CrossFit is a high-intensity workout regimen that incorporates functional movements from various disciplines such as weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardio. While CrossFit can be an effective way to improve fitness and overall health, it can also be dangerous if proper technique and safety precautions are not followed.
Here are five bad CrossFit habits you need to stop now to prevent injury:
Sacrificing form for speed or weight (see the previous What’s the Intended Stimulus blog)
One of the biggest mistakes people make in CrossFit is sacrificing proper form for the sake of completing the workout quickly or lifting heavier weights. This puts unnecessary strain on your joints and can lead to serious injuries. Always prioritize proper form and technique over speed or weight.
Neglecting to warm up properly
Failing to warm up properly before a CrossFit workout can increase your risk of injury. Take the time to properly stretch and warm up your muscles and joints before beginning any workout.
Ignoring pain or discomfort (see the previous “are you hurt or are you injured” blog)
Ignoring pain or discomfort during a workout can lead to serious injuries. If something feels wrong or uncomfortable, stop immediately and seek advice from a coach or medical professional.
Overtraining can lead to fatigue, burnout, and injury. Make sure to give your body time to rest and recover between workouts.
Failing to listen to your body
Your body is a powerful indicator of when something is wrong. Pay attention to how you feel before, during, and after workouts. If you’re feeling overly fatigued, experiencing pain or discomfort, or just not feeling well, take a break and give your body the rest it needs.