Oct 18th, 2011
On stimulants (i.e. caffiene) – There’s a niche of athletes that will “caffeinate” themselves before a workout. The theory is that if you are amped up on the boost of caffiene or other stimulant, you’ll be able to output more power and thus get a better physical adaptation from the workouts. My only concern with doing so is where the line is drawn between using external stimulants to boost your performance as opposed to using external stimulants just to feel normal for the workouts.
How many of you absolutely “need” coffee to start your day? I believe there is a clear difference from occasionally using coffee or some other form of natural caffeine to give yourself a boost versus being dependent on it (as I used to be, along with Rockstars, and caffiene pills!). The dependency of external stimulants is a red flag for the bigger underlying problem: inadequate nutrition and inadequate rest. You’ve got one life, you owe it to yourself to make the time to balance your nutrition and rest. It’s in your control, just try to open your mind to opportunities that your self imposed limitations may be causing you to overlook.
Every few months we retest one of the phases from the Athletic Skills Test developed by CrossFit Seattle. Training has to be fun and our type of fun usually comes from seeing some milestones achieved. It’s important to celebrate your successes, because every small success is what builds you up towards your larger goals.
101411 AST Phase 1