Think Before You Drink

It’s not earth shattering news that consuming alcohol will negatively impact athletic performance.  Zeke from CrossFit Coastal put together this piece detailing some of the impact.  If you want to get stronger, faster, or leaner, drinking will slow you down.

WOD drunk. Getting actual drunk can inhibit this wonderful feeling.

You want to perform your best every time you’re at the gym.  I know from personal experience, early in my life as a CrossFitter that a couple drinks the night before makes that max effort deadlift a lot tougher to pull, and metcons become even more brutal.  That is, if you can make it into the gym after a night out.  You’re doing supplemental work to slaughter your goats, you think you’re eating super clean, and you wonder why the progress you’re after isn’t there.  Well, paleo with a boozin’ bias could be holding you back.  Look, I’m not going to tell you to quit drinking altogether, but if you cut back on consistent or excessive drinking you’ll feel better.  After all, don’t we do this to become more capable, and feel more alive?

April 27, 2011
Strength: High Bar Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3

2 Snatches (45kg/30kg)
6 Burpees
4 Snatches
6 Burpees
6 Snatches
6 Burpees
8 Snatches
6 Burpees
10 Snatches
6 Burpees

17 thoughts on “Think Before You Drink”

    1. Eh. A few years back I watched “Requiem for a Dream” for the first time while smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey, and it pretty much made me want to vomit.

  1. BS 95 kg
    WOD: 8:51 or 8:15, can’t remember w/ 40kg.
    Having a drink the night before the 5:30 class is a mistake you only make once.

  2. OK, OK, i get it… thank you for the reminder.

    HBBS – 112kg (PR)

    WOD – 8:56 (Dennis can attest to the spectacular bail that slowed this one down)

  3. Christina Nikitopoulos

    HBBS: 57kg PR
    WOD: 6:17 @ 15kg (went light because snatches hurt my old shoulder injury)

    Don’t forget:
    Sunday 5/1 — 12:30/1:00ish paleo cooking party at my house, 24 Van Greenby Road, Lowell

    bring stuff to cook, grill and drink… we’ll hang out, learn new recipes from eachother as we cook, watch the Sox game, have fun.

    email me:

  4. HBBS — 60kg; not a PR but finally inching back toward pre-marathon lifts

    WOD — 7:57 @ 25kg

    This post brought me back to my days in college of doing the elliptical and nautilus machines hungover…or occasionally still drunk. Good times, poor performance 🙂

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