More is... More Betterer???

Everyone has been there... "I love these workouts! I've lost 5lbs coming 4x per week so if I just add 2 more days per week and double up some workouts, I'll get even fitter" Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. A person's body can only take so much before it starts to regress. Working out should be looked at from a global perspective. Looking at things with long-term goals that stack up over weeks, months and years. Adding more and more work will just break you which will lead to you burning out and keeping you out of the gym- all the sweet gains you desire are just a dream. 

Low intensity running is a fantastic way to recover from a hard week. 

Low intensity running is a fantastic way to recover from a hard week. 

"But, Justin! I am so Elite, and I can handle more work. I am going to come back and do the workout again, and then, I'll go for a run when I get home right after I finish my P90x." In your mind, that may seem like a good idea, and it may be possible for a few weeks. The truth is that working out is a stressor on your body. Just like any other type of stress, your body can only take so much before you reach the point of diminishing returns. The "more is better" mindset also doesn't take into account the fact that your gains come outside of the gym. Rest and recovery is when you improve. You train hard and break yourself down so you should REST and RECOVER just as hard. 5 days of work with a day or two of light, easy, active recovery is the absolute most many of us can truly handle. It's science! You can push the boundaries for only so long. You'll feel great at first, but trust me... the fall is coming. If you trust that your coaches have your best interests in mind, listen to them. We want you to progress as much as anyone. Our goal is for you to progress for years to come. A little sacrifice now goes a long way for a lengthy, injury-free career at CrossFit Alpharetta.