I am yet to meet someone that trains regularly at their CrossFit gym hoping for just ‘average’ results. Everyone goes to the gym wanting to get 100% out of every workout they perform and improve their athletic ability. Unfortunately, not everyone will achieve maximum results from their training routine. With so many factors at play, it is near impossible to nail every single one of them each day of the week.
Knowing how to work with your body to reach your fitness goal is crucial. On that note, below are several ways you could get the most out of your training routine and improve your workout effectiveness.
This is by far the most important aspect of weight loss. The simple rule is not to out eat what you have already burned. After hitting the gym, the body will automatically need more fuel. This is characterized by hunger pangs and cravings. What you put in your mouth after a workout is critical.
For people who need rapid weight loss, workouts can be coupled with intermittent fasting, also known as IF. One of the best IF approaches I know is known as One Meal A Day (OMAD). However, this should be done with the guidance of a dietician and fitness expert.
More information on OMAD can be found here.
Doing cardio alone is never enough. Over time, the body gets used to it, metabolism goes down and weight loss becomes harder. This is why the CrossFit training regime is so successful, as it incorporates weight training with cardio movements to ensure you get the best results.
Next time you train, try to add some weight lifting sessions into your workout routine. Resistance training not only makes you leaner but also increases your metabolism rate and builds muscles that aid in rapid fat burning.
Switch Things Up
Switching things up will not only keep you from getting bored but will make you reap greater benefits. “Prepare for the unknown and unexpected” is what they preach in CrossFit. The theory is to constantly vary your training regime to ensure your body continues to evolve.
A person performing deep and full squats will get better results as compared to a person who is only doing deep squats. The same applies to any other exercise variations. Performing multiple variations of an exercise allows involvement from more muscle groups leading to greater gains. It also keeps your body guessing and this alone minimizes the chances of hitting a plateau.
Get Quality Sleep
Quality sleep is beneficial in getting the most out of your workouts. Poor sleeping habits significantly lower your exercise performance as well as the ability to come to the next gym session re-energized.
Additionally, when you sleep well, the body can recover better. The recommended hours of sleep are seven to nine hours every single night.
People sweat during workouts. This loss of fluids from your body an make you unable to give workouts your all. It will be hard working out and also make it harder for the body to recover after hitting the gym.
To make sure you get the most out of your workouts, drink at least eight glasses of water every day to keep dehydration at bay. This replaces the water lost during workouts making you feel energized.
Listen to Music
Listening to your favorite tunes while working out can fire up your session. The same applies after a workout (in this case, slow music would do). Music raises serotonin and dopamine hormone levels which aid in body recovery.
Be sure to listen to relaxing tracks after a workout as they help get your blood pressure and heart rate back to normal, hence speedier recovery.