· By Steven Owens
Intention over intensity.
We've all been there. You just joined a new gym or are making your way back in after some time off. You tell yourself I'm going to take it easy, or I'm not going to pile weight on the bar, but what happens??
You hear the buzzer, and immediately, all common sense goes out the window, and you find yourself in a race to finish first. Now, there's nothing wrong with a little competition. That's why you're there, but how does that benefit you if you can't work out, let alone walk for the next 3 days?
Start Slow!! Work on your form, and make sure you understand the mechanics of the lift you're doing. You may feel fine at first, but if you continue to have poor form at high intensity, there will be long-term adverse effects.
Intensity is a staple in CrossFit workouts, but it can also be a detriment. The goal of CrossFit is to improve your fitness, but too much intensity can lead to injury. 😬
Intensity can also be short-lived, meaning that you may reach a peak level of performance but be unable to sustain it without proper intention behind your workouts. 📉
On the other hand, intention is a long-term approach that encourages you to focus on form and technique. When you focus on form and technique, you can improve your fitness without risking injury. You can also achieve a level of consistency that will allow you to reach your fitness goals and longevity in your sport.
Training in this way allows you to focus on the process of fitness and not just the end result. When you focus on the process, you are more likely to make steady progress in your workouts and avoid burnout or injury. 🤕
We all love the sport, but all too often, we go too hard, too fast, and end up watching from the sidelines.
Be smart, and stay safe!
- HH Team