There’s no denying it: the CrossFit Open can be stressful. As much fun as we have, there’s always (no matter how many times you’ve been through this) nerves. We stress about the endless possibilities for the workout movements, then after the release, we constantly think about different strategies and obsess over how best to perform the workout or how much it’s going to hurt. We all know the workouts are going to hurt, we know they’re going to mentally and physically push us more than in training and we know that it is definitely not going to be easy. However, the whole experience can be a lot less stressful if we stop worry about the things we CANNOT control (workouts, leaderboard etc.) and instead focus all of our energy to those things that we CAN control.
The biggest and most important thing we can control over these next 5 weeks, aside from our mindset, is recovery. The intensity inherent in the Open puts more stress on our bodies than most of us are used to. Therefore, it is essential that we, as athletes, take care of our bodies, before and after every workout, to maximize performance. This includes (but is not limited to) getting enough good quality sleep, drinking water, eating properly, and stretching. With these domains under control, we can be sure that we’ve created the best environment for success – all you must do is go out there and give it your best shot!
What exactly does “eating properly” mean? Getting more sleep, drinking more water and stretching are simple and straightforward instructions to follow. You know exactly what is being asked of you and what you should do. However, “proper nutrition” can be somewhat ambiguous, so it helps to consult with a coach to make sure that you are eating enough and the right kind of food to optimize performance and recovery.
Don’t have access to a coach?
Here are 6 tips that will help you optimize performance on game day:
2. Give yourself ample time to digest
3. Keep your routine the same
4. Prioritize carbohydrates
5. Listen to your body
6. Think positive thoughts
Remember that everyone is different and if something isn’t working for you, don’t keep doing it. How you feel and perform are you biggest indicators for what is working and what isn’t. If you didn’t feel your best the first week, change something. Alternatively, if you felt great, keep doing that! We love structure and routine, so try and find yours and then stick to it!
Remember why you started.
Trust the process.
Enjoy the journey.
Celebrate every success.
YOU’VE GOT THIS!
CrossFit 6S team helping you achieve your fitness goals.