CrossFit Over 50: Listen to Your Body

  2017-08-15 07:40AM
Regardless of your age, the same general principles apply when you walk in the door to your Crossfit gym: Be coachable. Focus on form over weight. Leave your ego at the door. As we get older, though, following these principles becomes an absolute necessity. Even if weve spent a lifetime being physically active, in a gym or otherwise, aging does bring its own set of challenges to a Crossfitters body. Our PRs may come harder and slower. 5 days a week may no longer feel good. We may not be at the top of the whiteboard (if we ever were to begin with!) Should we just give up and head for the golf course? Not so quick. Follow these suggestions first: Be Aware. In even the most well cared-for body, over time, tendons lose water content and ligaments lose elasticity, leading to possible changes in your flexibility. Its not a personal shortcoming. Its the nature of the human body. Understand it, accept it, and move on. Old injury? While you dont want to focus on it, its good to be realistic about it and what it means to your training--today. Be Mindful. Pay attention to your bodys cues. If something hurts, stop; communicate with your coach. Its common sense, but who of us hasnt at least once powered through a workout when we shouldnt have? Adrenaline can mask the pain until the WOD is over and the injury has occurred. Be Flexible. If your body is telling you that its not quite recovered from Mondays workout, dont be afraid to skip Tuesdays or Wednesdays, or at least scale it back. Dont be a slave to your training schedule, or to the weights you logged on your last workout. Dont let your ego get in the way of your real goals. Be Patient. We Crossfitters can be a competitive bunch--whether we are 25 or 55. And sometimes it is hard to see others around you seemingly making greater gains than you. You may not move up in weight as fast as you used to, or have the endurance to lead the pack in a run. But as long as you are showing up and doing the work, youre moving in the right direction. What have you learned about listening to your body as a more mature Crossfitter? Wed love to hear!


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