Are you tired of all crossfit all the time? Why not taking an active break to come back to the box hungrier than before.
By applying the same ten training principles that CrossFit advocates – cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, power, speed, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance and accuracy – to other forms of training you can still benefit from the intense training sessions done in the box while taking a break from the “norm” to reset body and mind. One of the best options available to us in sunny, picturesque South Africa is the outdoor environment. There are various options in this regard, which also means the opportunities to train are endless. Depending on where you stay or how willing you are to travel, you cam easily go from the bush, to the mountains, to the desert, and even the ocean, and do any one of numerous activities available.
Well, you can use many of these ideas also in your home country. Don’t be afraid to vary activities.
South Africa is a mountain biking country. With races nearly every weekend, from single day events to multi-day stage races, there’s something for everyone. If you don’t feel like competing then simply decide for one of the many mountain biking routes available around the country and spend the day exploring your own path through nature.
Trail running is another good decision, especially if you want to take your training to another level. Running through nature will offer you some great experiences and the technical terrain and the steep climbs make it an intense form of workout that will definitely benefit your CrossFit. Again, there are numerous possibilities with regard to training routes and races around the country.
KAYAKING, CANOEING OR RAFTING
River and ocean kayaking, canoeing or rafting can be another enjoyable option for anyone who wants to try something new. No matter what you choose the experience will be unique and exhilarating, and will offer a great upper body and cardiovascular exercise too.
JOIN A CLUB
The camaraderie and support from other athletes in the CrossFit box and competitive environment is one of the main attributes that gets people hooked. If you like those vibes then why not joining a sporting club of some kind to keep that team spirit alive while you recharge away from CrossFit? There are various options – running clubs, soccer, touch rugby, cricket, action netball and volleyball – so you’ll definitely find the right team and activity for you. The faster paced games will also test and improve your skills and agility.
Another fun, intense and useful option is to get a few self defence classes under your belt. Krav Maga or MMA training offers some incredible full-body conditioning, and also helps you attain a lot of new skills.
ARCHERY AND SHOOTING
Archery is another great possibility to test your fitness and develop skills. It might not be the high intensity training of CrossFit but it does demand a good amount of core stability and strength, not to forget the focus to become proficient at it. With a few archery ranges and some outdoor shooting ranges that have 3D targets you can spend an enjoyable day out while challenging yourself in new ways.
No matter what you choose to do, having a break from the box can deliver enormous benefit to your body, motivation, and your mental focus. It gives you the time you need to reset while having great time exploring other options so that you return home fresher and more motivated. It also offers your body some much-needed time to recover without taking a complete break from physical activity. And you know what’s best? It’s the fact that CrossFit would have prepared you for any one of these activities without the need for specific training or conditioning.