You try to do every workout we put on the board as RX’d, but what are you doing outside the gym walls to reach that goal and perform your best? The choices we make regarding rest, recovery, and refueling are just as important as hitting every workout hard. In fact, if you don’t take care of yourself in the hours you’re not working out it may be tough to continue making athletic gains.
Nutrition and mobility are two areas that are often neglected, but greatly impact performance. Rest days are the perfect time to put a little extra effort into either or both. You can use the time you would have spent squatting, pressing, and sweating, at the grocery store, making sure your nutrition plan doesn’t get derailed because your cupboard is bare. If you’re stocked up at home, use your rest day to do some advance food prep. The more food you have ready to go, the less effort it’ll take to stay on point with your nutrition when you’re beat after long day of work and whatever we throw at you.
You’re probably already stretching and doing soft tissue work with a roller or ball everyday (what? you’re not? why not?), but on a rest day you can pay special attention to any little dings or dents you’ve picked up. There’s been a lot of love for Kelly Starrett’s Mobility WOD (more prominent link coming soon) since it started up last week, and with good reason. It’s a great website that I recommend you check out, bookmark, read, watch, and follow the instructions of daily. Rest days are especially good for this.
As always, ask a CrossFit Fenway coach for additional tips on recovery, and go after that RX on your next rest day.
August 30th, 2010
Skill: Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
Strength: High Bar Back Squat 5-5-5
WOD: Complete 3 Rounds for Time of:
550m Run (1 Lap Around the Block)
100m Farmer’s Walk (Kilmarnock and Back) (32kg/24kg)
50 Double Unders
Fight Gone Bad has raised more than $2 million in its first four editions. This year LIVESTRONG, Wounded Warrior Project, and the CrossFit Foundation are benefiting from the fundraising efforts. On Saturday, September 25th we’ll be running our heats. Justin Shaughnessy has raised $3,350, ranking him first among all fundraisers! Crossfit Fenway has raised a combined $5,211. Register today, and join the fight as part of the CrossFit Fenway team.
CrossFit Fenway will be closed this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in observance of Labor Day.
The Sox are on the road taking on the Os Tuesday, so free parking is available in the lot around CrossFit Fenway all day.