CrossFit Recovery, why is it important?
CrossFit can quickly become addictive but overtraining can stand in the way of your progression if you don’t listen to your body. You increase the risk of injury and therefore frustration.
Listen to your coaches during classes as well as for your rest times, they know what’s best for your body and apply the advices they give you:
CrossFit Recovery is as important as your training for your body. A lot of people don’t know that during a workout your nervous system is highly solicitated by your brain as it is giving the orders to your muscles to contract. The issue is that nervous fatigue is very discrete and you feel it only when you can’t/won’t do anything else. This is the main reason you should be very careful.
In addition to nervous fatigue during the effort, the body is a place where constant biological disruptions happen that need to be balanced and repaired. Muscles for example are highly stressed: glycogen reserves are depleted, acidic waste is accumulating, free radicals are produced and are attacking cell structures, minerals involved in muscular contraction are unbalanced, muscle fibers are breaking down…
These phenomenons are first leading to muscular fatigue, cramps and chronic pain and then increase the risk of injuries.
The effort during CrossFit workouts weakens the whole body: beyond nervous and muscular fatigue, it leads to a general weariness, hyperthermia (sometimes along with dehydration), electrolytes imbalance, nutriment deficits, toxins that accumulate in the internal organs, a deterioration and inflammation or joints and tendons, an excess of free radicals and a decrease of immune defense that can lead to viral or bacterial infections.
CrossFit Recovery is important
To strengthen your body and to allow your CrossFit class to be effective, there are two key aspects: your muscles have to work hard that’s sure but you also have to give your muscle fibers enough time to repair themselves and your whole body to recover correctly. It seems paradoxical, but it’s by resting that you become stronger!
Take CrossFit Recovery in consideration, working out six days a week (one hour including the warm-up) doesn’t look like it’s an excessive amount (especially for athletes that just started CrossFit, it’s so new and so exciting!). But this schedule can be misleading. You will strengthen your body way faster and it will be more sustainable by alternating your workouts with some rest time.
In conclusion, the CrossFit workout creates some physical adaptations (fat loss, stronger muscles and much more) that don’t happen during your workouts but mostly during your rest time. By the way, don’t forget that sleep is also an essential tool to rebuild your muscles. The recommended amount of sleep for a CrossFitter is from 7 to 9 hours per night.
Have a good workout and… don’t forget to recharge your batteries !!
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