I’ll gladly admit that I’m a Crossfit junkie. It’s great and it keeps me on my toes. There are times I have to scale back on the Crossfit though. I do it freely. Why on Earth would I willingly scale back on something I obviously enjoy? Easy – competing goals.
Right now, I’m changing gears for a physique competition. What I have to do to prepare for a show is different than what I would do to prepare for something like the Crossfit Open. There are several methods people use to get the physique they want. Those methods are tailored to the individual. For me, it happens that Crossfit can’t do it all for me, I’ve tried. What does work requires me to put some of my precious resources (time and energy) into other methods. That means giving up some of the Crossfit ghost.
It took some time for me to realize that my favorite mode of exercise wasn’t going to cut it. But the honesty paid off when I found something that worked. Sometimes we get so attached to our routines, we sabotage efforts when they require a change in routine. I see plenty of people acknowledge the need for change and even make extravagant plans. In general, it’s a lot of “adding to” and no “taking away.”
That’s a essential part to the equation. If you’re looking to make a change, make a change. Be honest with your plan and the execution. Are you sneaking in too many extra workouts? Are you overtaxing different energy systems at the same time? Your well intentioned plan may be so jumbled that you’re not letting your body recover like it needs. Changing gears sounds easy, but it involves more than just changing the plan on paper. Drop you attachments and allow yourself to make the change happen.
Sunny Norwood Buck
Fitmark Ambassador 2013