Rest, it is part of the program.
Too many CrossFitters (even those of us who have been doing this a while) get caught up in overtraining. Don’t be afraid to schedule in a deload day once per week, or a deload week every 4-6 weeks where you cut the weight, rounds, and intensity in half. You have to think about this from a longevity standpoint. If you’re killing yourself every time you step foot in the gym, week after week, month after month, year after year, you’re going to eventually break down. You need to respect your time outside of the gym. There’s an old weightlifting adage that goes something like: “You don’t get bigger and stronger from lifting weights, you get bigger and stronger from recovering from lifting weights.”
Proper nutrition, hydration and sleep all play their part in recovery, but you also need to listen to your body. If you continuously beat yourself down, you’re going to get hurt, injured or worse. Stay on top of your mobility work. If you haven’t done so yet, check out our mobility class on Sunday mornings at 8am. And to get the 411 on the CrossFit methodology for rest. check out this article from the archives
December 12, 2013 WODStrength Push Press 3-3-3-3-3-3-3
Conditioning Complete sets of 3-6-9-12-15 for time of sumo-deadlift high pull knee to elbow