There comes a point in your training where the PR’s aren’t as huge as they used to be. In some cases, you may go for a stretch where there are no PRs. What is that, a slump? Training plateau? Don’t write that shit off like, “Meh. I just haven’t been feeling it recently.” That sounds like a mouth-queef to me and it means you’re ready for a sturdy cockpunch.
When you started CrossFit there was an initial period where you were making huge gains in all areas of fitness because in the beginning, you were probably terrible. This doesn’t apply to me because I’ve been a hardcock since my first CrossFit Kids WOD back in 1978: For time: Vagina escape, umbilical-cord descent, 1 burpee, 400m run (1:12 RX). Suck it, n00bs.
What exactly causes training plateaus? It could be a number of factors. To diagnose the problem, take a step back and make an assessment of your training, nutrition and rest. No shit, right? I’ve developed an algorithm to identify and solve the problem. It’s fairly simple.
Whoops! For those of you who are offended at my usage of the word ‘gay’, just know that I am not referring to people who are good at interior decorating and adoption. I use the word ‘gay’ in a manner to identify a lack of destromination in the gym, otherwise known as “being a fucking pussy”.
Keep in mind, ‘Harden The Fuck Up’ does not mean be an idiot and train like an arrogant psycho who is impervious to injury. It means to take control of all aspects of your life. Train with intensity, but train smart. Eat like a well-tuned machine for the purpose of athletic performance. Rest is not to be ignored, either. Many of you are like me and find it harder to take a needed rest day than saying, “fuck it, I’m going to the gym anyway.” Going to the gym when you should be resting is a product of mental weakness and is counterproductive.
A plateau is like your training has been put on hold. Don’t just wait around to see if it gets better. Identify your issues and make change. You’ve got to figure out.
Off-topic: If you are literally on hold (on the phone) hang up, call back and select the option for Espanol. You don’t even need to habla. Fumble through the directions, get to the Spanish-speaking operator and say, “Sorry, I think I made a mistake. Do you speak English?” Of course they speak English. And you just got to talk to a representative without waiting. I’ve done this for years and I never get put on hold. You’re welcome.