How CrossFit Maximizes Your Potential In Other Sports

how crossfit can maximize sports performance

Looking at the world of sports, you can see that CrossFit has very quickly turned into one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world. It has had a huge impact on the fitness industry, and some of the CrossFit champions are acclaimed athletes today. What this means is that this efficient and engaging “new” sport has become closely connected to other sports as well. 

In fact, a great number of experienced sport experts have shown that it can actually maximize your potential in other sports as well. Those training for the triathlon, for example, have implemented CrossFit into their routine, and have been achieving great results. 

How Does CrossFit Fit The Picture? 

You need to take into account the whole variety of skills that CrossFit consists of. Even when approaching their warming up sessions, athletes tend to shift between rowing, swinging kettlebells, and using wall balls. Strength is an essential element of CrossFit training. Therefore, including a handstand practice or heavy deadlifts and kettlebell lifts, followed by a daily workout of push-ups, pull-ups, or running, makes a perfect training. Now imagine doing all that for a week. 

When looking at other sports, we can see that the cross training feature of CrossFit is a great solution for all kinds of athletes. In fact, there is a big number of baseball, football, and hockey players that reap the benefits of CrossFit as strength training during their off seasons. Next to previously mentioned triathletes, there are swimmers, cyclists, and runners who are aware that this kind of focused strength training combined with their regular sessions activates more groups of muscles and helps them move better. It enables them to go harder and faster than before. 

Even if you are not a professional athlete, you can find yourself a good coach, who can help you combine your favorite sports activity with the benefits of CrossFit training. 

CrossFit & Cycling 

If your favorite sport is cycling, it goes without saying that you should think more than just about the perfect equipment, such as the right tires and the right seat. If you have been going over the same routine for a long time (for example, cycling 2-3 days on a weekly basis and then combining that with 20 minutes of core workout 2 times a week), then it might be a perfect time that you consider introducing some changes. What CrossFit adds to your sessions is variety. Strength training and metabolic conditioning workouts are the perfect solution to maximize your performance as a cyclist. Next to that, you will gain a lot physically. 

Even during your offseason training, you can improve your cycling sessions. The best idea is to start lifting weights. Cycling and CrossFit are basically a great combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise with strength training. 

How To Properly Combine CrossFit With Triathlon Training 

For starters, if you opt for CrossFit, you need to commit yourself to running no more than three times a week. CrossFit will supplement all the necessary strength and anaerobic training that you think that you might be missing out on. As for your other running exercises during the week, you should take a single long endurance run, about 48 hours after your CrossFit workout, and two simple recovery runs where you are going to pay the most attention to footwork, running form, and rhythm. 

If your CrossFit training consists of deadlifts, pull-ups, and rowing, then you should replace your traditional swimming workout in the next 48 hours with either an easy recovery bike ride or simple aerobic swims. We promise you will still stay lean even without the additional cardio!

Make sure that you track your recovery status as much as you can. Use a tool such as Restwise, or simply check your resting heart rate in the morning. You need to make sure that you are not overtraining. If this happens, skip your next two CrossFit sessions and focus on aerobic-only exercises such as swimming, cycling, or running. 

CrossFit Conclusion 

The fact is that CrossFit is a great system for improving athletic performance. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a professional or doing sports for your personal gain, CrossFit will make you stronger and significantly improve your potential. So, dedicate yourself to proper CrossFit training along with your regular sessions, and you will be at the top of your game.

I hope you enjoyed this article about how CrossFit can maximize your potential in other sports while sticking to a shoestring budget.

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