CrossFit follows a three day on, one day off training schedule. Once in awhile, it's nice to switch it up - you know, 2 days on, 1 day off. Other times you wanna just do two WOD's in one day. This is still okay, but going over 4 days in a row won't allow the body to properly rest.
Let's try this list on for size to see why we shouldn't extend ourselves too much:
- It will affect your performance.
- It will make proper recovery that much longer.
- You can increase your risk of injury to yourself.
I prefer to also stretch and work on proper technique during my off days. It allows for a disciplinary approach to what I coach and what I need to work on as an athlete. I don't know of a better way to reiterate the fundamental movements of CrossFit then to go over them again and again.
I am also not a nutritionist, but let's be honest - if you eat twinkies, doritos, and drink pepsi (nothing against any of those), you're going to perform like you consume them, junk-like. Proper nutrition isn't just important throughout your day, it's important after your workout. There are many different theories behind nutrition, from Paleo to Zone, whatever you like - but one thing is true, there is post workout recovery meals, snacks, or drinks that you can consume to help your body recover in a nutritious manner and it will do wonders in your performace.
Very important - water, 'nuff said - drink it.
This is not the last thing, as there are plenty of things to discuss, but rest. Naps are cool if that's your thing - but honestly, nothing beats 8-10 hours of sleep. That is the time when those muscles are recovering the most from what we have done to them.
So sleep, water, nutrition, and following a well prescribed regiment - a regiment which allows for proper recovery - you will indeed see some amazing things happen to your body, your performance, and most likely your life - can you ask for anything better?
“Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”
- Ralph Marston