One of the questions I repeatedly grapple with is how often to go to Crossfit. I’ve asked my coaches about it and they’ve told me that it’s safe to attend every day and, indeed, that regular attendance is the best way to improve. But I’m also instructed to listen to my body, scale as needed, and even take a day off when it feels right. But I’m never totally sure where to draw that line, which brings me to today, lying in my couch, suffering fatigue and aches in every muscle in my body, and wondering if I’m getting sick, or if I pushed a bit too hard last week, or if I’m sore because I haven’t pushed hard enough in the past.
This past week I went to regularly scheduled classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. On Thursday, I had a personal training session instead of class. Today (Sunday) is my rest day. I felt pretty decent Monday through Thursday, but Friday and Saturday were definitely a struggle. I know I’m not old, but I’m also not in my twenties anymore, and I wonder if I should scale back a tad to accommodate my current body/life?
I try to keep Crossfit in perspective in my life. After all, I need to be awake and pain-free enough to perform my real job and do all the other things I enjoy. But I do have terrible Crossfit FOMO. What if the class I miss is the one that really focuses on things I need to improve? What if that’s the class I could have learned something that would change my whole lifting technique for the better? What if I could have PR’d? What if I want to eat ice cream later without worrying about its effect on my body? Somewhere in this thought-spiral, I usually decide to just suck it up and go to the box.
How often do you Crossfit? What are your tips for recovery? Do you know how to turn off the FOMO voices? Any advice is greatly appreciated!