High intensity training has become very popular, as it has shown to be effective in improving fitness. In some training programs, such as CrossFit, high intensity training can be accompanied by high volume training. High volume training consists of multiple workouts per day, with a plethora of movements. High intensity/high volume training can be beneficial for working on several weaknesses at the same time, improving your fitness more quickly than a traditional strength and conditioning program will. The negative aspect of high intensity/high volume training is that too much of it can lead to injury or burnout. Many people do not understand this, nor they understand how to manipulate the volume in order to keep them from burning out or getting injured. A de-load of volume in your training is very important to reset your body and recover in order to ramp up the volume going in to the next phase of your training.
In 2002, CrossFit Inc.’s founder and CEO Greg Glassman defined fitness, and presented the fitness pyramid, which illustrated the building blocks for world-class fitness. We have identified some key pieces missing from the pyramid and reorganized the priorities. This is the Maddox Method’s fitness pyramid.
Many people have preconceived thoughts on what CrossFit is, or what it will be like without even stepping foot inside a CrossFit facility. Whether this is from watching the CrossFit Games or hearing from friends, many people do not realize that the CrossFit experience is a journey. There is growth, and there will be a lot of blood sweat and tears. It can also be fun though. But, at its core, CrossFit is not the Games. Less than 1% of participants qualify for the CrossFit Games. Here are three things that may hinder your CrossFit experience and prevent you from improving your fitness and enjoying your experience.
One thing that I hate to hear is when women say, “I want to be skinny.” Being skinny does not necessarily mean that you are fit. In fact, many times, being skinny can be associated with many other health issues such as anemia, osteoporosis, and immune deficiencies. The goal should be to be as fit as possible. A combination of cardiovascular endurance, strength, power, and flexibility is what everyone should be striving to achieve in order to be physically fit and improve their quality of life. Balanced nutrition and an effective training program is the best way to achieve these fitness results. There is a lot of misinformation, especially in the media, and most people have misconceptions about nutrition, exercise, and weight loss.
The definition of CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movement performed at high intensity. This means that your workouts should vary from day to day, your movements should mimic tasks you see in everyday life, and the workout’s tasks and pace should be challenging. Constantly varied does not mean that you should be doing random workouts each day. You should have a methodology behind your training and make sure that you perform several different tasks each day. When you notice something is missing from your program, you need to implement it so that you can become the best all-around athlete that you can be. Another way to vary your program is to change the style of your workout. This article will look at different types of workout structures and provide examples of how to carry them out.
Eating at restaurants and ordering something healthy is hard. This article probably won’t apply to you if you are eating out 1 to 2 times a week. However, if you find yourself going out more than that, you may want to consider these healthier food alternatives. Some of the reasons for eating out may range from going out with friends, work events, or because it may be convenient. When eating out, beware of portion sizes, quality of food, and not having a balanced meal. The average meal at a restaurant usually consists of an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. Most times, a drink is also part of the meal, varying from alcohol to soda. This abundance of food can create an unhealthy lifestyle. My goal is to help establish guidelines or a cheat sheet when eating out. Consider the following healthier food alternatives.
In my many years in the fitness industry, I have noticed many people have stopped cooking. Two popular responses that I continue to hear are “I hate to cook” or “I have no time to cook.” Those two phrases are sometimes the difference between someone reaching their goals or falling short.
Checking out a CrossFit gym can be nerve-wracking or intimidating, especially when you have no experience. Many people see the CrossFit Games online or on TV and they have a misconception of what CrossFit is. Those Games athletes are elite and represent less than 1% of the CrossFit community. Nonetheless, CrossFit’s training methodology can be used for anyone, at any fitness level, and provide some great benefits. Here are a few tips that you need to know before you begin your CrossFit journey.