routine will enable your body to receive the full benefits of CrossFit. Flushing out your system with good old H²O and maintaining healthy nutrition will also assist your recovery. Most importantly, listen to your body. For whatever reason, there will be times when you require more rest and recovery than usual. You can still attend training – but lighten your load. Talk to your coach and drop down in weight, lower the rep scheme or the level of skill. Just for a few days, or a week. Your body will benefit. Both from the active recovery and the continuation of your training.

We are committed to looking after the CrossFit 4504 members. Which is why – even though we love their faces – we will quite happily tell them to Bugger Off!! Depending on each athlete and the intensity of each week, if they are noticeably struggling or have trained 6 days straight, they will be encouraged to rest. We want our athletes to continue to enjoy their training and firmly believe that rest days and active recovery will ensure they do so.

So, reap the rewards of the high intensity training methodology of CrossFit. But think about options for active recovery. It will help you recover and reset, ready for another week working towards a fitter, stronger and healthier you.

 

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Struggling with your Health….Let Us Help You

This is Rob. Rob is a doctor, so we can’t show you his face!!

G’day Dr Rob!

Dr Rob loves CrossFit & CrossFit 4504 – and he knows how beneficial exercise can be for overall health. Read below to find out more….

People often correlate exercise with trying to lose weight – and it is a great factor in aiding weightloss. But more and more studies are showing however, that in terms of dropping weight, your diet and nutrition hold far greater importance.

So why do we exercise? To gain strength and fitness? CrossFit is an awesome training method in terms of becoming stronger, faster, fitter and more agile.

But there’s another reason why exercise is a vital ingredient to good health…it is a proven way to reduce the risk of chronic disease. How cool is that?

There are people who swear they can’t afford a CrossFit membership, or that they don’t have time to workout. How about this? Add the extra cost of a large coffee to your daily budget. Except don’t drink that extra coffee. Put it toward a CrossFit membership. And here’s the super cool part….it will save you a shite load of money in the long run! Because chronic diseases are currently the most expensive of all health problems- and they are also the most preventable.

Meet Lazza…Before joining us in January 2018 he was drinking 6+L of Coke per day. Gave it up the day he joined and uses that money to afford a membership.

Just 40-60 minutes a day of heart pumping exercise is perfect for not only preventing chronic disease, but will significantly aid in managing and reducing symptoms associated with the common chronic diseases listed below.

Diabetes (Type 2)

Physical activity is an important step in treating Type 2 Diabetes. Exercise makes it easier to control the sugar levels in our blood and people with Diabetes have way too much sugar (or glucose) sitting in their veins. Your muscles use the glucose in your blood when you exercise. It gives them energy which in turn lowers your blood sugar levels and helps maintain that level.

Now most people who are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes are also overweight, which can make exercising a very daunting prospect. We cannot stress enough the need to consult your doctor before jumping straight into an exercise training program. But we can also tell you this…CrossFit is a training methodology which is perfect for the shit-scared beginner who knows their capabilities will be limited. Each movement can be stripped back, altered and suited to each individual athlete!

Heart Disease

Want a healthy heart? Make it strong! As our lifestyles have become more sedentary, Heart Disease has risen to be one of the leading causes of death in developed countries. Now there’s a First World Problem for you!

Exercise counteracts Heart Disease by not only increasing your heart’s strength but decreasing the strain on your heart. Get your blood pumping and your blood pressure will be lower, your circulation much improved and your levels of good cholesterol will skyrocket. And good cholesterol is the business you want in your body for your brain, your hormones and your cells to do their jobs properly.

Don’t be scared to try CrossFit as a form of exercise if you suffer Hypertension or Heart Disease. Slow and steady wins the race and gadgets such as heart rate monitors will ensure you exercise within a range that’s safe for your requirements.

Arthritis/Osteoporosis

It really hurts to move when you suffer from these debilitating chronic diseases. And normally, you would assume that placing extra weight on affected joints would lead to further problems, wouldn’t you? Studies have in fact proven the exact opposite. Regular exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercise is now a known combatant in regards to both preventing and aiding musculoskeletal diseases. By increasing strength, flexibility and mobility you can reduce pain associated with these diseases and move more freely into old age.

Cancer

The National Cancer Institute released a report from an extensive 11 year study on the effects of exercise and cancer. During that time, they studied a broad range of participants (aged 19-98) and examined many forms of cancers in over 1.4 million people.

Experts drew quite a few conclusions from the study – most importantly that physical activity was found to “have far reaching value for cancer prevention.” And for those who are suffering or recovering from cancer, exercise is a fantastic way to aid in positive emotion, regaining self control and keeping your body strong.

Cancer is a chronic disease close to many of us and to know that we are fighting it every time we exercise enables us to maintain our health and confidence in our bodies.

So if you currently suffer from a chronic disease and are looking for a suitable form of exercise, come in and talk with one of our CrossFit 4504 coaches. We are always happy to sit down with you, liaise with your doctor and design a program that’s safe for you. We are passionate about getting you moving to the best of your ability.

And for those who don’t suffer with chronic disease but know they need to start down the path of exercising more regularly? Come and see us! Start slowly – be kind to yourself. But also be prepared to work hard to prevent the potential onset of disease in the future. If you do something now, we are able to teach you how to give yourself the best possible chance in preventing or delaying chronic disease.

We’re all so busy with our lives that we sometimes forget to look after ourselves. Make the time – for your own physical and mental health. A 30 minute WOD is only 2% of your day. A 1 hour class is 4%.

Four. Percent. Of your entire day!! That’s not much in the grand scheme of things. Most of us would spend more time than that on social media or watching TV. Turn off your gadgets – just for a little while. Make time for you.

Listen to Doctor Rob and see for yourself how beneficial CrossFit can be in terms of your overall health.

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Lacking Motivation? Let Us Help

We talk a lot about motivation. How to achieve it. How to maintain it. Motivation ensures you show up to training even when you don’t want to. Or does it? What happens when you lose motivation? And it will happen. ‘Ole ‘Motivation’ goes and hides somewhere in that vortex that’s usually filled with missing Tupperware lids, left-footed socks and vanishing hair ties!

Then what are you left with apart from right-footed socks? (WTF?)

You still want results from your training right? You don’t want to go backwards in your fitness levels, your weight loss or your muscle gains.

So what gets you moving when you don’t want to train but you know you should?

DISCIPLINE.

Just one word.

Now coaches can’t really hand out discipline in the true sense of the word (even though some may like the idea of having a box full of disciples!) Most of us aren’t children anymore and are big enough and ugly enough to make our own decisions. But this isn’t the type of discipline we’re talking about anyway. In terms of training regularity, technique and integrity, good CrossFit coaches can only encourage discipline in an athlete. Discipline in each athlete comes down to self-regulation. And sometimes you really have to be strict with yourself. Self-discipline in training will keep your results ticking over until your fickle mate ‘Motivation’ decides to return. Discipline can be achieved in the following ways…

Routine –

Maintaining a routine is vital to discipline, particularly when motivation is missing. Your training routine should look somewhat like this…

Exciting hey? We never said discipline was exciting. It’s just something that has to be done.

If you know you train better before heading off to work, set your alarm and make it to that 5am class. Yes, it’s winter and it’s cold and the doona is your best friend. But how good is the feeling of a cold, steel barbell at 5am? Ok, so not very fucking good, especially when your fingers are frozen and jar with every movement…Seriously, how do you early crew do this every day? Aaaahh…that’s right! Because you are disciplined!! Because it’s part of your routine. And even though that doona coaxes you to hang out for more ‘snuggle time’, you realise that your arse will not make it to class if you give in to its sweet nothings and don’t get up and go.

 

Find a class time that suits you. It could be different for every day depending on your other commitments. Just don’t forget to include CrossFit training to your list of commitments. Because you have made a commitment to yourself to achieve results. To make improvements. To take time for yourself. To learn discipline. CrossFit 4504 offers 8 class times every weekday for our members to choose from and work into their daily routine.

Direction –

We all train to improve, don’t we? We want to improve our fitness. Our technique. Our physical capabilities. Ultimately we want to challenge ourselves over the course of a week, a month, a year. To make note of our weaknesses and take pride in our strengths.

Direction is all about pointing yourself towards where you want to be and working out how to get there. If you have a goal you’re working towards, you’re going to need direction on how to get there. It may be a program for slowly improving your fitness, progressions toward your first pull-up or a nutrition plan designed for your body type, some sort of strategy so you now have that direction mapped out for you. Discipline comes from following that map as closely as possible in order to achieve results.

Now there are many different directions you can travel in the CrossFit training world. Start with something simple. Take into account factors such as your current body composition, mobility and fitness levels. Talk to your coaches and come up with a ‘map’ on which direction you want to head to with your training. You may even be able to visit more than one place on your CrossFit travels just by heading in a certain direction. Having the discipline to head in that direction will help you get there sooner. And seeing results might even lure the elusive ‘Motivation’ back from the vortex!

Fun –

Showing discipline doesn’t mean your training will always be dull and boring. The exact opposite is our greatest hope for all of our members at CrossFit 4504. Now usually motivation and fun go hand in hand, don’t they? So how do you maintain that sense of fun if you currently have zero levels of motivation to train?

Simple! Train somewhere you enjoy being. With people you enjoy being with. In a supportive community filled with others who will encourage you and make it easier for you to show the discipline you require. Sharing a chat and a joke with your community before tackling a WOD helps. Laughing and complaining about it afterwards helps too. Knowing that others share your pain and understand your frustrations makes turning up to class easier. There will always be people you enjoy hanging with and on days where motivation is lacking if you provide the discipline, they’ll provide the fun.

Believe it or not, asking for feedback from a coach can also be ‘fun’! Stimulating conversations in regards to your training can encourage you to rediscover lost motivation. Making slight changes can also make training more enjoyable. It may be something as simple as a technique variation, mobility exercise or different scaling option. A change or refocus that will leave you feeling satisfied that your training does matter and that you’re still achieving – even though you may feel flat.

Motivation is a feeling, but it won’t always be around. Discipline, on the hand, is a trait which has to be learned. Discipline seems harsh, but it is not punishment. It is hard, but it’s a vital quality to improvement and accomplishment. And when it comes down to it, discipline is something only you can achieve. Sometimes it takes a lot of bloody effort to be disciplined, particularly if your CrossFit training hasn’t been offering the motivation that it normally does. But ‘Motivation’ will return. When it’s finished sipping Pina Coladas on the beach with Mrs ‘Left Sock’, ‘Motivation’ will burst back into your life and ask what the heck you’ve been doing. Then you can introduce ‘Motivation’ to ‘Discipline’ and be like “You 2 can get to know each other while I get on with being bad ass!!”

CrossFit 4504 encourages discipline from our athletes. Regular training sees more definitive results and greater satisfaction in their training. We provide our members with many routine options, direction and loads of fun and support from within our community. A perfect environment for learning the art of discipline.

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Wear your Pride with Pride

A few weeks ago, we asked the CrossFit 4504 crew to let us know ‘What makes you proud?’ A whiteboard was provided along with colourful markers, so our members could provide answers in their own time. It seemed an easy enough question, yet there was a surprisingly slow response from our athletes. We know they are proud of their achievements, both in and out of the box. It just seemed that writing something down for everyone to see wasn’t something they were initially comfortable in doing. The board eventually filled with reasons our members were proud of – in themselves and in others. We know that pride is not just about a desire for recognition, but we shouldn’t feel shame in the enjoyment of that recognition either.

Why is pride important to us? Let’s talk about why and how it is awesome to be able to express pride…

  • It’s Motivating

Whether we acknowledge it or not, our emotions play a huge part in fuelling our motivation to succeed. Pride is a powerful emotion that it is generally triggered in response to achieving a goal or making a conscious effort with self-improvement. Showing pride in your accomplishments – whether it be improving your ‘Fran’ time or going without cigarettes for over 2 weeks – creates a positive feeling inside of us. A feeling of worth. Pride is different to arrogance in that you don’t HAVE to let every single person know that you have smashed a goal or two. They will see it. In your expression. In your posture. In the way you approach your training. In how you react to life! Taking pride in yourself, your achievements and your actions signals to others that you are confident and you are important. And you are!

The motivation you attain by expressing that pride, can lead to many more of your goals being accomplished. Pride does not equal conceit. Pride is something you can show in others and in yourself – motivation for all.

  • It’s Inspiring!

We spoke of ways to be inspiring in our last blog and how showing pride is one way to inspire others to succeed. Letting others see how proud you are of YOUR achievements will inspire them to push forward with their own goals. It’s not a matter of being the best, it’s more about giving yourself the opportunity to be YOUR BEST. Others will take note of your pride and share in it with you. This is where inspiration kicks in. To know that your efforts are being recognised is cause for pride in itself. But to know that your efforts are inspiring others in the process? What a phenomenal feeling of pride that can give you.

  • It Gives You Courage

Successes and failures are a part of life. You are not always going to succeed at everything the way you would wish to. In fact – and this could not be more true in the CrossFit method of training – there will always be some things you suck at! Do you just give up on those weaknesses? Heck NO! The way you handle failures says a lot about your character and having the courage to succeed with pride but also fail with pride shows an immense amount of courage.

Showing pride in every achievement, no matter how small, can build momentum to help you through those times when nothing works and you feel as though you suck at everything. You don’t suck at everything – it just seems that way. Persistence itself is something to be proud of and taking note of every achievement, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant can give you the courage to continue if things get rough. This is also when your past achievements can provide you with your greatest strengths. Knowing that you have overcome obstacles in the past gives you strength and courage to push through. Whether in relation to your CrossFit training or life in general, being able to express pride not only allows you to take control of yourself, it reminds you of the courage you continue to draw from yourself in your ability to keep moving. A 2-steps sideways, 3-steps backwards, 4-steps forward kind of movement – yet still moving toward your goals. Tackling all obstacles head on…maybe with a certain amount of trepidation – but also a bucket load of courage and pride.

The road to success in CrossFit training and indeed life in general is often bumpy and at times filled with horseshit. We are forced to make choices which seem horrible either way – do we divert along a long, bumpy road or trudge wearily through the horseshit? Neither a pleasant way to travel, but eventually we are cruising again on a smooth highway, celebrating our achievements after a little re-evaluation and a whole lotta pride.

Just remember to occasionally look in your rear vision mirror from time to time. This will serve to remind you just how far you have already come in your journey, how many obstacles you have overcome and how hard you have worked to become a better version of you. You may have a ways to go yet, but take PRIDE in the fact that you are here. Right here, right now. You are amazing and you SHOULD be proud of that. We are proud of you!

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