How Many Days a Week Should You CrossFit?
While many probably want a definitive answer, this simple yet important question is actually individualized just like everything else we do here!
Depending on the coach, and depending on the athlete, you’ll get varying opinions on the matter, too. It’s all very well-intended, of course, but at the end of the day, you need to figure out what works best for you and your current lifestyle.
We’ve all heard the saying, “What you put into it is what you’ll get out of it.”
Whether you are brand new to CrossFit, or a veteran athlete, going 3-5 days a week is the most common attendance rate!
In general, most should go a minimum of 3 days a week, and no more than 5 days in a row. There should ALWAYS be a minimum of one day a week that is a true REST day to allow for proper recovery.
Recovery is just as important as your workouts! Don’t skip rest day!
Don’t overthink it, folks. It ain’t rocket science, nor is it a matter of qualifying for the CF Games or not. ;-)
Show up as much as you can, give what you can in the workouts, and be sure to listen to your body and rest at least once or twice a week!
And, on a sidenote - Just as you take vacations from work and school, be sure to take a vacation from the gym about once a year. Yes, for real. When I used to train for Regionals every year, I always took an entire week off right after the Open. I did not go to the gym at all, I did not workout at all, and I didn’t even talk about CrossFit during that week. It was a major deload that I needed every year to prevent burnout.
Today, since I am no longer training to compete, I use our family vacations as my breaks from CrossFit.
If you really need to figure out a training regime, though, sit down with your coach and talk about:
A) What are your current fitness goals and why?
B) What are your current strengths and weaknesses, and how are you going to address them this year?
C) How much time a week can you really commit to consistently, without jeopardizing the other areas of your life and relationships?