“You don’t get strong by lifting weights, you get strong by recovering from lifting weights.”

Do you agree with this comment? Why or why not?

How do you know when it’s time to rest?

What do you do when you are away from CrossFit?

These are important questions that everyone should think about. Please post your thoughts to comments.

Carly knows when it's time to rest

17 Responses

  1. Patrick

    I agree with that comment. It took me a long time to figure out how much rest vs workout is best for me. I’m still trying to “tweak” it, but I’m sure that changes as you adapt. I find that if I workout more that 3 days in a row, the 3 or 4 day my performance is very weak.

  2. Great question Kevin. The statment is true. Muscle building happens as soon as you complete a workout. Rest, Nutrition, etc. all play a massive role. In preparing for Sectionals I was doing A LOT of work and eventually crashed. I just came off of 4 rest days. I was BURNED OUT! Now I am easing back into a more reasonable routine.

    During time off I think it’s important to get in touch with other activities. I spend time with my kids, play guitar, and avoid all things CrossFit. You gotta come up for air sometimes.

    1. Pierre

      I have a few for you Jeff, if you want to borrow them, no problem!

      – Lights Out
      – Good Calories, Bad Calories
      – Paleo Diet for Athletes
      – Metabolic Typing Diet
      – Facing up (Story of Bear Grylls climbing Everest)
      – Starting Strenght

  3. Kevin L

    Thinking about those questions, it really depends on each person’s view on when is too much before taking a break. Course you can place a general guideline but like Patrick said you need to “tweak” it until you have it the way that you like it. Lifting weights really makes you feel powerful once you’ve started climbing up but you also have to make sure that you’re minimizing the amount of unhealthier foods so that your muscles recover quickly and effectively.

    Along with every other Crossfitter out there, I love going out to the gym and tackling a workout. Hearing the cheers and grunting from everyone, the music in the background that you’re not really listening to and the sweet satisfaction that you get at the end of a workout, knowing that you just pushed yourself and finished another hard workout. I think that’s the best feeling, that satisfaction. It’s like you got a 99% on a test cause you worked hard and knew the answers; it just makes you feel good about yourself.

    In my downtime from Crossfit I have to do my homework more than anything but if I had free time i’d like to think I would go hiking, snowboarding, caving, learn the guitar and a few others. Other times I don’t want any downtime from crossfit cause be makes me feel energized. Personally Crossfit has been a huge change in my life and I think I’m better for it. Hope everyone is having a good weekend! Cheers!

  4. Ed

    What a day!

    11 am–
    Snatch technique for like an hour and a half
    Found my tech really really improved. ended up getting 130 up 🙂 (first time doing it)

    For time:
    155 pound Squat clean, 15 reps
    30 Toes to bar
    30 Box jump, 24 inch box
    15 Muscle-ups
    40 pound dumbbell Push press / push jerk, 30 reps
    30 Double-unders
    135 pound Thruster, 15 reps
    30 Pull-ups
    30 Burpees
    300 feet Walking lunge with 45lb plate held overhead

    40:17 as prescribed, good push today guys/ Long workouts like these are my weekness ! beat my goal of 45 mins though

    I’m exhausted!

  5. Kevin

    Snatch 1RM
    Built up to 145# (matched PR, but haven’t snatched since October 1)

    2009 Games Chipper (see Ed’s post)

    I’m disappointed with my time, but quite happy I was able to complete it. My back didn’t act up at all (which shocked me), and I had no food in me (have a flu bug of some sort).

    Great job today guys!

  6. Sonia

    Snatch 1RM
    Built up to 110lb, attempted 115 many times but didn’t get it yet!

    2009 Games Chipper

    I was satisfied with that time. Didn’t really know what to expect. I was about 13min in before starting thrusters… needless to say these slowed me down, they were really hard. Burpees and lunges were tough and slow too but the rest went very well and I was really happy to be able to do all the muscle ups. Plus, I just checked what Tanya Wagner’s time was – 29:32, so three min off her time isn’t bad!!!

    Great job guys! We’re getting closer and we’re all doing well, lets keep it up… oh and we all need to get the appropriate rest if we want to do well and get better, it’s all about balance.

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