It’s no secret that for those interested in taking their fitness level to new heights, extra work, beyond that of a normal class, must be done. It’s why everyone at the Games has made it to the Games. Each puts in a significant amount of additional WODs and movements, ranging from attacking specific weaknesses to dialing in complicated technique. Many even have coaches whom they pay a pretty penny for personalized programming. But what about those of us with limited time simply looking to be better than last month? Than last year? Deciding what to do, and when to do it, can be very overwhelming. Which movements do you choose? How much do you do? Too often eager athletes bite off more than they can chew (I speak from personal experience). Before they know it things become unmanageable and the extra work stops completely. If you’re interested, here are a couple tips for creating an extra work routine that will last and that you can ultimately build from.
Simple tips regarding extra work:
- Include mobility
- Focus on weaknesses
- Start small
- Limit yourself to an hour at most
- Only add more when ready
If you’ve managed to build a nice routine for yourself that you’ve been able to commit to and hasn’t proven to be too time consuming, you can start to add in more work without feeling overwhelmed. It’s very important to build that routine first though. Never bite off more than you can chew. Careful though, if you add too much, suddenly working on your weaknesses doesn’t seem so appealing after getting dominated by Fran! Stay disciplined.