Preparing for a CrossFit competition is more physically and mentally demanding than exclusively training just for fitness. Don’t let that deter you, if you participate in CrossFit we encourage you to do a competition at least once in your lifetime! Be careful, you may get hooked!
Although competition is challenging, preparation is actually rather easy. It’s simply taking a closer look at some of the finer details and dialing them in to make sure that you’re feeling healthy, refreshed and ready to push your limits.
Pro Tip: In the lead up to a competition, consistency is key. If you have an injury, still show up to the gym and talk to your coach about finding a way for you to train pain free that day. Unscheduled days affect your overall training cycle.
PRO TIP: Avoid static stretches before training because they cause you to get “too loose” and feel less in control of your movements.
For more depth on approaching stretching for training and recovery, check out this blog post.
Be selfish in your training, particularly in the lead up to a competition. If you’re going to look on social media, find other interests and things that make you feel positive.
Jessica Lucero, Team WAG member and the best 58kg weightlifter the USA has ever seen, taught me my mantra. “No one will work harder than me because I can control how hard I work.” My mantra ensures that I put 100% into my training, even if I feel like quitting. We recently posted a blog on mantras, which you should check out to help build your own.
Competing in CrossFit is a truly valuable experience. Don’t hold off, waiting for “the right moment,” for when you lose however much weight or get this much stronger. Competition experience early on builds stronger competitors later.
Want more? Check out our Team WAG 2017 CrossFit Open Prep Guide for in depth tips, including Training and Recovery by Brute Strength and the Active Life. The tips in this guide can be applied to your preparation for any CrossFit competition.
Josh Holton has not only been through an amazing transformation as a WAG client and coach, but he’s also had great triumphs throughout his life — including recovering from cancer as a child. Josh was previously a merchant marine where...
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