If you have done CrossFit or heard of CrossFit, you have probably heard that it’s intense and that it’s hard. You may have heard that you people get injured because of the intensity. Today we are going to talk about the idea of focusing on quality before intensity and how we do that at CrossFit 286.
Intensity is great, it gets a lot of muscle contractions and gets the heart rate up. Both of these are fantastic for driving results in a shorter time frame. However, we need to be aware of the quality of our movement prior to adding in intensity. When we put our body under a lot of stress (intensity) it will default to its “regular” movement pattern. If that is one that is poor quality, we will put ourselves in compromised positions. Over the short term, you can compensate and not feel adverse effects and even see great results. But over the long term, you will begin to have aches and pains come up, or what people refer to as injuries. It does you no good to crush workouts for a few months and see amazing results, only to be in so much pain a few months later that you can’t workout and lose all your results!
So what is the right blend of intensity versus quality. At CrossFit 286, we start with quality. We assess everyone who comes in so we can see their baseline and give them a process to improve over the long term, pain free. When they enter classes, the focus remains on quality. We constantly customize workouts for individuals so they can benefit without being put in compromising positions. As we move through this process and people improve in assessment scores and movement quality improves, we then begin to dose in intensity, in appropriate amounts. Once an individual has demonstrated proficiency in movements, only then can they express the full intensity of a workout. That is a goal many people have, but it takes time focusing on quality to get there.
Quality over everything. We start slow with everyone and only add in intensity when it becomes appropriate to do so. If you want to have a customized plan set up for you, book an intro and we can help you out! Assess first, quality second, intensity last!