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Weekend Fun at Urban Acrobatics

Weekend Fun at Urban Acrobatics

Avoiding the CrossFit Burnout

Do you remember the first year you did CrossFit consistently?

Do you recall how great it was to PR nearly every time you retested a benchmark workout?

Or what about the first time you got that gymnastics movement that was a “weakness”?

Well, that’s usually how the first year or so goes … lots of really, really big improvements … and you might have even gotten a nice set of abs if you’ve been eating clean.

But I am here to say that following that first year the work really starts.

By making those monumental jumps during the first year or so you’ve expanded your athletic abilities – and by expanding your athletic abilities, you are also getting closer and closer to your genetic limitations, which means PRs will be few and far between.

And I am all for pushing the boundaries about as far as they’ll go … but when the PRs slow down, it get’s tough to continually grind it out, so I really enjoyed reading this article titled “5 Tips to Avoid the CrossFit Burnout” written by Patrick McCarty about how to avoid the burnout once the progress stops.

Here are my favorite suggestions, along with a few of my own:

  • Develop a long term plan
  • Choose competitions wisely
  • Consider an even bigger change (use the skills and fitness you’ve developed in CrossFit towards something else)
  • Take a break
  • Reconnect and visualize your long-term goals and objectives – why did you get into this in the first place? Have you accomplished everything you set out to accomplish?
  • Don’t take it so serious – smile, laugh, make jokes, and when it’s time to get serious, then get after it
  • Change up your class time

And here’s one last note – I went to the Urban Acrobatics class on Saturday, and I have to say it was the funnest thing I’ve done in a while.

Having learned basic movement skills from CrossFit and my years as a competitive athlete, the experience at Urban Acrobatics was fantastic!

But here’s the real takeaway – get out into the world and use the “fitness” that we work so hard fun. You might really, really impress yourself.

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