CrossFit is more than just a workout routine; it’s a journey towards self-improvement and personal growth. One of the key steps in this journey is learning about and applying a concept called “threshold training.”
What is Threshold Training?
Threshold training is like a balancing act. It’s about finding the sweet spot between how well you do an exercise (your technique) and how hard you push yourself (your intensity). This balance is crucial to get the most out of your CrossFit workouts.
In simple terms, threshold training is about pushing your limits. It’s like turning up the volume on your workout, but also making sure you’re still playing the right notes.
Understanding Threshold Training
Imagine you’re learning to type. To be a good typist, you need to be fast, but you also need to hit the right keys. If you only focus on speed, you’ll make lots of mistakes. But if you only focus on accuracy, you’ll type too slowly. The goal is to type quickly and accurately.
Working out is similar. You want to do your exercises quickly to get your heart pumping and your muscles working. But you also want to do them correctly to avoid injury and make sure you’re working the right muscles. No one becomes a great typist (or a great athlete) without testing their speed.
Why Pushing Your Limits Matters
In any activity where speed matters, there’s a trade-off between going fast and making mistakes. This is where threshold training comes in. It’s about pushing your speed, making mistakes, and then learning from them.
Think about learning to ride a bike. At first, you might wobble and fall. But as you keep trying, you learn to balance and control the bike, even at high speeds. This is the essence of threshold training: pushing your speed, learning to control it, and then pushing it again.
Your CrossFit Journey
When you start your CrossFit journey, you’ll begin with exercises that match your current fitness level. For example, you might start with a workout that takes you eight minutes to complete. You might struggle a bit towards the end, but that’s okay.
Your goal over time is to get better. You’ll aim to finish that workout more quickly, or to do more repetitions, or to lift heavier weights. This is where threshold training becomes important. It’s the key to improving your performance.
Our workouts don’t just make your muscles bigger and stronger. They also help you become faster and more coordinated. They help you improve your balance and accuracy. In other words, they help you become better at moving your body.
CrossFit is about discovering your potential and pushing your limits. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself. So, embrace the challenge of threshold training and watch as you transform into a stronger, faster, and more confident version of yourself.
Remember, the only limits that exist are the ones you set for yourself. So, push hard, train harder, and let CrossFit help you discover your potential.