Western Hunter Magazine July/August 2019 #70 - Page 87

FITNESS / NUTRITION KRISTY TITUS, FITNESS/NUTRITION EDITOR Cultivating a Workload Crossfit’s naturally social setting encourages accountability and creates dynamic friendships. Instead of watching yourself lift or workout in a mirror, you may find yourself only watching the person across the room. Perhaps you admire their strength, endurance, or ability to complete gym- nastics moves. This outward view naturally inspires a competitive nature within oneself and therefore drives the body and spirit to work harder than you may in a traditional gym setting. But most of the time, you will find yourself completely focused on the workout and forget the existence of time or the other people around you as you immerse yourself in the WOD. The social aspect of CrossFit is one of my fa- vorite reasons for going. The “box” hosts a family atmosphere that allows you to connect with other fitness-centered individuals. Also, there is a box in nearly every town across the country that welcomes visitors with open arms. Their availability makes squeezing in workouts much easier while traveling. Registering for a themed run is a fun activity that can motivate daily dedication. info@westernhunter.net The biggest reason that I love CrossFit is that it helps me excel on the mountain. The foundational movements help to build muscular strength and the WOD helps to develop muscular and cardio- vascular endurance. Cardiovascular endurance in the gym or on a hunt is one of the best investments that you can make in your body. With a strong heart, you can maintain your pace for extended periods of time. You can test your cardiovascular endurance levels with a VO2 Max test. This test will establish your current physical condition and help you determine a baseline training program. Later, you can retest to track your progress and evaluate the effective- ness of your training plan. There are a few ways to increase your natural endurance levels and CrossFit is a great starting point. Many WOD’s feature short but very intense circuits that allow for little to no rest between move- ments. These intense efforts will build muscular strength of your heart because it is a muscle. In addition to CrossFit, running is one of my favorite endurance builders. Let me first preface this entire topic by saying that I’m built for com- fort, not speed, and I am not fast. My relationship with running started with more hatred but slowly transformed into love. When I started running, I would jog a song on the radio, then recover by walking two songs, then repeat for whatever timeframe I had set for that Hitting Restart As much as I love it, I’m not able to attend classes as often as I would like during hunting sea- son. Thus, there is a return to zero for me each year. To be honest, I quite often dread the first few weeks back because of the muscular soreness that can occur. This is the “return to zero” phase. With CrossFit, a qualified instructor will help you to get through each workout, regardless of your age and/ or physical limitations, so don’t be afraid to show up and try. Start out challenging yourself but not so much that you aren’t able to sit on the toilet or lift your arms above your head to wash your hair the next day. Ask your instructor to help you to scale the weight that you lift to coincide with your current fitness level. This can be hard to do when your com- petitive nature kicks in, so do your best to ignore that part of yourself at least until you get back into the swing of things. Be patient. With time, you will quickly gain both strength and endurance. Typically, it takes two to three weeks of consistent attendance before I feel like my body is back to my zero point. For me, a zero point is where you can workout every day without being overly sore after each workout. You wake up looking forward to going to the gym and ready to work. Chalk-covered clothing is a common sight in most CrossFit gyms. WESTERN HUNTER 87