Competition vs Working Out vs Training

Working Out

When I first started down my fitness path, I really only thought about working out when I went to the gym. In those days I would go to the gym knowing that I was going to work on a predetermined body part. I would work that body part to failure over the course of an hour and a half and call it a day. I didn’t really think about how the movements I was doing would apply to anything specifically. I just knew that going through those motions would help me…somehow.  The most important part was just putting in the time.   And like most people I kept that up for a while.   I would always end up getting bored and stop going for a while then push really hard and stop again.   I never really felt like I was working towards anything specific or tangible.

Competition

Then came my introduction to CrossFit.   Just like everyone else, I was simply trying to survive at first.   But once I got the hang of it and had a group of friends I found that competing with them every time we stepped into the gym was fun.  It gave me great motivation and kept me hungry.  We would push each other to our max limits.   Doing this was great and got me results pretty quickly for a while, but pushing this hard almost always ended in an injury.  While we were pushing so hard, the time or the weight that we used became the most important aspect of that particular workout and in the end we would let the form slip a little to get a few more reps or pounds a head of each other.

Training

Now that I’ve grown a little bit wiser or maybe just older and I’m tired of hurting so much, I realize that maybe there should be a little more behind my workouts.  Beating the best time posted on the whiteboard isn’t my only goal anymore.   Each workout now has its own little piece that I really focus on.  Each workout has a purpose.  Sure, some of the workouts programmed at CrossFit Banshee are intended to see just how much you can push yourself.  These workouts will have less technical movements that will decrease the risk of injury.   Other workouts have a very specific role that they intend to fill and each workout is programmed to hit from a different angle each time you walk in the gym.   Luckily each workout is run by a CrossFit Banshee Coach to help guide each person through the workout and find the purpose behind the madness.

 

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