CrossFit is defined as – “constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity.” Constantly varied can refer to all kind of modalities and the workout type – for time, AMRAP, for max load and it can refer to the exercises – back squats, snatches, chest to bar pull-ups, wallballs, rowing, and handstand walks. We get a little bit of it all at CrossFit Gastonia.
One area that we often overlook in the constantly varied realm is environmental factors such as time of day, temperature, and even the clothes we wear, who knows you make have to deadlift a tree trunk in loafers one day. These too should be considered when adhering to a constantly varied program.
We all have our perfect scenarios in which we like to workout. It's 6:15 pm and 65 degrees, and you show up to class in our new Reebook outfit, you just had your preworkout and are ready to take on the Metcon. But life doesn’t always throw us perfect scenarios and in CrossFit we train to be ready for the unknown and unknowable (did you see The Games this year-hello, obstacle course and Cyclocross) and we do this by training a broad range of exercises, workouts, and environmental factors.
So, why are you telling me this Sara? Do you want me to show up in jeans and loafers to the 5 am class? No. It means that the next time an environmental curve ball is thrown your way- and it will, step up to the challenge and know that you are improving your fitness by conditioning your body. In addition, you’ll find fewer excuses why not to go to a workout! "I forgot socks!" get it done. "It is way too hot!" yeah, well so are the deserts in Afghanistan.
If you are a 5:00am class goer only because you don't like the heat, I challenge you to try a lunch or evening class if you can. On the flipside, if evening classes are all you do because you "aren't a morning person" and 5 AM is for the birds, I challenge you to wake up and go train. I am not saying completely change your schedule, but every now and then switch it up- and you will also be able to see new faces and coaches! If you’re kind of hungry but you forgot your afternoon Quest bar or meal, get to class and then go home and eat dinner – you will not starve.
I think you get the point.
Switch it up, your training will thank you!