Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Fatigue based training vs training correctly
James and Mike, my coachs, but more importantly great people
Since 2005 I have been an athlete who was doing fatigue based training. I was training 5-6 days per week at 100% effort. Imagine doing Fran and Helen multiple times per week. This is what was instilled in me at a young age(full effort) and since my introduction to crossfit this is how i trained. It wasnt until the last year that I realized this can only happen for so long before the machine starts breaking down. I have suffered some nasty injuries and tough times as a result of this kind of immature training. Since my relationship with James and his CCP classes I've learned that this is NOT how you should be training. You have to balance your energy systems correctly (CP, ANG, AER), percentages of effort have to be prescribed appropriately and most importantly you have to listen to your body! We have a saying on the OPT blog that the 3 H's need to be in order if your program is prescribed right. Happy, Hunger, Horny. Are you positive, excited to train-learn, excited to start the next day, or are you snappy, and negative? Is your appetite consistent and are you feeling satisfied after each meal? Or are you having a hard time finishing your food, or major fluctuations in appetite? Do you think about sex and want sex, consistently? The first thing to go is your sex drive when you are over-training. Start becoming more aware of how you feel during and after training, your thoughts surrounding your training, your daily energy levels, and your mental outlook on each day. As you move forward in your journey of health and longevity, you will find that your training, nutrition and lifestyle all start to blend as one.