How much is enough (or not enough)?

Posted: January 25, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit, WOD

The topic of this blog is one you are going to see multiple times – “How many WODs should I be doing a week?”.

The official Rx from the CrossFit main site  is 3 days on followed by 1 day of rest. The thought is the first three days you can still go with full intensity without feeling the full effects (fatigue, soreness) of the previous days’ WODs. And the rest day is vital to re-charge so you can go with a high level intensity when you start the cycle again. Oh, and rest means rest – not a heavy day, not a 4-mile run on the beach – rest!!!!

Realistically, such a cut and dried schedule is tough to pull off for many people. But that should be your goal – 3 on, 1 off, repeat. So now you know what the Rx for WOD frequency is, let’s talk about the other (more important) side of this topic.

What’s the minimum number of WODs you should be doing each week?

The answer is three WODs per week minimum. No less. If you do any less, you might as well not be doing it. You are not going to achieve any of your fitness goals by coming to the box any less than three times per week. Three is a bare minimum. THREE! Four is way better!  Most people who end up not succeeding at CrossFit and not achieving their goals can trace their failure back to one of two causes – infrequent WODs or poor diet habits (or both). Look, you are making an investment. Not getting the most out of that investment just doesn’t makes sense.

If you are going to join CrossFit then join it. Not just part way , we’re talking the whole monty. Commit yourself to at least three WODs a week. And when you are at the box, make sure your mind is there and nowhere else. Go balls out every time! Give it all you’ve got. COMPLETE EVERY REP (cough, cough)!

Because if you just want to workout twice a week, head down the road to 24-Hour Fitness for All. You won’t get results there either, but at least you’ll save some cash.


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