Rest and Recovery

Rest and Recovery

Our community is awesome.

Over the past three months we have had a few new people join and every single one of these new people give me spirit and make coming into CrossFIt Whanganui a pleasure.

With the addition of CrossFit into your lives, your body will be adjusting to this increased/different movement and you may get some muscle soreness after working out.

These are called DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and is your bodies method of adapting to the extra stress and make you stronger, fitter and faster. However, addressing the soreness is important and can keep you feeling awesome and coming back to the box more often.

Remember, you don’t get fitter/stronger from working out. You get fitter/stronger from recovering from working out. Its the recovery part that is important and keeps you progressing vs hitting a plateau. Indeed, most performance enhancing drugs (steroids etc) don’t magically give you huge muscles and win you a tour de France. What they do allow you to do is work out like a monster, then recover abnormally fast, then train again like a monster the next day.

The golden formula for dealing to DOMS (without taking drugs):

Good sleep – We harp on about the importance of sleep a lot during these blogs. For good reason. Sleep is your bodies chance to recover from the day, and when most of your mental reset occurs. If you don’t get enough sleep, or enough quality sleep, you’ll notice that recover times take a lot longer.

Good food – Food is the building blocks needed to build a solid house. In this analogy your body is the house and the bricks and mortar are food. There are certain foods you can eat to help recover from DOMs, however, having a all-round good diet is a major key to faster and better recovery. The CrossFit prescription: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. If you want to book a nutrition consult with Karli email:

Good water – Growing up I was immersed in the culture of All Blacks drinking Powerade, but, honestly the best thing you can drink is good old-fashioned water. This is another building block that will help you recover and help you keep you sharp. Make sure it’s just water. Anything extra (sweetened drinks) are just marketing and really do nothing.

There are tonnes more that we can add here. The main point we want you guys to focus on is this: you bust your butts at the box. The maximise your training time, spend an equal amount of time on your recovery.