Tips to Get Ready for Your Next CrossFit Competition
Caffeinated CrossFit, Smyrna, Georgia
Doing the workout of the day has been fun, but you are getting ready to sign up for your first CrossFit Competition! Whether it is an inter-gym challenge, a small local competition, or a bigger regional level competition, competing is a different ball game. Here are a couple ways to prepare yourself and set the experience up for a fun time!
1) Grab your Friends! As with most experiences in life, the more friends you have with you, the more fun you will have. Whether you get them to volunteer, come support, or compete with you, the more, the merrier! It won’t just get you pumped up for the day, talking and preparing during the days leading up to the event will get you excited as well.
2) Don’t Forget Toilet Paper! It is normal to get anxious before an event and when everyone is getting the “anxious bathroom urges” throughout the whole day, there is often times a shortage of toilet paper. This usually depends on the event and availability of restrooms, but let’s admit it, better safe than sorry in this case! Some extra hand sanitizer wouldn’t be a bad idea either, especially with eating snacks right after working out on a barbell someone has no doubt bled and left skin cells on. :)
3) Bring and Drink Water!! Staying hydrated should be an everyday occurrence, but especially on competition days. With multiple workouts throughout the day and waiting around in the sun (depending on venue of course), your body needs more water than usual. Sometimes competition vendors have water fountains, but sometimes there is only bottled water for sale or tap water available. Best to bring water with you, or if you are feeling fancy, coconut water is a great source of hydration as well!
4) Learn but don’t get discouraged! Whether it is your first or fiftieth competition, there is always ways to improve and things to work on for the next go around. It is a constant learning process, and you need to be patient and take the positives and negatives from each experience. Take the time to acknowledge what went well and to work towards a plan to improve things that didn’t go as well. Get yourself excited to hit it back at the gym and kill it the next time around!
5) Have fun! Competing is fun and winning is fun, but remember, you are signed up to have a good time. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and make it a stressful event. You are with friends, doing something you love…enjoy it!