Tuesday 10/09/12 Posted by admin on October 8, 2012 • No comments
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Wise Words from Lift Big Eat Big
The deload period of your training is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that most Crossfitters have no concept of deloading, and if they do, they probably hate it. In fact, coaching a relatively relaxed Crossfit session this morning, I heard all sorts of grumbles and groans that the workout wasn’t really worth waking up for since it wasn’t
By regularly implementing deload weeks into your 4, 8, 12, or 16 week program, you can continuously hit the weights hard 2-3 days in a row with a rest day in between. The deload week also allows your CNS and brain to recollect itself after hard weeks of training, assuring that you will be able to jump back into the program with renewed vigor.
It is important to remember that while a deload is of the upmost importance, don’t let the deload period extend for too long or you WILL begin to experience negative adaptations to your training. A week of proper SMR/lacrosse ball work, adequate rest and food intake, as well as analysis of form and technique will ensure that you are able to stick with a program for the long run, rather than bowing out early due to burnout or injuries.